Feud

  • Mastertronic

  • FormatVideo Game
  • TypeAction Adventure
  • SystemMicrocomputer

Simply a criminally underated masterpiece. Originally released in 1987 for the Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, Commodore 64, PC DOS, MSX, ZX Spectrum. I had the pleasure of owning this game on the Amstrad. And by pleasure I mean anxiously waiting 10 minutes for the tape deck to stop squiggling at you and finally load the game! 

I always found this game very frustrating but highly addictive.
Alan Shovlar.

The story is simple: Two brothers, Learic and Leanoric, who are entangled in a feud. Leanoric has cast an aging spell on Learic so you take the part of this increasingly aging old fellow and your mission is to collect ingredients to make spells at your cauldron to kill your brother Leanoric before you die yourself. But watch out!

As Leanoric isn't going quietly and he too is making spells to kill you! I always found this game very frustrating but highly addictive. Some of the best spells (like Fireball and Invisibility) require ingredients from another hair challenged character called Heike. Heike tends his garden and defends it without remorse! I still remember my stomach knotting as a child just at the thought of stepping foot into his garden! I would often take the easy option of creating the lightning spell which doesn't require ingredients from Heike's garden!

No matter how hard this game is, it is nothing short of amazing with a great degree of re-playability. What other reason would I still be playing this more than 25 years after its release? This game will always be in the top ten of my all time favourites. When you have the ingredients to make a spell, you return to your cauldron (if you can find it and if you don't get stuck behind the slow NPC's), create your spell then hunt out Leanoric using the compass which points to his location. Simple enough right? Wrong! To this day, I've only ever won a handful of games!!

Leanoric also seems to be able to jump walls and hunt out spells extremely quickly! So much more strategy is needed than to just find random ingredients. You will need to plan ahead and get yourself the Heal spell first. My only memories of this year is playing Amstrad and maybe riding my bike, but Amstrad certainly came first!

Review by - Alan Shovlar / https://www.facebook.com/ashovlar

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  • Mastertronic

  • FormatVideo Game
  • TypeAction Adventure
  • SystemMicrocomputer
     

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