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Magic Knight's second game (after Finders Keepers) sees him travelling through time to rescue 8 people including his tutor Gimbal, who have become locked in time thanks to a faulty spell.

The game invented a whole new control system, essentially pioneering the use of icons and windows in adventure games. You control a pointing finger, which can be moved onto each of the menus to reveal sub-menus, which contain the main options for object manipulation.

All objects can be examined in detail, which produces a visual display of them, and possible clues as to their usage. You must look after your character's health and energy levels - carrying too many objects will progressively weaken him. You must also look after and direct the trapped characters once you locate them.


Spellbound Atari 8-bit Starting location
Spellbound ZX Spectrum A Red Herring.
Spellbound Amstrad CPC Hey! Who turned out the lights?
Spellbound Commodore 64 Examine a character...

Alternate Titles

  • "Spellbound: A true Graphic Adventure" -- In-game title

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Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Jan, 1986 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Crash! ZX Spectrum Jan, 1986 95 out of 100 95
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari 8-bit Oct, 1987 9 out of 10 90
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Oct, 1986 9 out of 10 90
Amstrad Action Amstrad CPC Mar, 1986 90 out of 100 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Jan, 1986 9 out of 10 90
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Feb, 1986 8 out of 10 80
Eurogamer.net (UK) ZX Spectrum Oct 19, 2007 8 out of 10 80
64'er Commodore 64 Jul, 1986 11 out of 15 73
Atari Gamer - XL-XE Game Review Edition Atari 8-bit Dec, 2013 7 out of 10 70


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According to the magazine Retro Gamer (issue #1), the game was Mastertronic's #24 best selling game (152.378 copies).


  • Computer Gamer
    • February 1986 (issue #17) - Included in the list Spectrum Collection (the best Spectrum ZX games since 1985 by editorial staff choice)
  • Happy Computer
    • 1986 - Runner-up as Budget Game of the Year

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