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[Great Britain]Magnetic Scrolls

They were located at 1 Chapel Court, London SE1 1HH, England. Magnetic Scrolls was founded in 1984 by Anita Sinclair, Ken Gordon and Hugh Steers.

They originally wrote adventure games with a very powerful (but sometimes unusually picky) parser, and very nice 16 color hi-res pictures. The parser, game engine and database format used was designed by Anita Sinclair and Ken Gordon. Since 1990 (Wonderland), they are using a new GUI called Magnetic Windows.

They have also been involved in designing an RPG called The Legacy: Realm of Terror.

I have been told that some of their games were available for the Amstrad PCW, but I don't know what titles.

Magnetic Scrolls has a homepage at http://www.magneticscrolls.com/.

There are inofficial sites about Magnetic Scrolls:

Magnetic Scrolls can be reached through Ken Gordon.

They are or have been distributed by Rainbird Software Ltd, Mastertronic and MicroProse.

The Pawn

Text only/Bitmap graphics Written 1985 by Rob Steggles [story], Hugh Steers [programming], Ken Gordon [programming], Geoff Quilley. [graphics] and Peter Kemp.
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Notes: The package includes a 12" x 16 1/2" poster of the cover art, a 57-page novella "A Tale of Kerovnia" featuring a coded hint section, a 12-page gameplay guide and a platform keyguide. It comes on one 5 1/4" disk for Apple II and on two 5 1/4" disks for Commodore 64/128.

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Set in the mystical world of Kerovnia, this amusing and complex tale is subtle enough to appeal to the beginner and hardened adventurer alike. A revolutionary text-handling system allows input of complicated interaction with characters (including some very intelligent animals!). The Pawn represents all its characters and objects as if they existed in a real world, storing complex information about their attributes and properties linked to their particular position or context in the game.

Your objectives are manyfold: The simplest is to escape from Kerovnia, but you will find others as you wander about the land and communicate with the characters you meet. The Pawn combines a rich text adventure, with stunning colour graphics, and a language parser that will set the standards for years to come.

The Guild of Thieves

Bitmap graphics Written 1987 by Rob Steggles [story], Ken Gordon [programming], Geoff Quilley [graphics] and Tristan Humphries [graphics].
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Why Buy This Game When You Could Steal It?

Except you can't. Not yet. An amateur like you? Come off it! Now, if you were a fully paid-up member of the notorious Guild of Thieves, things would be different... Mind you, it's not easy. You might find yourself ditched on a remote jetty by the Guildmaster. You might find that the Guild expects you to ransack a well guarded mansion. To go grave-robbing, Potholing. Or maybe -- if they're really doubtful of your abilities -- everything at once!

No problem, really, in a country full of helpful natives and friendly wildlife. Trouble is, you're not in a country like that! You're in Kerovnia. If you've played The Pawn, you'll remember Kerovnia. Except that the place seems to have gone downhill since then... But you'll find that out for yourself soon enough. And just one final hint; don't try any funny stuff. The Guildmaster has seen it all before. So has the Gatekeeper. So has the... Buy why should we give you any hints?

Guild of Thieves, from Magnetic Scrolls, the people who wrote The Pawn, winners of numerous major awards. Graphic illustrations to blow your socks off. Puzzles to blow your brains out. Frankly, we doubt that you're up to it...

Buy This Game Or We'll Steal Your Computer!

Here is a review of The Guild of Thieves


Bitmap graphics Written 1987 by Georgina Sinclair [story], Anita Sinclair [programming] and Michael Bywater.
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...things start getting even worse. He gets run over by a bus.

Sprayed with cheese sandwich by a supernatural being.

Smashed against a tunnel by a speeding train.

He falls from two thousand feet into an artificial waterfall.

He gets drunk, drowned and cursed. He gets incinerated, widdled on, folded, bent, spindled, mutilated and generally mucked about with.

And in return?

In return he gets the leading role in a perplexing, hilarious race against time and chance, set in a jinxed land menaced by the impending death of good fortune.

Who are we talking about? Who is holding this box?

You guessed it.

Look on the bright side. It could be your luckiest move yet. JINXTER comes from Magnetic Scrolls, authors of international award-winning adventures The Pawn and The Guild of Thieves. It's more than a collection of crossword puzzles; it's a whole universe, where things behave as they do in the real world... with some alarming exceptions.

Don't expect tiresome trolls, obvious orcs, silly spells and wet, wimpish witches in JINXTER. Infuriating, enchanting, absurd and hilarious by turns, JINXTER will surprise you with every move you make.

But don't forget: every silver lining has a cloud...


