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Spellbreaker

MobyRank MobyScore
Amiga
...
4.3
Atari 8-bit
...
4.0
Atari ST
...
3.2
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Description

The head of the Circle of Enchanters is a brave hero, the same one who has defeated the evil Krill and solved the mystery of the Necromancer Belboz. However, now an even greater threat has appeared: the very foundations of the art of Magic seem to be failing! The Guilds organize a great assembly to discuss the alarming waning of Magic; suddenly, a mysterious shadowy figure casts a spell that transforms everyone to toads and newts - everyone but the intrepid leader of the Circle, who must commit his most heroic deeds yet, solving the hardest mystery of all.

The concluding part of the Enchanter trilogy within the Zork universe, Spellbreaker is a sequel to Sorcerer. The game plays similarly to its predecessors, the player inputting text commands to interact with the game world and solve puzzles. The magic system is still present; however, spellcasting can fail now, due to the game's premise of the decline of magic. A new feature is the player's ability to name the objects the protagonist collects in the game. This ability becomes a necessity when the player is required to collect the identically-looking Cubes of Foundation, having to name them in order to differentiate between them.

Screenshots

Spellbreaker DOS One of the major puzzles in the game - the grid of octagonal rooms.
Spellbreaker Macintosh Council Chamber - intro
Spellbreaker Atari 8-bit Game start
Spellbreaker Macintosh Council Chamber - intro finish

Alternate Titles

  • "Spellcrafter" -- Working title
  • "Spellbreaker - An Interactive Fantasy" -- Tag-lined title
  • "Mage" -- Working Title

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User Reviews

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The Press Says

SPAG DOS Oct 11, 1998 8.5 out of 10 85
Tilt Apple II Jul, 1987 13 out of 20 65
Adventure Classic Gaming DOS Dec 12, 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
All Game Guide Macintosh 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Techtite Apple II 2000 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

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Trivia

Title

There was a big fight between the creative and marketing department over the title. While the developers wanted to call the game Mage to fit it with the titles of the two predecessors, the marketing people felt that the title was too short and the expression too unknown. They did research and found that most people could not even pronounce the word correctly. In the end, marketing won.

Related Web Sites

  • Infocom homepage (At this site you can find information on ALL of Infocom's interactive games, Infocom related articles, sample transcripts, InvisiClue hints, walkthroughs, maps and information on buying Infocom games today.)
  • The Infocom Gallery (High-quality scans of the grey box package and manual of Spellbreaker.)
Contributed to by Brian Hirt (10020), Trypticon (6183), Droog (463), Kabushi (116227), Martin Smith (63198), Terok Nor (17833), Игги Друге (38166) and Belboz (6579)