Z-Machine Wednesday: The Pawn (1986)

Programmed by Magnetic Scrolls and then published first by Rainbird, this graphic(Depending on which system you played it on)/text adventure had you trying to escape the fairy land of Kervonia. It was hailed for its graphics by Dragon magazine, reviewers Hartley and Pattie Lesser stated that the game’s “painted” scenes will leave you in awe. The music was also cited as being one of the kind for its time, the Commodore Amiga system garnered these claims as it was the only computer at the time that had the hardware support to handle the digitized music.

A big thanks to The Magnetic Scrolls Chronicles for the box art and map you see posted below.

Magnetic Scrolls went on to produce a sequel to the Pawn entitled The Guild of Thieves. They also programmed Jinxter, Corruption, Fish!, Myth, Wonderland, and the Legacy.


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3 thoughts on “Z-Machine Wednesday: The Pawn (1986)

  1. Andy says:

    Remember this one…though never played it (Will have to revisit by the magic of emulation sometime).

    I liked adventures – But being a Brit it was always more Magnetic Scrolls and Level 9 than Infocom and the American publishers.

  2. @Andy This little bit of info for this post is actually the first time I had heard of Magnetic Scrolls, friend. It sounds like it was an awesome company. I believe that Sinclair’s daughter was a founding member, yeah, as in the Sinclair personal computer. :)

    @Spottedfeather I believe the Amiga had the best graphics, though I saw some pretty okay pics for the C-64 version. :)

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