Spellbound (ZX Spectrum)

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Description

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.

Screenshots

Spellbound ZX Spectrum Options Screen.
Spellbound ZX Spectrum A Red Herring.
Spellbound ZX Spectrum You start out in the aptly name Start Room.
Spellbound ZX Spectrum Use the interface to interact with the world of Spellbound.

Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

Sinclair User Jan, 1986 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Crash! Jan, 1986 95 out of 100 95
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Jan, 1986 9 out of 10 90
Your Sinclair Oct, 1986 9 out of 10 90
Your Sinclair Feb, 1986 8 out of 10 80
Eurogamer.net (UK) Oct 19, 2007 8 out of 10 80

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Trivia

Sales

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

Awards

  • 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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Martin Smith (62938) added Spellbound (ZX Spectrum) on Feb 02, 2005
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