At the beginning of April 2016 Peter Verdi's Magnetic Scrolls Chronicles website went offline. So far all my attempts to contact Peter failed. His site carried some invaluable interviews with former Magnetic Scrolls people. To preserve the work I temporarily uploaded a dump of his site taken in summer of 2015. All you can see below is 100% Peter's work! Hopefully his site will reappear soon! Peter, if you read this, can you contact me?

Remember how it's like to ride on a cloud? How it feels to be squashed by a bus, or how to get that damned gold disc from Micky? Well, here's your chance to relive all these situations.

Have a chat with the devil in THE PAWN, ransack an entire island in THE GUILD OF THIEVES, restore luck itself to a whole country in JINXTER, uncover a conspiracy in CORRUPTION, become an inter-dimensional secret agent in FISH!, an ancient god in MYTH, walk in the footsteps of Alice in WONDERLAND and inherit a haunted mansion in THE LEGACY.
Become a part of the fantasy of Magnetic Scrolls - you certainly won't regret it . . .

   News Archive
   The Games
    - The Pawn
    - The Guild Of Thieves
    - Jinxter
    - Corruption
    - Fish!
    - Myth
    - Wonderland
    - The Magnetic Scrolls
       Collection Vol. One
    - The Legacy - Realm
       Of Terror
   Magnetic Interpreter
   The Message Board
   About The Website

This is the "Files" section of "Fish!". Here you will find all the hard facts about the game, like general information, a plot synopsis and trivia - in other words, these are "Fish! Files".


The story for "Fish!" was originally introduced to Magnetic Scrolls by John Molloy (who was responsible for the title music for the Amiga versions of almost every Magnetic Scrolls game), Peter Kemp (a taxman) and Phillip South (a journalist). Robert Steggles was also involved in the project - acting as an 'in-house editor' who would go through the text and rewrite it to get it into Magnetic Scrolls 'house-style'.

One of the co-writers of "Fish!" was Philip South - an editor of the famous Spectrum gaming magazine "Your Sinclair".

"Fish!" was the last Magnetic Scrolls game released under the British Telecomsoft labels Rainbird (Europe) and Firebird (US). British Telecomsoft was sold to Microprose in February 1989 and Magnetic Scrolls did not renew the publishing contract with the new owner and bought up all the remaining stock of Magnetic Scrolls titles from Rainbird and decided to distribute the games themselves through the Inter-Mediates Ltd. company.

Fish title screen (Atari ST)


The "Fish!" US-box

The box that contained the game came in rather unusual measurements and was also rather flimsy, as the cardboard was much softer than the one used for the previous Rainbird releases.

As with "Corruption", "Fish!" did get a different box art for the US-release (see picture on the left). Interestingly enough the exclamation point was dropped from the title for the US-release. The reason as to why the exclamation point was not carried over for the US-release is unknown.

The photograph of the "Seven Deadly Fins" member Chuckette Cementhead, which can be found in the Mission HQ document "The Seven Deadly Fins Project" is actually John Molloy's son.

The name of the villainous terrorist "The Seven Deadly Fins" was based on a single by Brian Eno. Brian was kind enough to let the Magnetic Scrolls writing team use the name in the game.

The picture of the recording studio lounge in "Fish!" was actually based on a real recording studio called the "Roundhouse Recording Studios" which was situated in Camden. John Molloy and Phil South spent some time there recording some demos with John Molloy's band.