Puszka Pandory

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A text adventure game written in Poland for the ZX Spectrum.

Puszka Pandory
Author(s) Marcin Borkowski
Publisher(s) n/a
Release date(s) 1986
Authoring system Machine code
Platform(s) Spectrum
Language(s) Polish
License(s) Commercial
Color effects none
Graphics optional
Sound/Music optional
Cruelty scale Cruelty to be determined

How It Begins

It has been decades since an apocalyptic world war, with the remaining humans trying to rebuild civilization. An old prophecy says that, somewhere on an island on the Pacific Ocean, there lies hidden a missile called "Pandora's Box", which will soon launch in order to destroy the remnants of humanity. You arrived onto the island in a helicopter in order to destroy this doomsday device, but you have been shot down by an automatic gun and barely managed to jump out on a parachute. You are now in an empty meadow. There is nothing in your inventory.

The game in total consists of 1600 locations, the vast majority of which are featureless and empty.


Original release (self-published)

ENTER Computing release

Limited collector's edition re-release

  • Puszka Pandory (Marcin Borkowski; 26-Oct-2012).
    • Available on the Poznań Game Arena fair.
    • Limited edition: 100 copies produced.
    • Released on cassette tape, in special can-shaped packaging. Also included was a manual and link to a website with Spectrum ROM download.


  • The game's title is the Polish name of the mythological "Pandora's Box", which literally translates to "Pandora's Can". (Hence the can-shaped packaging in the 2012 re-release).