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aka: Hexenküche

Description official description

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 can'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.

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Credits (Commodore 64 version)

Pulsating Programming
Dynamic Designing
Amiable Assisting




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

The Evil Dead

The ZX Spectrum version came with a bonus game, The Evil Dead

Title translation

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

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Related Sites +

  • CPC-Power (in French)
    For Amstrad CPC: game database entry; game packaging; manual digitalizations; goodies; advertisement; magazine reviews; downloadable releases; additional material.
  • CPCRrulez (in French)
    For Amstrad CPC: game database entry; advertisement; game packaging; downloadable releases; additional material.
  • Lemon 64
    For Commodore 64: game entry database; advertisement; magazine reviews; music; documentation; cover art; additional material.
  • The Tipshop
    For ZX Spectrum: a central archive for all Spectrum and SAM games hints, tips, cheats, maps, hacks and pokes.
  • Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Encyclopaedic entry for the combined platforms of the game.
  • Windows remake
    a remake of Cauldron by Evilmarkus for Windows
  • World of Spectrum
    For ZX Spectrum: downloadable releases; additional material including – cassette inlay, advertisement, instructions; remakes links; player reviews; magazine references; magazine adverts.

Identifiers +

  • MobyGames ID: 14610


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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Martin Smith.

Amstrad CPC added by Kabushi. Antstream added by lights out party.

Additional contributors: LepricahnsGold, Macs Black, Patrick Bregger, S Olafsson, ZeTomes.

Game added August 31st, 2004. Last modified June 1st, 2023.