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#1 mizapf ONLINE  

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Posted Sun Jun 10, 2018 5:38 AM

When we recently discussed Infocom adventures, I felt like trying Zork and those other games again. But before, I thought, why not give those old adventure games a try, those from Scott Adams. Where we, in today's world, a confronted with games of dozens of gigabytes and most complex gameplay (playing Fallout 4 right now), it's somewhat a nice break to try to solve Pirate's Adventure.

 

I know there are a lot more games for the Adventure module (I even wrote an own one with the Adventure Editor), but I'm limiting myself to the "classic" series from Adventureland to Golden Voyage.

 

Did you play all those games in the past? Try them. And don't look for walkthrus (they are out there, of course); it is possibly to solve them by guessing, trying, combining.

 

I just completed "#5: The Count", which I found best so far. Next is "#6: Strange Odyssey".



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Posted Sun Jun 10, 2018 6:50 AM

It's on my bucket list.

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Posted Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:24 AM

oh my gosh, i LOVE the Scott Adams adventures.   Those are some of the titles I look back the mostly fondly playing as a kid growing up- my dad and aunt both were OBSESSED with them too.

 

I've completed recently:

 

Adventureland

Pirate's Adventure (this was the first one I finished as a kid)

Voodoo Castle

Mystery Fun House

The Count

Ghost Town (this was a tough one!)

 

i think my aunt managed to finish all the games- some of these are just straight-up DIFFICULT in my opinion, hehe.  I have a notebook with maps and notes to myself as I played through them.  I think my favorites were probably Adventureland and Mystery Fun House.



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Posted Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:46 AM

this is for the TRS-80, but you can also see a Basic listing of the source loader and stuff for Pirate's Adventure. :)

 

https://archive.org/...e/n195/mode/2up



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Posted Sun Jun 10, 2018 11:01 AM

The Count had some particular fun factor with the limited time. You had to figure out the correct sequence of actions, and also a location where you could store your objects safely so that you could not be robbed.

 

Pirate's Adventure was most likely the first one for everyone of us, because it was packaged with the Adventure module. I think the next one I got was Savage Island.

 

I remember when I first played Savage Island 1, this was very frustrating, because if you did not have the right idea, Hurricane Alexis swept you off the island, and the game was over. Interestingly, this is his wife's name. :-)

 

BTW, I did not notice that typo in the splash screen until today! You know which one?



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Posted Sun Jun 10, 2018 12:59 PM

The Count had some particular fun factor with the limited time. You had to figure out the correct sequence of actions, and also a location where you could store your objects safely so that you could not be robbed.

 

Pirate's Adventure was most likely the first one for everyone of us, because it was packaged with the Adventure module. I think the next one I got was Savage Island.

 

I remember when I first played Savage Island 1, this was very frustrating, because if you did not have the right idea, Hurricane Alexis swept you off the island, and the game was over. Interestingly, this is his wife's name. :-)

 

BTW, I did not notice that typo in the splash screen until today! You know which one?

yup!  Adam must have had quite the adventure :)



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Posted Sun Jun 10, 2018 5:38 PM

I got stuck on Pyramid of Doom. Need to go back and give it a shot again!

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Posted Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:06 AM

I liked them back in the day because I was very limited on funds and the fact that they were so difficult, they kept me busy on the computer until I gave up in frustration. Good stories they were not, but if you view them for what they are - scavenger hunts with many nonsensical and illogical puzzles with a penchant for sadism in their ways of killing you off at a moments notice - then they were okay, but they just don't hold up once you realize how pretty much the same they all were, with about the only thing changing being the level of torture you want to put yourself through. I played the original run of them and even have my solution to Return to Pirate's Isle a few places on the internet. I also played his Questprobe series which I had on the Apple ][ which was again, the same old game engine with added graphics. About the only one I look back on with any sense of nostalgia is RTPI, if only for how long it took me to solve it.



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Posted Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:27 AM

I try to play through these blind, but I always get stuck.



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Posted Tue Jun 12, 2018 11:09 AM

I got stuck on Pyramid of Doom. Need to go back and give it a shot again!

 

yes, Pyramid of Doom gave me some issues but i was dedicated and at the time it was the only adventure game I had so I got through it.

 

I'm mapping out a new Pyramid of Doom sequel right now.



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Posted Tue Jun 12, 2018 11:46 AM

I enjoyed the old Scott Adams text adventures a lot! I even have Scott Adams on my FB friends list. :D

 

I remember making a breakthrough when playing Mission Impossible, encoded in ROT13:

 

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I played and won most of them, I was proud of winning Golden Voyage all on my own without any hint books, or having watched the Sinbad movie it copied stuff from.

 

The only one I NEVER could win was Savage Island. Besides being so vague on what exactly you were doing and why, the game had so many "Oops you died" at random moments. That was the only one I ever used the hint book for, and even THAT didn't help.



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Posted Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:45 PM

At the end of Savage Island 1, you got a passcode. Savage Island 2 started in the "dead" state, and only with this passcode, you were able to continue. The "ugly" thing was that there were actually two passcodes, depending on whether you had a particular item in your inventory at the end of SI1.

 

It is too long ago for me to remember how I solved it. It is quite likely that at some point I either looked into the program file, or I used Weiand's Adventure Editor.

 

I think the only adventure where I was even less successful was Deadline from Infocom: I never solved it, although I had the original package with all physical hints.



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Posted Tue Jun 12, 2018 1:32 PM

Knight Ironheart is the hardest of all. I studied the code in the adventure editor and I still couldn't win the blasted thing.

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Posted Tue Jun 12, 2018 1:33 PM

i forget which adventure it was originally for me, but Adventureland stands out as one most recently that has some pretty obtuse solutions (and subsequent deaths), lol. 

 

i've seen spots on the 'net where you can get a command-by-command solution, but i guess i'm too stubborn for my own good and i'm going to solve it myself, dang it!



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Posted Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:36 PM

I don't remember which adventures I could solve on my own, back in those days when I was a teenager. Therefore I have a very bad feeling about looking for a walkthru on the Internet, since that could prove that I, getting closer to my 50ies, start losing some capabilities. This is not an option. Not yet. :)






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