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 ZX Spectrum version offers nice visuals with nicely drawn backgrounds and a good amount of colors while there are some cartoonish sprites, much like the renowned comic book series. On the other hand, the game's sound is quite poor on the ZX (and the CPC), while the Commodore has really nice in-game music!