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Victor Hugo never could have expected that his creation Quasimodo, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, would run such an obstacle course as is dished up in this game, dodging fireballs and arrows while leaping over pits and pikemen, sometimes with the help of a swinging bell-pull rope, in hopes of rescuing his beloved Esmeralda from the top tower -- all while being slow-but-steady chased across the castle parapets by an invincible knight in full armour. Once you get the hang of any individual obstacle, the game starts throwing them at you in tandem, until toward the end you're tracking the swing of the rope, the thrust of the lance, the approach of the arrow and the advance of the knight all simultaneously. Succeed, against all odds, and you get to do it again, but faster! Even an able-bodied protagonist would have a hard time juggling all these threats, but the player must succeed controlling a handicapped person.


Hunchback Oric The knights-in-ditches screen
Hunchback Oric Loading screen
Hunchback ZX Spectrum Swing, Quasi!
Hunchback BBC Micro The final level completed and Esmeralda has been rescued.

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Alternate Titles

  • "El Jorobado" -- Spanish Spectrum title

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User Reviews

Excellent and addictive at the same time. Commodore 64 Katakis | カタキス (42253)

Critic Reviews

Your Spectrum ZX Spectrum May, 1984 8.33 out of 10 83
Commodore User VIC-20 Jun, 1985 14 out of 20 70
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Jul, 1984 7 out of 10 70
Micro 7 Oric May, 1984 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 67
Micro 7 Amstrad CPC Jul, 1985 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 67
Crash! ZX Spectrum Mar, 1984 66 out of 100 66
Computer and Video Games (CVG) BBC Micro May, 1984 6 out of 10 60
Tilt MSX Jul, 1985 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 50


Topic # Posts Last Post
PC version should be split out 2 Rwolf (18460)
Jan 18, 2014


Cancelled Atari 8-Bit version

Steven MacIlwee converted the game to the Atari 8-bit lineage, but this version never made it past the prototype stage.


  • ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
    • February 1991 (issue #41) - Included in the list Greatest Games of all Time, section Platform-based Games (editorial staff choice)

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