Cauldron (ZX Spectrum)

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Playing a witch, you must assemble the six ingredients required to kill off your arch-rival, an evil pumpkin. The ingredients are all located in underground buildings, each of which can only be entered once you've found the appropriate key. The keys are located overground, and you must fly around on your broom to collect them.

The overground sections play like standard shoot 'em ups, as your broom is not affected by gravity and can fire bullets using your magic energy. Bats, fireballs and even seagulls are among the many creatures trying to stop you - contact will cost you more energy than shooting at them would. There are energy recharges on offer.

Once you go underground, the gameplay becomes a test of precision platform jumping, including some Manic Miner-esque blind jumps. The six underground sections can be completed in a variety of orders, but you will sometimes reach points that cna't be completed without objects from other sections, so a lot of back-tracking is required. Although you start with nine lives, they won't last all that long at first.


Cauldron ZX Spectrum One of the buildings which contain the platform sections
Cauldron ZX Spectrum Ready to start the game
Cauldron ZX Spectrum Lining up to shoot those bats
Cauldron ZX Spectrum Another building - locked

Alternate Titles

  • "Hexenk├╝che" -- German C64 title

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Sinclair User Jul, 1985 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Crash! Jun, 1985 91 out of 100 91


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Title translation

The Commodore 64's German title translates into English as Witchkitchen.


  • Happy Computer
    • Issue 02/1986 - #9 Best Game in 1985 (Readers' Vote)

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  • Devil Markus (released a remake of Cauldron for Windows (available in English, French and German).)
Martin Smith (63030) added Cauldron (ZX Spectrum) on Aug 31, 2004
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