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Games part of the Cadaver series

The Cadaver game series is a classic series of puzzle-adventure video games developed by the Bitmap Brothers, a renowned British game development studio. The series primarily consists of two main titles: "Cadaver" (1990) and "Cadaver: The Payoff" (1991). Both games were released for various computer platforms, including the Amiga, Atari ST, and MS-DOS.

Cadaver is set in a fantasy world where players control a thief named Karadoc. The game is presented from an isometric perspective, and players navigate through maze-like dungeons filled with traps, puzzles, and enemies. The primary objective is to recover magical Crowns of Power hidden within the dungeons.
The gameplay in Cadaver focuses on solving intricate puzzles and overcoming challenges by interacting with the environment, manipulating objects, and using various items. The game features non-linear progression, allowing players to explore the dungeons in their preferred order.

The sequel, Cadaver: The Payoff, continues the story of Karadoc as he embarks on a new adventure. The gameplay mechanics remain similar to the first game, with complex puzzles, challenging enemies, and exploration being key elements.
Both games in the Cadaver series are known for their atmospheric environments, detailed graphics, and immersive gameplay. They received positive reviews for their unique blend of puzzle-solving and action, offering a challenging and engaging experience for players.

It's worth noting that while the Cadaver series was well-received critically and developed a dedicated fan base, it didn't achieve the same level of commercial success as some other titles by the Bitmap Brothers, such as "The Chaos Engine" and "Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe." Nevertheless, the Cadaver games are often remembered as cult classics and notable entries in the puzzle-adventure genre of the time.

  • cadaver-1
    1990DOS action-adventure
    Developer: Bitmap Brothers
    Publisher: Image Works
  • cadaverpayoff-2
    1991DOS action-adventure
    Developer: Bitmap Brothers
    Publisher: Renegade