[ Fuzzy Memory ] Interactive Comic Book

June 25th, 2010 by Benj Edwards

Fuzzy MemoryEvery once and a while, I receive emails from people looking for a certain game, electronic toy, or computer from their distant past. I then pass it on to intrepid VC&G readers to crack the case.

The Clues

Jim writes:

Let me start by saying how wonderful your site is. Sure does bring back a lot of memories, thanks.

The game I'm looking for was played on my C64 (maybe the 128, but pretty sure it was the 64). The time period was the late 1980′s. I remember the game being called an "interactive comic book". You played the game by being one of the 3 (I think this is the number) main characters in the book. Depending on what you did, the other characters would react to your actions. You could also "switch" to any of the other characters and play the game from their positions.

Kind of a vague description, but that's about all I can remember about the game. I really hope that someone remembers what it is that I'm talking about.

Thanks
- Jim

The Search Begins

It's up to you to find the object of Jim's fuzzy memory. Post any thoughts or suggestions in the comments section below. Jim will be monitoring the comments, so if you need to clarify something with him, ask away. Good luck!

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10 Responses to “[ Fuzzy Memory ] Interactive Comic Book”

  1. medarch Says:

    Was this game graphical or a text adventure?

  2. Geoff V. Says:


    Accepted Answer

    Lane Mastodon vs. the Blubbermen

    What a great game!

  3. Benj Edwards Says:

    Good Call, Geoff. It could have been one of these, all in the same series of interactive titles:

    http://www.mobygames.com/game/lane-mastodon-vs-the-blubbermen
    http://www.mobygames.com/game/gamma-force-in-pit-of-a-thousand-screams
    http://www.mobygames.com/game/zorkquest-the-crystal-of-doom

  4. Geoff V. Says:

    I didn't know there was a series. I just remember a friend's older brother "playing" this comic game. For some reason he call it Flubbermen.

  5. Dave Ross Says:

    Definitely part of the Infocomics series

  6. Jim Says:

    you guys are AMAZING … THANK YOU

    looking at the quick links that you provided brought back a ton of old memories

    YES those are the book/games I was looking for … Lane Mastodon was the one I had, and I do remember the "series", although I only had the one

    words can not begin to express just how HAPPY I really am at this moment

    once again, thanks to this community for being there … you guys ROCK

    JIM

  7. Andrew Fisher Says:

    Although not the game you are looking for, it's worth checking out Accolade's Comics, a very clever game that is also an interactive comic book.

  8. JIM Says:

    Andrew … thanks for reminding me about Accolade … many fine memories with that company, although not what I was looking for

    NONETHELESS - they DID produced some VERY fine games, some of my favorites that I remember were :

    *Psi5 Trading Company - one of the first games I ever had. Far ahead of its time IMO

    *Street Rods - an early favorite, not only of mine but of my son and nephews as well. We collected every car the game could throw at us and beating the "King" became common place after awhile.

    *Elvira - Mistress of the Dark - never could get that one to work correctly,I'd play the game for a while then it would lock up on me at a certain point … replaced it at least twice and had the SAME problem at the SAME point … finally gave up on it, but I enjoyed it just the same

  9. Benj Edwards Says:

    You guys never cease to amaze me at how fast you can solve these things. Good job, Geoff!

    Our new slogan should be: "VC&G: Making Dreams Come True"

  10. Brian Says:

    Also not the game in question, but it reminds me of the old Questprobe Marvel comic adventures.

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