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In Shadow of the Unicorn, the player assumes the role of multiple characters, trying to get rid of the evil and chaos unleashed upon two kingdoms when a magical book was unsealed.

At the beginning of the game, it's possible to switch between three different characters - the King of Oronfall, his Satyr friend, and a wizard. Eventually, the number grows to ten, once a controllable character has been found. The explored lands are shown from a side view, with a compass indicating the currently viewed direction. Pressing the appropriate keys or joystick changes the view and lets the player travel in a different direction. There are furthermore bars indicating the energy and injury level of the currently controlled character. Energy is decreasing slowly over time and may be refilled when magical bushes are found, while injuries occur from occasional fights with hostile creatures. Objects necessary to complete the quest are scattered throughout the land. Some clues in addition to the back story are contained in the accompanying novel of the game.


Shadow of the Unicorn ZX Spectrum Found some tents
Shadow of the Unicorn ZX Spectrum Hostile creature on the right
Shadow of the Unicorn ZX Spectrum Exploring with the Wizard Avarath
Shadow of the Unicorn ZX Spectrum Location in the distance

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Computer and Video Games (CVG) Dec, 1985 30 out of 40 75


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Hardware dongle

The game was delivered with the hardware extension "Mikro-Plus", which contained 16K-ROM and joystick port. It also worked as copy-protection dongle. The delivery of this hardware piece with the game resulted in a price twice as high as other Spectrum games at the time.
Trypticon (11037) added Shadow of the Unicorn (ZX Spectrum) on Nov 09, 2011
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