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Professional, Originally Released On Cassette Only


Game Type          : Arcade Adventure

Author             : Tony Oakden

Standalone Release(s)  : 1990: CAMELOT, Superior/Blue Ribbon, £2.99

Compilation Release(s) : 1989: PLAY IT AGAIN SAM 9, Superior/Acornsoft, £9.95

Stated compatibility    : Electron

Actual compatibility    : Electron, BBC B, B+ and Master 128

Supplier            : SUPERIOR/ACORNSOFT, 3 Manor Drive, Scawby, Brigg, NORTH

                    LINCOLNSHIRE DN20 9AX

Disc compatibility     : Unknown




Objective And Scoring

You have been deposed from your throne in Camelot after being accused of cowardice, stupidy and generally mismanaging the Kingdom. In order to convince your subjects that you are worthy of the throne, you must successfully fight your way through the castle and surrounding terrain against various creatures, including soldiers, witches and warlocks.


To succeed in your mission, you must collect over 3,000 points. There are six bags of gold to recover, for which you score 450 points each. You also score points by killing creatures, with higher scores being obtained for creatures which are more difficult to kill. For example, you will score more points for killing a witch than a soldier, but it will take more shots or drain more energy to do so.



Some of the rooms contain objects. These can be picked up by standing in front of them and pressing the P key. Five objects can be carried, but only one of any type of object, e.g. only one key. When collected, a brief description of the object appears at the top of the screen.



You start the game with some energy, but this is lost in various ways, e.g. by colliding with the various creatures in the game, or by falling in the water. Energy can be replenished by collecting the hearts that are hidden in some of the casks. However, be careful as the casks sometimes contain demons, who will jump out and drain your energy!


Time Limit

There is a time limit to the game. When the timer reaches zero, you will die. There are many doors and puzzles in the game. When you open a door or solve a puzzle, you will be rewarded with additional time. So it is important that you try to solve the puzzles in a logical order.


General Hints

All the creatures in the game can be killed. However killing a creature only temporarily removes it from the screen. On returning to the screen you will find that it has been replaced by another creature who is more vicious and harder to kill.


Killing something in one part of the game can affect other parts. Generally speaking, the more killing you do, the harder the game will get!


Game Controls

Z - Left,   X - Right,   * - Up,   ? - Down

<RETURN> - Jump (Press longer to jump higher),   P - Pick Up Object

<SPACE> - Throw Fireball,   <SHIFT> - Use Spellbook (when carried)

<COPY>/<DELETE> - Pause On/Off


When Game Is Paused

S/Q - Sound On/Off,   <ESCAPE> - Quit Game



Instructions' Source       :  PLAY IT AGAIN SAM 9 (Superior/Acornsoft) Inner Inlay


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