It's been a while since we've had a Fuzzy Memory mysery to solve, but I recently received another request from someone seeking resolution of their distant gaming recollections. I'm not an oracle of infinite knowledge, so like always, I need the adept VC&G readership to help solve the mystery.
Adventures 7, 8, and 9?
Ryan wrote me a few days ago regarding a computer game from his past:
Many years ago my dad brought home a 5¼" floppy with the mysterious label "Adventures 7, 8, & 9″ for our Apple IIGS. One side of the disk contained three text-based games. One took place in a carnival setting, one in the "old west," and the other in an Egyptian pyramid.
My memories are very fuzzy, but I remember the gist of each adventure. For the carnival setting, one of the tasks that you had to do was chew some old gum, stick it on the end of a branch, and retrieve a key that was in a grate. In the old west setting, there were materials available to make gunpowder. There was also a horse called "Old Paint" that always bucked you off. The strangest thing about that one was that it got "dark" after several turns of play, and if you moved around in the dark at all, you had a very good chance of breaking your neck and the game would end.
Finally, all I remember about the pyramid setting was that there was some kind of strange portal you had to open - kind of an alien/pyramid weird combo theme thing. In any case, all three of these games were the classic "Go West," "Get Key," "Open Door" format and were very difficult for me at the time (of course, I was about 8 at the time, so I'd love to try my hand at them again if I just knew what they were).
The only other detail I can remember is that the reverse side of the disk had a "Planetoids" non-playable demo on it. I'm pretty certain the text-based game was developed for something before the Apple IIGS, but I'm just not sure. Any help would be greatly appreciated so I can solve this lifelong mystery!
Thanks very much in advance,
His memories are quite detailed, which should be helpful. Also, the "Planetoids" clue is key — if that was a more high-profile Apple II game, then it should be easy to find its publisher. And the publisher of Planetoids was likely the publisher of the adventure games. I'll let you guys do the rest.
The Search Begins
So what do you guys think? We need your help in identifying the game described above. If you have any ideas, please leave a comment on this post. The game is afoot!
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