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DOS - 1988

Also available on: Mac - Acorn 32-bit - Amiga - Amstrad CPC - Atari ST - Commodore 64 - ZX Spectrum

Alt name Upon Westminster Bridge
Year 1988
Platform DOS
Released in United Kingdom, United States
Genre Adventure
Theme Interactive Fiction, Puzzle elements
Publisher Rainbird Software
Developer Magnetic Scrolls
Dosbox support Fully supported on 0.65
4.72 / 5 - 18 votes

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One of my most favorite Magnetic Scrolls games (alongside The Pawn) and one of the best games ever made, Magnetic Scrolls' Corruption marks a departure for the company in many ways, all for the better. The result is one of the most original and gripping mystery adventures you'll ever come across.

In a big departure from the tongue-in-cheek fantasy settings that mark all three previous Magnetic Scrolls games, Corruption is set in the do-or-die world of 20th century corporate life that fans of The Firm will instantly recognize. You've just become a new partner in the lawfirm of Rodgers and Rodgers, got your new BMW and a shiny new office, when things start looking a bit dodgy. David, your formerly friendly partner, looks as if he's out to get you. Everyone, including your wife, David's secretary and the staff of the local hospital, are trying to make you look as if you're the guilty part in an insider dealing case. Perhaps it's time to engage in a little scheme of your own...

Even more unusual than the game's intriguing plot is the way it is played. Harking back to Synapse's classic Interactive Novel games Mindwheel and Brimstone, Corruption is played in semi-real time: you play against a 24-hour clock which advances one minute for every turn. Success depends not so much a matter of making your way around a set of different locations, as being in the right place at exactly the right time. As time passes, David's plot thickens unless you interfere, otherwise everything just goes on according to plan. All this makes the adventure very difficult, and you will likely need to replay or restore the game several times to get it right. As you make your way through the office building, visit the park (be careful crossing that road!) or just take a walk to the chemist's, you might come across nothing at all. Come back at a different time of day, though, and you might find a mega-hint, or witness an event that advances the plot in a different direction. There are clues about where you should be at what time, but they are mostly subtle and likely to frustrate beginners.

As one would expect from Magnetic Scrolls, the parser is very comprehensive, and there are plenty of extras to keep fans of graphical games happy. You can do all sorts of things with the graphics (turn them off, switch them back on, shove them up the screen, view them only the first time you enter a location and so on), and configure the location texts to your heart's content. Interaction is limited to asking or telling other characters about something, and though you can ask most people about anything under the sun, you'll only get a useful reply if you pick the right topic.

Because of its high difficulty level and somewhat of a "niche" plot (insider dealing, after all, isn't your average adventure-game premise), Corruption won't be everyone's cup of tea. It is certainly not a game for beginners, and even expert adventurers will need a lot of astute timing, patience, and perception to succeed.

Despite all that, though, the game is very deep, well-written, and thoroughly engrossing. The freebies, which includes a cassette tape (included as sound files in the manual download below), are also some of the best ever made.

Definitely a must-have for all die-hard IF fans, and remember: trust no one.

Review By HOTUD

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archcorenth 2022-02-09 1 point

it's worth pointing out that this is available as part of the Magnetic Scrolls collection (also available here). In that version it has everything an adventure gamer could want like an automap and windows telling you what's in your inventory. resizable text windows, you name it.

Mr Abandonware 2021-08-20 0 point DOS version

The DOS version is a copy of a floppy disk.

Extract the folder 'corruption' to a folder on your computer e.g. C:\GAMES
In DOSBox run:
MOUNT A C:\GAMES\corruption -t floppy

(Running CORRUPTI without the /G will give you a version without graphics)

dosbox 2020-02-21 0 point

could anyone help with installing game on dosbox?

Larry 2014-05-11 2 points DOS version

A great text adventure game. The graphics are very good & the parser is quite powerful.

It is quite hard though. Expect to die a lot!

Be warned however that the tape that came with the game contains clues that are important (as was the case with most Magnetic Scrolls games).

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Various files to help you run Corruption, apply patches, fixes, maps or miscellaneous utilities.

CluebookCypheric hints English version 446 KB MiscTime Off Guide English version 182 KB MiscThe Gamblers' Casino Companion English version 176 KB MiscPersonal Manager English version 802 KB MiscFull Tape
Derek Rogers, March 25th English version 7 MB
MiscQuick Start Instructions English version 63 KB

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