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DOS - 1988

Also available on: Amiga - Amstrad CPC - Atari 8-bit - Commodore 64 - ZX Spectrum

Alt name Feud: Battle of the Wizards
Year 1988
Platform DOS
Released in United Kingdom, United States
Genre Action
Theme Arcade, Fantasy
Publisher Mastertronic Ltd., Mastertronic, Inc.
Developer Binary Design, Ltd.
Perspective Top-Down
Dosbox support Broken on 0.63 (works best on 0.61)
4.27 / 5 - 11 votes

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Feud is a very rare PC version of a fun and highly underrated action/adventure game from Binary Design, published by Mastertronic.

As the name suggests, the game is about a feud, in this case, between two powerful wizards, Learic and Leanoric, who live at the opposite corner of a large map. The map is chock full of interesting sights, encompassing a graveyard, a hedged maze, a village, a stream, and other locations. Your task is to collect various ingredients, then mix them in your cauldron to create offensive spells to fire the enemy wizard with. As you find and collect various ingredients, they fill up the vacancies in your spell book. Once the spell is successfully mixed, the inventory slots for its constituent parts will be freed up, enabling you to collect more herbs for future spells.

As well as pure attack spells, the game also includes many more subtle spells that make it much more fun and long-lasting. For example, one spell reverses the control of your enemy, temporarily confusing him. Another spell turns the nearest villager into a zombie whose touch can zap your opponent's energy. You can even use the teleport spell to immediately return to your cauldron.

The graphics are more than adequate in 16 color EGA, although it could have been more detailed. The game looks too much like it's just a DOS executable of Commodore 64 code, without any changes from that system. The map is huge, but the inclusion of a compass which always points in a cardinal direction at your foe helps reduce aimless wandering around the screen.

On the downside, the computer wizard isn't very bright, he will often get inexplicably stuck in some open path, and he doesn't seem to make the best use of spells. He also cheats, walking through solid walls and other obstacles right in front of you, for example. Still, the game is quite fun to play, especially if you like games like Spellcraft but prefer simpler gameplay and interface. Worth a look.

Review By HOTUD

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Vampyrria 2024-03-02 0 point Atari 8-bit version

I had Feud on a cassette and was mesmerised by it. i could get lost in it for what felt like hours. I remember it as very atmospheric. Im not a computer / video gamer but would love to play this one again.

Mr Vampire 2019-02-06 1 point Commodore 64 version

Had this one on data cassette back in the day. Can be tricky to get the hang of what to collect to get the spells you want. The manual helped a lot. It was best as a 2 player game.

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