Referring to the Sinclair User review…
“You play an evil Wizard who’s castle of darkness has been attacked by those nasty forces of good.
So, being the nasty type you are, you natuarlly go off into the deepest levels of this fortress of evil to wipe out the do-gooders. It’s not bad enough that they’ve invaded your privacy, they’ve taken all your best phantoms, and would you credit it? – they’ve turned them against you.”
The game was advertised in magazines such as CVG in 1986, and was brought to GTW’s attention thanks to Lee Theasby who kindly provided the advert scan. It was originally believed that the game was no-where to be seen on any platform, but thanks recently to Leszek Chmielewski, we have discovered that this game does infact exist on the ZX Spectrum and Amstrad and can be found here: http://www.worldofspectrum.org/infoseekid.cgi?id=0005634
Nuno Cardoso also confirmed that the game even had a conversion to the Atari ST and an Amiga version was also planned but abandoned it seems.
The game is a filmation based game, in similiar vein to Fairlight and Alien 8. It sadly didn’t get as good as a reception as the original games, but it was an ok affair overall. Even though there is a Spectrum release, there was never any sign of the C64 conversion. Looking at the type of game it was, it could well be that a conversion started was too slow.
However, Fairlight made it, so surely Warlock could have followed from the same house?
Trevor Inns would have been a good candidate to do the conversion work after his stearling efforts with Fairlight and Bobby Bearing, but he had no involvement on this one. Maybe he left by the time of Warlock, and therefore there wasn’t anyone around who could do a justifyable conversion.
All speculation, but there is the possibility that this was ported or converted in some form, and we need to do some digging around to see what we can find. Maybe some people from The Edge could get in touch and let us know more?
So for the time being, this C64 conversion a mystery and hopefully something will turn up very soon about this title. Dig your magazines out! :)
Does anyone know about this game or have any snippets of information?
Contributions: Lee Theasby, Leszek Chmielewski, Nuno Cardoso
FYI this was also released for the Atari ST:
Thanks Nuno, added credit and updated review! :)