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Cauldron 2

Cauldron 2
GenreAction Adventure
Developer / PublisherPalace Software
Released1986
Media1 x tape
Rating
Graphics:7.0
Sound:6.5
Gameplay:8.0
Overall:7.0
Reviewed byndial
If you enjoyed Cauldron the first time around, you'll certainly enjoy Cauldron II: The Pumpkin Strikes! The game was published by Palace Software in 1986 for the ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64 and Amstrad CPC 8bit home-computers.
 
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Cauldron 2 It is the sequel to 1985's Cauldron. The game continues from the same story as Cauldron, but this time the roles are reversed: the player takes the role of a pumpkin and has to defeat the witch. Oh yes, the evil witch wiped out all but one of the innocent pumpkins and brought evil and darkness to the enchanted wood. The game takes place in the witch's castle, where the pumpkin has to collect eight magical items to be able to defeat its nemesis. The magical items are: an axe, a shield, a cup, scissors, a crown, a book, and at last - a hairlock of the sleeping witch. Although the scenario is good, the game is extremely difficult to play! Controlling the pumpkin is difficult at first, as it has a very high bounce, the exact level of which can be toggled using the fire button of your joystick (or keys). Direction can only be changed when the ball is on the ground. Be careful not to hit any of the upcoming minions though which costs energy loss! More on that, enemies re-spawn quickly, so all you're doing is buying a little time to pass them. Others can't be shot, and must be passed by possessing the right object! Fortunately you may gain weaponry by landing into magic pools too. If you enjoyed Cauldron the first time around, you'll certainly enjoy Cauldron 2. It is well designed and puts the emphasis on fun and playability as long as you master the controls of course!

The ZX Spectrum version offers cute colorful graphics. Backgrounds look empty (as in three 8bit versions) but there are several colorful details here and there. There are even a few nice animated details at the backgrounds such animated candle flames etc. The Pumpkin (and all other sprites) move fast and quite smooth (running a bit smoother on the C64 version).
The sound features a nice intro theme whilst the in-game SFX are cute but minimal (bouncing sound of the Pumpkin is heard mostly along with a few explosions (!) when nasties are taken away).
 
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ZX Spectrum

ZX SpectrumCPU: Z80 @ 3.5 MHz
MEMORY: 16 KB / 48 KB / 128 KB
GRAPHICS: Video output is through an RF modulator and was designed for use with contemporary portable television sets, for a simple colour graphic display. Features a palette of 15 shades: seven colours at two levels of brightness each, plus black. The image resolution is 256x192 with the same colour limitations.
SOUND: Early models (48k) had sound output through a beeper on the machine itself. This is capable of producing one channel with 10 octaves. Late models (128k) fetured a three-channel audio via the AY-3-8912 chip, MIDI compatibility
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The ZX Spectrum (default) color palette
3bit RGBi 15-colors palette (15 on screen)
 
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