Here is a review of Jinxter


Bitmap graphics/Music/Text input Written 1988 by Robert Steggles [story], Hugh Steers [story, programming], Alan Hunnisett [graphics] and Richard Selby [graphics].
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The City of London. Deals and chicanery, Porsches and profit, wild animals in handmade suits. And you. Outwardly, you're on the fast track to success. The partnership in the broking firm came through today, along with new car, new office, new secretary... But behind the glittering facade, what corruption lurks unseen?

Are you really a winner? Or are you a dead man? Because in the world of big money, there's nothing in between.

Corruption. It's new. It's different. It's on everyone's mind. Because these people are rich. Vicious. And they run the country.

Corruption is written by Magnetic Scrolls, home of classics like The Pawn and The Guild of Thieves. It's a fast-paced thriller, a battle of wills like nothing else you've ever played. Your only weapons are communication and information. There's nobody you can trust. And it isn't easy. But then, neither is life.


Bitmap graphics Written 1988 by John Molloy [story], Pete Kemp [story], Phil South [story], Rob Steggles [story], Richard Huddy [programming], Bob Coles [programming], Geoff Quilley [graphics], Alan Hunnisett [graphics], Chris Kent [graphics], Richard Selby [graphics] and Tristan Humphries [graphics].
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The tide is turning in the teeming metropolis of Fishworld. The oceans and seas are boiling off into space. The Seven Deadly Fins -- an inter-dimensional group of anarchists -- are on the loose. The Project has been sabotaged... And you're a goldfish.

Tough. But then life's like that. Sometimes you're dealt a raw deal. Toast falls buttered-side down. Phones ring when you're in the bath. And there's always chili sauce on your kebab.

From rain-soaked forests and London recording studios to the farthest reaches of time and space, Fish! will bemuse, dazzle, and thrill you before confusing, razzling and killing you.

Fish! is brought to you by Magnetic Scrolls, authors of such classic award-winning adventures as The Pawn and The Guild of Thieves. It's full of what you're least expecting, lacking in all that's rational, and devoid of much that could reasonably be expected... So, dust down your tackle, dress up your flies, reel in a winner and play Fish!

Here is a review of Fish!


Bitmap graphics Written 1989 by Paul Findley [story,programming], Geoff Quilley [graphics], Tristan Humpries [graphics] and Chris Kent [graphics].
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Notes: This is a short game that hasn't been released to the general public, but was given as a welcome present in the british adventure club Official Secrets.

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The golden age of Ancient Greece. A time of men and gods. A place of myths and legends. Where errant Heroes vie with preternatural forces while their gods stand aloof and disinterested.

But history is always written by the victor and the tale herein related tells a different story. A chapter from the Unwritten Histories, Myth recounts the struggle of the Olympian deities as they battle to maintain their religious monopoly in the face of the gathering storm of Christianity.

At once poignant, subtle and self-effacing, Myth takes a light-hearted look at the roots of popular mythology through the eyes of Poseidon, god of the sea as he travels The Underworld in search of the fable Dark Helmet of Hades.


Bitmap graphics Written 1990 by David Bishop [story], Alan Hunnisett [graphics], Chris Kent [graphics], Geoff Quilley [graphics], Anna Williams [graphics], Michael Powell [music], Bob Coles [programming], Paul Findley [programming], Ken Gordon [programming], Richard Huddy [programming], Steve Lacey [programming], Doug Rabson [programming], Anita Sinclair [programming], Hugh Steers [programming] and Mark Taylor [programming] in Magnetic Windows.
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Notes: Package includes a 66-page instruction booklet, poster, map, quick reference guide and installation notes. Contains more than 100 pictures.

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Everyone has read Wonderland...
... but only one has dreamed... Until now!

The newest and largest-ever adventure from Magnetic Scrolls draws you into the bizarre logic of Lewis Carroll's spellbinding imagination. Here you will meet all the main characters from the book ~ the Mad Hatter and the March Hare, the giant caterpillar, the Queen of Hearts, the Duchess and her cook...

Here, too, you will be confronted by puzzles, puns, and conundrums, potions and mushrooms, a giant puppy and a miniature tunnel, and challenges enough to keep you within Wonderland's perplexing and magical domains for hundreds of hours.

Wonderland ~ written in Magnetic Windows, the radical new adventuring environment from Magnetic Scrolls ~ gives you over 100 stunning graphics, many of them animated... but that's not all. A mouse-click on an illustration reveals information about the objects shown. Pop-up menus of appropriate commands let you play with a minimum of typing. On-screen maps and help, multiple windows, and icons for every object and room in the adventure combine to make the most sophisticated adventure environment ever created.

It all helps, but in the end it's down to you. Have you the dreampower to dream your way through Wonderland?

Magnetic Scrolls Collection, Volume I

Bitmap graphics Written 1991.
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Notes: Contains The Guild of Thieves, Corruption and Fish! remade using Magnetic Windows.

Adventureland was created by Hans Persson and is now maintained by Stefan Meier.

If you find any errors or have information that is missing, please let me know