sites of varying depth have been set up over the years in tribute
to the unique works of the company. In particular, there is
extensive information including interviews with the key persons
in Magnetic Scrolls, reviews from the time, packaging, hints,
solutions documentation and other included items such as images
of posters and novels on the Magnetic
Scrolls Memorial for each game. There is further information
and both websites are in fact maintained by Stefan Meier.
games were often more humorous or surreal than Level 9 titles
although some shared the latter company's love of English fantasy,
storytelling and the countryside. The developing complexity
of interactive fiction games could be seen in both company's
games with character interaction capabilities for example. Indeed,
the 1988 release, Corruption, relied on interaction with other
characters for the game to progress in contrast to the series
of often manual actions and tasks in many other adventures.
titles span a period of 6 years from 1985 to 1991 and releases
were for most popular 8-bit computers, 16-bit computers and
of course the Archimedes (the company having folded before the
Archimedes was superseded by the A5000, A3010 etc.). Most games
right up until Wonderland were released for the 8-bit machines
in particular the Commodore 64 and Spectrum with earlier 8 bit
computers being catered for earlier on. All that is, except
for the BBC Micro which is notable by its absence and given
the quality of the Level 9 games released at the time of, say,
The Pawn, it raises the question of why at the peak of the BBC
Micro's games market it didn't receive a conversion or two.
Perhaps, given that the Spectrum versions required the 128K
machine and the more select ownership of the BBC Master (or
expanded/enhanced BBC Micros) it is understandable that the
later games were not released for 8-bit Acorns but fortunately
a couple of years later the 32-bit Archimedes burst onto the
fact the connections with Acorn don't end there as Anita Sinclair
once listed BBC Elite as a must-have "desert island"
item and the disc copy-protection for Atari ST versions of Magnetic
Scrolls game was done with a BBC Micro to modify disc sectors
that the Atari could not.