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The Magic Candle is best described as an Ultima clone. Its a top-down party-driven RPG.

The plot revolves around you (Lukas) and your party of intrepid adventurers, whose task it is to seal the demon Dreax within the Magic Candle (which is burning down, and when it does, he gets released).

The game has 3 difficulty levels (changing the number of 'days' you get to complete the game in.) A lot of travelling, dungeon-crawling, town-exploring, and especially, lots of conversing with NPCs.


The Magic Candle: Volume 1 Apple II “The Black Knight Always Triumphs!”  Or not.
The Magic Candle: Volume 1 NES There is no world map: the transition between towns and wilderness is smooth
The Magic Candle: Volume 1 PC-98 I need some sleep...
The Magic Candle: Volume 1 PC-98 Character stats

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The Magic Candle: Volume 1 Magazine Advertisement

Alternate Titles

  • "マジックキャンドル" -- Famicom Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

An Original story and great game engine! One of the best fantasy based RPGs. DOS Yakumo (473)
The Ultimate old-school RPG DOS dave taylor (6)
Huge game needs a big notebook DOS Will Myers (3)

Critic Reviews

Lemon64 Commodore 64 May 15, 2009 10 out of 10 100 Commodore 64 Dec 16, 2008 100 out of 100 100
Zzap! Commodore 64 Apr, 1991 90 out of 100 90
The Games Machine (UK) DOS May, 1990 90 out of 100 90
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Commodore 64 1992 71 out of 100 71
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Jun, 1991 8.4 out of 12 70
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Jul, 1991 58 out of 100 58
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Sep, 1989 6 out of 12 50
All Game Guide DOS 1998 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Apple II Apr, 1989 Unscored Unscored


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  • Computer Gaming World
    • October 1989 (Issue #64) – Role-Playing Game of the Year
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – Most Rewarding Ending of All Time

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