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Wanted to play Magnetic Scrolls classics for a long time now, but inteface always got in the way. This version makes it much easier to play. Thanks for this one !

Hi ! I have the AppImage on Fedora 64bits. When I try to launch it says :

This application failed to start because it could not find or load the Qt platform plugin "xcb"
in "".

Any help ?

ldd the file says : it's not a dynamic executable.


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Okay, after fixing the libs problem (pointing to the right ones), the AppImage just crash with a segmentation fault. The last shared library it loads is "calling init: /lib64/" then seg fault/core dumped.

I think I can't do anything more without the code...

The msi works good on wine 4.7 !

Hi, sorry for the trouble. Can you perhaps contact me via the strandgames website or via PM in the strandgames forum. The problem is probably caused by library conflicts between the Fedora system libs and the old Qt version.


Please @strandgames, provide a flatpak or publish on Steam

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It is possible to make available for download the android apk file for those who bought the game at ichio so we dont have to buy it again at google play. Personally I prefer not to use app stores so an apk file even with no support whatsoever is far preferable!



Interesting idea. 

I've created a secret "The Pawn for Android" project, that hosts the APK. You're going to have to manually side-load it into your device. But it should work. Let me see if i can PM you the key...

hmm. can't a way to PM people here? drop me an email on, and i'll send you the APK download key.

Let me know if it works!

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I have send you my email.
Thank you for your effort!

Thanks alot – extra tip for Linux version!

Thank you for making these games available again, and including Linux versions, very happy to have them digitally.

Would love to also see them available on Steam if you ever get the opportunity to put them up there.

We would very much like to put them on Steam at some point. Thanks for your feedback!

It plays really, really well. 

It would be nice if there would be a setting to display the images at 1:1 scale or at least use nearest neighbour scaling (so the images stay crisp). I could also do with an option to show the c64 version of the images as well :)

There's only one rather annoying point from the settings: Scale, getting it back to 1 is next to impossible without try and error, a "reset scale" button would help a lot.

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good point about scale reset. In general, try not to mess with scale. Almost always you can get the same thing by changing the font size. The scale feature was added originally in case the buttons were too small or large - mainly for laptops with touch screens.

To make the images more like the original, switch off "image pixel scaling" (which is on by default). This removes the XBR scaling algorithm, but even so the pictures are still scaled to fit the window.

The original pictures are only 256 pixels wide, so they would be _really_ tiny on any modern device. It could just pixel double/tripple/quad etc, but they would be quite blocky indeed.

checkout this blog entry for more info on the pictures,


I might try to track down the C64 versions of the pictures too.


I played Pawn/Thieves/Jinxter on the Amiga and the c64, so the c64 images would be a real bonus. (2x blocky scaling of the images as well ;) )

btw any plans for Thieves and Jinxter as well?


Absolutely, Guild of Thieves is running here, but it needs more testing. We're hoping to make a beta soon(ish).

Does the Pawn work on mac os 10.10.5 ? I don't think so (I can not install the game)

It should do! If you can't get it to work, email me at and i'll help out.

is there a plan for an iOS release?

Yes, we are currently finishing the remaining bits for the iOS build. It just takes a little more time, but it is in the works.

Fantastic news! :)

iPhone & iPad version submitted to Apple for review...

Bought! Thanks for the bump. :)

Lovely seeing this remaster! Any idea why Paypal purchases aren't supported though?

Good point about PayPal, I'll look into it. Thanks!

Thank you :)

(humbly bows)


Another vote for PayPal here - hope it's added as an option soon as I'd love to buy this.

I remember playing it on my Sinclair QL! (and then on Amstrad CPC and Amiga too).  Guild of Thieves was probably the finest of the series, but the Pawn was wonderful too.

Paypal now suported!