Spellbreaker

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Spellbreaker
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Author(s) Dave Lebling
Publisher(s) Infocom, Activision
Release date(s) 1985
Authoring system ZIL
Platform(s) Z-code 3
Language(s) English
License(s) Commercial
Multimedia
Color effects none
Graphics none
Sound/Music none
Ratings
Cruelty scale Cruelty to be determined


How It Begins

Having defeated Krill (as described in Enchanter) and Jeearr (in Sorcerer), you have risen to the rank of head of the Guild of Enchanters. You are chairing a meeting with the other guildmasters of Borphee, who tell you that the common spells they use for everyday tasks have been failing to work, and ask you what you plan to do about it. Suddenly, the other guildmasters are all transformed into small amphibians, and you spot a shadowy figure who flees the Guildhall. When you follow them, the town square outside is suddenly filled with smoke, and when it dissipates, the figure is gone and a mysterious white cube lies on the ground...

Notable Features

  • The blorple spell, "explore an object's mystic connections", is used to move the action to different areas. Casting it on most objects transports the player to a featureless room with one exit that returns them to their starting point. When cast on the sixteen small white cubes found throughout the game, the player is transported to a distinctive room with multiple exits that transport them to a variety of locations.
  • The player begins the game with a burin (an engraving tool) which they can use to inscribe words on the otherwise featureless small white cubes; those words can then be used to refer to the cubes (notably, as the target of blorple).
  • Among the game's feelies were a set of trading cards with facts about famous enchanters. At one point in the game, the player encounters their old master, Belboz, now in retirement, who asks the player a question about one of the enchanters. If they answer incorrectly, the game continues, but it becomes impossible to reach the climactic scene of the game.
  • Spells have a chance of failing when cast, and certain of the white cubes enhance spells' power.

Trivia

  • Screenshot of Spellbreaker showing the "Mage" title.
    The initial codename in Infocom development of this project was (likely facetiously) Z6, or "Zork Six". However, the working title quickly became "Mage". The intention was to continue the previous tradition of naming the post-Zork fantasy adventures after positions of wizards (Such as Enchanter and Sorcerer). Infocom's marketing department resisted this name, insisting that a one-word semi-obscure term like Mage would not sell well. After some contention (and an attempt to use the name Archmage) the title Spellbreaker was chosen and used. It is referred in its packaging as the third game in the Enchanter Series.
  • Regardless, the commercial release of Spellbreaker calls itself Mage every 100 or so reboots.

Versions

Infocom releases

Initial Release

Final Release

Activision releases

Spellbreaker is available on the Classic Text Adventure Masterpieces of Infocom CD.

Links

Reviews

Enchanter trilogy by Infocom
Enchanter (1983)
Enchanter
Sorcerer (1984)
Sorcerer
Spellbreaker (1985)
Spellbreaker


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