Asterix & the Magic Cauldron is a fun action platform game based on the popular French Asterix comic books. In this game, Asterix is out to find the missing pieces needed to make the Magic potion. The game is based on humorous elements and addictive gameplay and was released only for the Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64 and ZX Spectrum home computers.
STORY / GAMEPLAY The year is 50BC and the game takes place in a Roman-occupied Gaul. Romans have conquered the territory except your village that still holds against them. The action starts at the Gaul village and Asterix -along with Ovelix- must move on to the forest and the Roman camps. The main quest is to find and retrieve all the Magic Cauldron's missing pieces, so that the magician Getafix can brew a magic portion to protect the village and defeat the mighty Roman soldiers. Along the way you will encounter several incoming Roman troops and must defeat them with your powerful fists. A unique feature of this game is that when Asterix meets a wild boar or a Roman centurion, a separate fight scene (in a zoomed perspective) ensues. Your energy bar is shown as food and you need to replenish your energy quite often as the Romans are hard to take down in each fight. Defeated wild boars can be eaten to provide extra stamina. Asterix and The Magic Cauldron is a really fun game!
GRAPHICS / SOUND The graphics are really nicely drawn on the C64 using a large number of colors, cartoonish backgrounds and sprites that remind us of the renowned comic book series. The Gaulish villages and the forests are nicely drawn and the sprites resemble the original comic characters. The game's sound features some nice in-game tunes (while the CPC and ZX counterparts are limited to sound effects only).