Cauldron II: The Pumpkin Strikes Back, Commodore Plus/4

Coders TCFS and Murphy along with Csabo (Music) and Unreal (additional graphics) have released a Commodore Plus/4 version of the classic game Cauldron II. I am a big fan of the first game, and the second one although not as well known, is still a lot of fun to play.

Cauldron II: The Pumpkin Strikes Back was developed and published by Palace Software as a sequel to their 1985 game Cauldron. The platformer was released in 1986 for the ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, and Amstrad CPC home computers. Players control a bouncing pumpkin that is on a quest of vengeance against the “Witch Queen”. The roles of the two were reversed from the first game, in which the witch defeated a monstrous pumpkin.

“This time the player takes on the role of Bouncey – what a fun name for a pumpkin – who does, in fact, bounce, constantly. Your quest is to guide him through Witch’s castle (more than 120 screens!) to enact his revenge. There are six magical items – a Chalice, Axe, Shield, Crown, Scissors, and Book of Spells – scattered throughout, and Bouncey must collect them in order to complete the game. Avoid all the baddies – some of which Bouncey can shoot down, if he collects the “spark”. It won’t be easy!”

Download: cauldron_ii.prg

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