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The Citadel of Chaos
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Commodore64 Screenshot
Outline
Developer Puffin Books
Publisher(s) Puffin Books
Designer Darryl J. Mattocks, Simon J. Ball
Platform(s) ZX Spectrum 48k and Commodore 64
Release Date 1984
Genre Adventure game
Media tape (Compact audio cassette)
Book based on The Citadel of Chaos


For other uses of The Citadel of Chaos, see The Citadel of Chaos

The Citadel of Chaos was converted into a computer game by Puffin Books. Unlike The Warlock of Firetop Mountain before it, this game was deemed an "adventure" style game as opposed to an "arcade" style game.

ReleaseEdit

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1984 Advert for game

This game was advertised along with the conversion of the The Forest of Doom at the end of 1984. In the November 1984 issue of Computer and Video Games magazine it was shown as being available for "Just £7.25 including bestselling book". Like The Warlock of Firetop Mountain before it, it had two styles of release, one with just the game, the other within a Software Pack which included both the "thrilling adventure game" as well as the "original bestselling book". It was to be available for both the Commodore 64 and ZX Spectrum platforms.

It is interesting to note that in the extensive "The Fighting Fantasy Collection" section of the 25th Anniversary Edition of The Warlock of Firetop Mountain this game is referred to in the following manner:

Citadel of Chaos - ZX Spectrum 48k, Commodore 64 (Puffin, 1984)

The implication is therefore that the Software Pack did not exist at all for either platform. However, the advert in Computer and Video Games suggests otherwise. Unfortunately, this game appears to be very rare and as yet there is no evidence that the pack was released except for the advert.

CoverEdit

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Commodore 64 cassette only version

The cover art used for the game was the same as used for the original book and was therefore by Emmanuel. One of the most notable features of the cover, be it Commodore or Spectrum, was that it sported what was at the time the new Fighting Fantasy Logo. The version of the logo was black with white outline, and yellow writing. This was peculiar to what was marketed as "The Puffin Personal Computer Collection". It appeared on The Forest of Doom as well. However, it had not appeared on The Warlock of Firetop Mountain because the release of that game pre-dated the logo. Neither did it appear on later software releases, because Puffin did not publish any more conversions after The Citadel of Chaos and The Forest of Doom, instead licensing out to others such as AdventureSoft.

All Variations Within PlatformsEdit

  • ZX Spectrum 48k
  • Commodore 64
  • "Software Pack" - ZX Spectrum 48k
  • "Software Pack" - Commodore 64

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