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The Black cauldron

The Black cauldron is an old DOS fantasy graphic, keyboard input adventure game developed by Sierra On-Line in 1986 from an original idea by Al Lowe - Roberta Williams. The Black cauldron can be enjoyed in single player mode from a side view perspective. It's available for download.
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In order to make the game more accessible to children, Sierra used an innovative idea ahead of its time that would not reappear in the genre for the next 10 years: the text parser was removed in favor of the function keys that performed various actions: F3 would choose an inventory item, F4 would use it, F6 would perform "Use" near the character's location, and F8 would "look".

The game was based on the Disney movie The Black Cauldron, which was itself based on the Chronicles of Prydain books by Lloyd Alexander. It was made shortly after the first King's Quest game, so it resembled that adventure in many ways.

Along with The Dark Crystal and The Spiderwick Chronicles (video game), it remains one of only a few adventure games by Sierra to be based on movies.

players: single player

input: keyboard, joystick

distribution: 3,5 floppy disk, 5,25 floppy disk

graphics: CGA, EGA, Hercules, Tandy

sound: PC speaker, Tandy

Abandonware DOS popularity: low

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