DescriptionMagic 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: A true Graphic Adventure" -- In-game title
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|Sinclair User||ZX Spectrum||Jan, 1986||100|
|Crash!||ZX Spectrum||Jan, 1986||95 out of 100||95|
|Amstrad Action||Amstrad CPC||Mar, 1986||90 out of 100||90|
|Computer and Video Games (CVG)||Atari 8-bit||Oct, 1987||9 out of 10||90|
|Computer and Video Games (CVG)||ZX Spectrum||Jan, 1986||9 out of 10||90|
|Your Sinclair||ZX Spectrum||Oct, 1986||9 out of 10||90|
|Eurogamer.net (UK)||ZX Spectrum||Oct 19, 2007||8 out of 10||80|
|Your Sinclair||ZX Spectrum||Feb, 1986||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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SalesAccording 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
Related Web Sites
- Game Map (A screenshot map of the game)