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Corruption is one of Magnetic Scrolls' interactive fiction games. The player takes control of a stockbroker on the fast track to riches. Suddenly, there are attempts on his life, with the words 'insider dealings' floating around. The hero is framed for a crime he didn't commit, and must prove his innocence before it is too late.

The game is a text adventure with graphics; the player inputs verb commands to interact with the environment and advance the story. The gameplay focuses on realistic investigation and information-gathering rather than puzzle-solving.


Corruption ZX Spectrum The game takes a while to load. There's no pretty picture to look at while it does
Corruption ZX Spectrum The opening to the story part 2
Corruption ZX Spectrum The text parser seems to understand most things
Corruption ZX Spectrum There's no menu and no credits. It's straight into the game

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Alternate Titles

  • "Upon Westminster Bridge" -- working title

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Critic Reviews

Sinclair User Oct, 1988 90 out of 100 90
Crash! Oct, 1988 85 out of 100 85
Your Sinclair Nov, 1988 7 out of 10 70


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The game comes with a cassette tape on which is a vital conversation pertaining to the game (it also had a coupon to send in, if you were not fortunate enough to own a cassette player).

The game also had a 'casino chip' that never showed up in your inventory. It was used as part of the copy protection.


Sticking with the 'real-world' theme, the manual is in the form of Filofax pages, complete with ring binder holes for you to put into your actual Filofax.


  • Computer and Video Games
    • Issue 06/1989 - Winner Golden Joystick Award 1989 for Best 8-Bit Adventure Game (reader's vote)
    • Issue 06/1989 - Runner-Up Golden Joystick Award 1989 for Best 16-Bit Adventure Game (reader's vote)

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Martin Smith (66801) added Corruption (ZX Spectrum) on Sep 19, 2006
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