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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. In comparison to its prequel the game has a larger game map, bigger and better graphics and more puzzles.

The game invented a whole new control system called Windimation, 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 Amstrad CPC Title screen
Spellbound ZX Spectrum Use the interface to interact with the world of Spellbound.
Spellbound ZX Spectrum A Red Herring.
Spellbound Atari 8-bit I have released...Banshee

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Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Jan, 1986 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Crash! ZX Spectrum Jan, 1986 95 out of 100 95
Amtix! Amstrad CPC Mar, 1986 93 out of 100 93
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Oct, 1986 9 out of 10 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Jan, 1986 9 out of 10 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari 8-bit Oct, 1987 9 out of 10 90
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Feb, 1986 8 out of 10 80
Eurogamer.net (UK) ZX Spectrum Oct 19, 2007 8 out of 10 80
64'er Commodore 64 Jul, 1986 11 out of 15 73
Atari Gamer - XL-XE Game Review Edition Atari 8-bit Dec, 2013 7 out of 10 70

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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).

Development

David Jones was given complete editorial control over the sequel. Mastertronic told him that they would sell anything he would do. It took five months to complete the game including the development of Windimation on-screen menu system which was inspired by Apple Mac interface David had seen for five minutes.

Crime Busters Inc.

IJK Software released a game for ZX Spectrum called "Crime Busters Inc." which was a carbon copy of "Spellbound" featuring the same puzzles, the same menu system and even the same built-in hacker protection scheme. The situation came to light when IJK sent a review copy to Sinclair User magazine staff writer who immediately noticed the similiarities between two games. Mastertronic demanded the game to be withdrawn from sale and IJK complied with the order and plagiarising programmer - Harry Price had to write a letter of apology.

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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