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After trying to rescue a drowning young woman, a young magician named Merlin is drawn into a fantasy world which is threatened by the evil Shadow King. Naturally, it is his job to save this world and also to rescue the aforementioned woman, who has been kidnapped by the Shadow King.

Young Merlin is an action game with puzzle-solving elements. The hero has to fight enemies using spells that are gathered during the progress of the game, as well as solve puzzles, interact with the game's inhabitants, and use several objects. What sets this title apart from similar games is the fact that there is no text in the entire game; instead, icons are used to represent conversations. Furthermore, the game uses passwords instead of a battery to record the player's progress.


Young Merlin SNES In the mines, fighting some dwarfs
Young Merlin SNES Boxel-style puzzles
Young Merlin SNES Combat
Young Merlin SNES Underwater level

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Mega Fun Mar, 1994 85 out of 100 85
Player One Mar, 1994 85 out of 100 85
Play Time Apr 06, 1994 81 out of 100 81
Nintendo Magazine System UK Jan, 1994 80 out of 100 80
GamePro (US) Mar, 1994 4 out of 5 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Jan, 1994 38 out of 50 76
Total! (Germany) Oct, 1996 2.25 out of 6 75 May 04, 2019 14 out of 20 70
High Score Jun, 1994 3 out of 5 60
RPGFan Jun 08, 2001 55 out of 100 55


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Mobygamesisreanimated (11177) added Young Merlin (SNES) on Jun 24, 2004