Magnetic Scrolls

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Founded in 1984 by Anita Sinclair, Ken Gordon, and Hugh Steers, this British company produced seven highly-regarded IF works. In common with contemporaries Infocom and Level 9, Magnetic Scrolls employed a virtual machine, but it was based on the machine code of a real 68000 chip, instead of an invented machine. Magnetic Scrolls' authoring system anticipated later trends by emphasizing more simulation.

The Games

The following games were distributed by Rainbird Software in the UK, and by Firebird in the US:


This game was distributed through Official Secrets:


This game was distributed by Virgin Mastertronic or Virgin Interactive:


This game isn't IF, but an "adventure/RPG" hybrid, distributed by MicroProse:

  • The Legacy: Realm of Terror (1993).

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