Enchanter

Originally intended to be Zork IV, Enchanter, debuted on computer store shelves and in my case some shelves at B. Dalton’s bookstore in 1983. I did not own my beloved Commodore 64 at that point…nor any other computer for that matter but I would always visit the shops and read and then reread the backs of the Infocom games. A couple of years later when I did get the C-64, I decided on a beginner level title, Wishbringer. Thanks to a school chum I was able to get my hands on Zork quickly after that and my devotion to ‘Interactive Fiction’ still burns brightly to this day! Of course how could you not love the little extra details that Infocom included in their titles? True, they were a means of copy protection, but thanks to the Zork Library you can see what I’m crowing about!

They even gave you a real Guild Pin!

Programmed by Marc Blank and Dave Lebling you find yourself in the shoes of a novice Enchanter, sent to stop the Warlock, Krill. The Circle of Enchanters hope that by you being so inexperienced that the Warlock will fail to notice you. This title also may be the only Infocom title that does not make any references to the lurking Grue, made famous by the Zork series of course.

Two other sequel followed Enchanter, with you growing in power in each title, they were Sorcerer and Spellbreaker. I’m not sure if they are still offering Infocom titles online anymore but I’m kicking myself for not picking up the collections they put out back in the early 90’s!

VicSage

Editor at Retroist
Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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3 thoughts on “Enchanter

  1. I love the Infocom games. This is one I haven’t played. Hopefully featuring these games will be a regular posting for you.

    And I agree about the Feelies. They are genius marketing and make great collectibles for vintage gamers.

  2. I absolutely loved Enchanter. One of the things that made the Infocom games great (aside from letting my imagination run wild with the descriptions) was the fact that they all came with such awesome swag.

    I did finish Enchanter and the Zork games, but I never made it through Sorcerer. I kind of want to go back and have another go at it.

  3. vinvectrex says:

    I’m with Jedi on this. Any future Infocom postings will be welcomed. Wish these were more easily found for modern platforms because the writing and puzzles were great. Game related swag was never better than with Infocom.

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