Publisher: Synapse Soft.
Developer: As above
Release Date: 1983
Code: Coleman Brothers
GFX: As above
Music: As above
ZZAP64 Game Rating: 40%
Our Game Rating: 45%
Completed by Neil Collins & Vinny Mainolfi
Reviewed by Neil Collins
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Necromancer by Synapse is one of the strangest games on the C64…
You are a druid, and your task is to defeat the evil Necromancer. There are three levels to beat, each equally bizarre. Level one has you planting and protecting trees from the oncoming evil hordes of evil creatures; on level two you have to control your druid and your walking trees around a series of vaults, avoiding spiders and other enemies; and finally, level three is the battle with the Necromancer. You have to destroy all the gravestones on the screen which will lead to his downfall. It’s all a bit surreal, but it’s an original and interesting title. I can’t see the game having a long lasting appeal for many gamers, but there are a lot of fans of this game out there.
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?:
Neil: Using an infinite lives cheat.
Vinny: I hacked the ending by freezing the game with my Action Replay Cart, entering MONITOR, and typing G 4242, which starts the ending at location $4242.
SO WHAT HAPPENS?: Once you have destroyed all the gravestones on the final level a few times (I think you need to complete five waves), the Necromancer dies. There’s a high pitched squeal from the SID chip and the screen flashes random colours before the game restarts.
Neil: It was fun to play, but the ending to this one was a big let down. 2/10.
Vinny: I’ve never played this game and it seems to have mixed reviews as to whether it’s a good game or not… if the ending is anything to go by then it doesn’t stand a chance! What more can we expect from 1983?! 1.5/10 from me.
Andrew Fisher: I didn’t play this until just a couple of years ago, although I had heard of it among Synapse’s early releases. It’s good for the time but ultimately limited. The flashing ending does not cast a spell over the audience…
Andy Vaisey: Flashy flashy… ugh.
FINAL SAY: A very old-school ending to this one.
G.E. RATING: 2 / 10