An ode to the title that kicked off Magic Knight’s stardom
Where it all began; the first screen of Finders
Keepers is certainly an iconic one. The king sends you on a mission to find a birthday present for the princess (maybe she’d love a lump of cheese?) by teleporting you to the castle to find something suitable. Many hours later, after getting lost in a few mazes, doing a few trades with Gordon and taking on a giant cat, you may find that feeling of satisfaction should you exit the castle triumphant. You also may find yourself stuck in the aforementioned maze unable to escape the many ghosts and monsters found lurking in the doldrums and hitting the ‘0’ key to start the game again.
Finders Keepers captured the imagination of many ZX Spectrum owners and just the mention of the game brings a smile to the face of many, and went on to spawn more adventures for Magic Knight. Who was to know that the game would go on to become such a hit a go down as one of the Speccy’s finest? Not only that, but the character would also become an icon of the ZX Spectrum scene as we followed her exploits through space and time over the following three games.