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The Witch's Cauldron is a text adventure with graphics where the protagonist is turned into a slimy toad by the witch Hazel, apparently inspired by the classic fairy tale The Frog King. Imprisoned on the witch's island, the player needs to get the main character back to his original form by collecting ingredients and mixing them into the cauldron, with complementary adventure game puzzles.

During the game, the player will transform into various creatures, such as a bat, a cat or an ape, while trying to regain the human form. The screen has been divided horizontally in a graphic representation of the scene (top) and a lower part for the text description and commands. The scenes are not shown from a first-person perspective. Instead, the player is able to see its form in a third-person view from the side, showing the current location in relation to the objects.

There are about 100 rooms to explore and some puzzles require a specific form. If a shape change happens to quickly, it becomes possible to miss out on items.


The Witch's Cauldron ZX Spectrum Loading screen
The Witch's Cauldron Commodore 64 Starting on a couch
The Witch's Cauldron Commodore 64 The mouse will help us if we solve its riddle.
The Witch's Cauldron Commodore 64 Entered a mouse hole and got caught in a trap

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Crash! ZX Spectrum Jun, 1985 10 out of 10 100
Popular Computing Weekly ZX Spectrum Dec 13, 1984 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Apr, 1985 7 out of 10 70
Zzap! Commodore 64 May, 1985 65 out of 100 65
Your Computer ZX Spectrum Feb, 1985 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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