[ Fuzzy Memory ] C64 BBS Simulator Game

August 28th, 2012 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

Richard writes:

My father’s birthday is fast approaching, and I want to find him one of his classic games from the Commodore 64. Unfortunately, the name has been lost in time and his fuzzy memory, though the details of it remain. He often remarks about the amazing depth given to characters in the game.

The plot was a mystery of some sort, set in various Bulletin Board Systems. Some clues would be several messages back in the board, and various NPCs would post messages to the board at key points in the story. When connecting to a board, it would slide in from right to left, and then wobble slightly as it stabilized. Apparently the game itself was very well built, apparently having rather good word recognition, allowing for normal-ish conversations.

Beyond that, I know very little about the game. Hopefully the you can help me out, I’d really like to see this game for myself, and I’m sure it would bring him a great deal of joy. Hopefully what I have will be enough.

Thanks for any help,

The Search Begins

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

Have a memory of a computer, video game, computer software, or electronic toy you need help identifying? Send me an email describing your memories in detail. Hopefully, the collective genius of the VC&G readership can help solve your mystery.

7 Responses to “[ Fuzzy Memory ] C64 BBS Simulator Game”

  1. Martin Says:

    How about “Portal”?

  2. Richard James Says:

    BBS reminds me of Neuromancer

    But from the description it doesn’t quite sound like it.

  3. Dan Says:

    Could it be “System 15000”?

    It was a hacking sim, though I can’t seem to find very many screenshots of it.

  4. Ed Finkler Says:

    Possibly Activision’s Hacker?


  5. Jason Says:

    I had many many c64 games, still do. I dug through my collection and hacker and neuromancer were my closest ideas. I did have the same problem with finding an old c64 game recently. There are lots of c64 websites out there supporting emulators. c64 forever seems to be the best. Ill try some research myself becuase now Im curious too.

  6. Richard Says:

    After a bit of emulation, and trying out the various titles, He believes it was Portal. Thanks for all your help guys!

  7. LongFellow Says:

    It might have been either Deadline of Mystery Master. Both were early 1980’s games and followed along the same plot line as described.

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