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Developer(s) Ultimate Play The Game
Publisher(s) Ultimate Play The Game
Platform(s) Commodore 64
Release date(s)
  • EU 1985 (C64)
Genre(s) Action-adventure game
Mode(s) Single-player

Blackwyche is a video game for the Commodore 64 developed and released by Ultimate Play The Game in 1985. It is a sequel to The Staff of Karnath and Entombed, and features the same aristocrat adventurer, Sir Arthur Pendragon. The game was created by brothers Dave and Robert (Bob) Thomas.[1] It was followed by Dragon Skulle later in 1985.


Typically for Ultimate and Rare/Rareware releases, players are given a tantalising and cryptic introduction:

"Out of dark rolling mists it came, a shadowy outline drifting slowly through the silent waters of the night. As it drew closer, there formed the ghostly shape of a large galleon.
My eyes beheld a strange luminescence surrounding the vessel, as though it was being driven towards me by some powerful supernatural force.
My heart began to pound with fear as I knew that this could not be real. How could this timeless ship have roamed the seas for more than two centuries? If so, what terrible fate could have befallen the crew?
As I gazed in wonder at this astounding sight, the ship slowly came to a halt close to my meagre craft, almost inviting me to investigate its long-since deserted decks.
I drew my craft closer and climbed aboard as my curiosity began to burn with desire to know more of this mysterious ship. The presence of some evil force became even stronger as I wandered down those god forsaken decks and I felt its very essence surrounding me like some shadowy veil ..."


Blackwyche is an arcade adventure in isometric perspective pseudo-3D set aboard a hunted galleon, trying to free the soul of the captain. The puzzles are generally thought to be easier and more logical than in its predecessors.[1]


The game received a 49% rating from Zzap!64 who criticised the game on the basis of being more of the same.[2]


  1. ^ a b "The Ultimate Adventure of Sir Arthur Pendragon", Retro Gamer (Imagine Publishing) (56), October 2008: 48–54 
  2. ^ "Blackwyche", Zzap!64 (Newsfield Publications) (8), December 1985: 36 

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