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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
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Developer(s) Soft Option
Publisher(s) Hill MacGibbon
Platform(s) ZX Spectrum
Release date(s)
  • UK 1985
Mode(s) Single-player

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a 1985 video game developed by British studio Soft Option and published by Hill MacGibbon. It was released in the United Kingdom for the ZX Spectrum. It is loosely based on Roald Dahl's 1964 book of the same name, and consumers had the option of buying the game and book as a set.


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is loosely based on the book of the same name. The game includes four different single-screen games based on characters from the book. A fifth game, an arcade adventure, is also playable. In the first of the four games, the player must guide Augustus Gloop around a maze. In the second game, Violet Beauregarde is being attacked by blueberries and must deflect them into a juicing machine. In the third game, Veruca Salt is being attacked by squirrels after enraging them, and she must leave behind poisoned nuts as a defense, although the poison has a limited lifespan. In the fourth game, Mike Teavee travels across multiple floors trying to collect Wonka Bars, while also avoiding cameras that attack with a shrinking ray.

The arcade adventure takes place in the 43-room chocolate factory. Playing as Charlie, the player must traverse the factory in search of six gold keys, which will allow the player to enter the Great Glass Lift and win the game. The player must complete each of the four games in order to win the arcade adventure. However, the latter game is still playable in practice mode without completing the four others. The golden keys are absent from the arcade adventure game in practice mode, preventing the player from completing it.

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