Corruption (interactive fiction)

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Corruption Cover.jpg
European Cover art
Developer(s) Magnetic Scrolls
Publisher(s) Rainbird Software
Platform(s) Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Amstrad PCW, Apple II, Acorn Archimedes, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Apple Macintosh, MS-DOS, Sinclair Spectrum.[1]
Release 1988
Genre(s) Text Adventure
Mode(s) Single-player

Corruption is a text adventure game by Magnetic Scrolls released in 1988. In this game, a successful stockbroker suddenly finds himself embroiled in a world of crime and danger.


The game is a standard text adventure with static graphics in all versions but the Apple II and Spectrum +3 ones. It focuses primarily on character interaction instead of object interaction. The Amiga version has a "speech mode", though Computer Gaming World noted it only as a novelty.[2]


  • Sinclair User:

    "This adventure is set in the modern day world of high finance. Your partner has framed you and you must prove your innocence... CORRUPTION is different from normal adventures as it depends more on the gathering and correlating of information than puzzle solving. In time, though you'll be able to find out the answers to all the questions except one - why can't I use the loo?"[3]

  • Your Sinclair:

    "All in all, I enjoyed CORRUPTION far more than I thought I would ... but not quite as much as the previous Magnetic Scrolls games."[4]

Computer Gaming World in 1989 praised the game's menu features, such as the ability to reveal exits.[2] Charles Ardai in 1992 wrote in the magazine that Corruption was "the one clear winner" in the Magnetic Scrolls Collection. While criticizing the short length of gameplay, he stated that "a game this powerful deserves the widest possible audience".[5]

The game was voted Best 8-bit Adventure Game of the Year at the Golden Joystick Awards.[6]


The working title of the game was "Upon Westminster Bridge".[7]


  1. ^ Meier, Stefan. "Magnetic Scrolls Fact Sheet". Retrieved 17 June 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Eva, Frank (Feb 1989), "On The Eve of "Corruption"", Computer Gaming World, p. 18 
  3. ^ "Corruption Review", Sinclair User, October 1988 
  4. ^ "Corruption Review", Your Sinclair, November 1988 
  5. ^ Ardai, Charles (November 1992). "Virgin Software's Magnetic Scrolls Collection". Computer Gaming World. pp. 64–64. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "Golden Joystick Awards 1989". Computer and Video Games. Future Publishing (92): 62–63. June 1989. 
  7. ^ Corruption at MobyGames

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