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Stormbringer is the fourth and final game to star Magic Knight, and the only one to make it onto 16-bit systems. Magic Knight must meet with his alter-ego, the Off-White Knight, by reaching his castle hideout - which means clearing 64 screens of adventure.

As with the rest of the series, the game uses a largely visual system, in which a press of the fire button calls up a menu of options, such as 'examine', 'pick up' or 'cast spell. Selecting these calls up a sub-menu to choose what should be examined or thrown, which objects to combine, which spells to cast, and so on. The objects to be used include a chicken, a disguise, and eggs. One new feature is that bolts of lightning are fired down at Magic Knight from the sky, and these must be avoided.

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Stormbringer Amstrad CPC Title screen and main menu
Stormbringer Atari ST Know thyself
Stormbringer Commodore 64 Hmm. I wonder what this spell does?
Stormbringer MSX I guess that's the storm that was brought.

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  • "Stormbringer ST" -- Atari ST title

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Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Jul, 1987 10 out of 10 100
Zzap! Commodore 64 Jul, 1988 70 out of 100 70

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Cover

For the first time in the series the cover art favoured fantasy over cartoon style that could be seen in the earlier games.

Conversions

As for all conversions of Mastertronic titles other programmers than the author itself carried them out. However "Stormbringer" was the first (and last) in the series of Magic Knight that was ported to 16-bit machine. Andrew Shore did the job porting the title to Atari ST. David Jones liked it but he commented in Retro Gamer 27 that if he had done himself he would have added a lot more as the ST could handle all the things the Spectrum couldn't.

The ST version advertised that conversions of "Spellbound" and "Knight-Tyme" would follow but neither materialised.

The fifth game in the series

However the fifth installment of Magic Knight's adventures didn't appear, David Jones was looking to wind up the story by moving the character back to the ancient times and revealing his or rather her true identity. The game was intended to shift the series to the Atari ST as the main platform.
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