GamingAfter40
23h57 10  janvier
Adventure: Castle of Terror (1984)
Iíve had a little bit of adventuring time available in recent weeks, and I ended up tackling Beam Softwareís Castle of Terror, published in 1984 for the Commodore 64 and Spectrum ZX computers. Itís an illustrated text adventure with a parser (of sorts), room illustrations (that take...
21h21 30  dťcembre
Adventure: Hugoís House of Horrors Hugoís Horrific Adventure (1989)
I havenít had much time to sit down and dig into a proper adventure game in a long while,so I was pleased to run across an animated adventure game that only took a few hours to play -- David P. Grayís Hugoís Horrific Adventure (its in-game credit), a.k.a. Hugoís House of Horrors (in old shareware...
01h27 02  avril
At Random: Karnov (NES, 1987)
I recently acquired Hyperkinís Retron 5 multi-console -- itís essentially an emulator in a console casing, with a generic wireless controller, clean HDMI output, and support for cheats and patches, video filtering options, screenshot captures, and save states for games that never had a save...
00h49 14  fťvrier
At Random: Magician Lord (Neo Geo, 1990)
Itís been quite a while since Iíve posted anything here, and Iím heading into another busy period so this may be my only post for a while to come as well. But Iíve recently found myself drawn back to SNKís Magician Lord, a launch title for the Neo Geo arcade system console.Heís a Magician...
15h51 29  dťcembre
Adventures in VR: Dead Secret (2016)
Hi-ho Itís been a long time, more than a year. But while I havenít been writing much about games of late, I have had time to play a few and to goof around with virtual reality using the HTC Vive platform. This is exciting stuff, actually, and reminds me a lot of the pioneering days of...
21h49 13  octobre
At Random: Quest for Camelot (Gameboy Color, 1998)
Hi, everyone Itís been several months since Iíve posted here, but my current show is up and running and rehearsals for the next one donít start for a few weeks aside from a staged reading Iím doing next weekend -- whew -- so I have a little time to do some gaming and writing.One of my...
17h57 02  juillet
Adventure: Detective Case and Clown Bot: in Murder in the Hotel Lisbon (2014)
Ed.: As many have noticed, Iím finding it difficult to keep up with my adventuring and blogging of late. So Iím changing up my approach a little bit -- feedback is welcome For several years now Iíve been doing comprehensive playthroughs and avoiding more recent games -- unnecessarily, as...
18h07 07  mai
Adventure: Dr. Livingston, In Search Of (Softside, 1980)
Thanks to all the longtime readers inquiring as to my whereabouts. I assure you I am well, just busy with life elsewhere. I have not written a new post since August of last year, and my old weekly schedule will not be returning any time soon, so Iím going to just start calling these ...
12h07 18  aoŻt
Spottiness Ahead
FYI, my postings here are going to be less frequent for the next several months. Iíve taken on a couple of theatre projects that are going to eat up more than my available free time, and itís a busy time of year on top of that. But rest assured I will be back, I have some games in the...
20h00 04  aoŻt
Quick Impressions: Kingís Quest 2015 - Episode 1
Iíve been remiss in my regular blogging duties this week due to a hectic schedule, but this gives me an opportunity to introduce an occasional look at more recent adventure games. My regular Adventure of the Week posts operate under a self-imposed five year embargo -- yes, I know there are...
20h00 28  juillet
Adventure of the Week: Wizardís Revenge (1981)
This weekís subject, Wizardís Revenge, is another of an informal series of text adventures published by the Atari Program eXchange for Atariís 8-bit home computers, and the only one I hadnít yet tackled in my recent posts about these games. Wizardís Revenge was written by Max Manowski circa...
20h00 21  juillet
Adventure of the Week: Castle (1981)
Castle is another escape-the-castle adventure involving a wizardís curse, written by Robert Zdybel and published by the Atari Program Exchange for the companyís 8-bit computers, circa 1981. (All of these games start up with the same COPYRIGHT ATARI 1981 notice, and Iím starting to wonder if...
20h00 14  juillet
Adventure of the Week: Chinese Puzzle (1981)
This week, weíre looking at another Atari Program eXchange adventure game: Chinese Puzzle, written by Dennis Koble (later to co-found Imagic) and published in 1981, using the same engine as most of the other APX adventures for the Atari 8-bit computers. (A technical note: we have to RUN ...
20h00 07  juillet
Adventure of the Week: Wizardís Gold (1981)
I intended to play something more substantial while I was on vacation, but instead Iíve spent my time with another Atari Program eXchange adventure circa 1981, author uncredited, called Wizardís Gold. Our goal is to find a hidden bar of gold and return it to its rightful place, presumably...
20h00 30  juin
Adventure of the Week: Sultanís Palace (1981)
Iím entering the Sultanís Palace this week, in another Atari Program eXchange adventure for the Atari 8-bit computers. It was written by Dennis Koble using Atariís quirky in-house text adventure engine and published in 1981; Koble would go on to co-found Imagic the following year.Weíve seen...
20h00 23  juin
Adventure of the Week: Sleazy Adventure (1981)
This week, weíre embarking on a Sleazy Adventure from 1981 -- another Atari Program eXchange release for the 8-bit Atari home computers, using the same in-house BASIC engine as several other APX games released around the same time. This one was written by Bob Smith, and features an unusual...
20h00 16  juin
Adventure of the Week: Alien Egg (1981)
This week, Iím playing another Atari 400 800 text adventure published through APX, the Atari Program Exchange, in 1981. I had heard of Alien Egg back in the day but hadnít run across it yet, and I found it by chance under the unofficial title SPCSHP on the same disk as Rob Fulopís Marketing...
20h00 09  juin
Adventure of the Week: Marketing Adventure (1981?)
While I occasionally cover a well-known adventure here, part of the fun of writing this blog is in discovering and exploring more obscure games. This week, Iím very happy to have run across an oddity with genuine historical significance -- something called Marketing Adventure, written by Rob...
20h00 02  juin
Adventure of the Week: Fatty Bearís Birthday Surprise (1993)
I was considering tackling another game in one of Humongous Entertainmentís series of Junior Adventures this week, when it occurred to me that Iíve never played Fatty Bearís Birthday Surprise. This 1993 game, directed by the companyís co-founder Ron Gilbert (The Secret of Monkey Island), was...
20h00 26  mai
Adventure of the Week: Putt-Putt Enters the Race (1998)
Iíve been working my way through Humongous Entertainmentís Junior Adventure games every now and then, and weíre up to the fifth game starring the companyís mainstay character, Putt-Putt the anthropomorphic purple car. In this 1998 adventure, Putt-Putt Enters the Race, Putt-Putt... well, I...
20h00 19  mai
Adventure of the Week: Strong Badís Cool Game for Attractive People - Episode 3: Baddest of the Bands (2008)
Itís been quite a while (more than two years ) since Iíve come back to the Telltale Games library. Iím currently thoroughly enjoying their current series Tales from the Borderlands, and itís high time I tackled Strong Badís Cool Game For Attractive People - Episode 3: Baddest of the Bands...
20h00 12  mai
Adventure of the Week: Adventure in Time (1983)
This week, weíre embarking upon an Adventure in Time, written by Paul Berker for the Atari 8-bit home computers and published by Phoenix Software in 1983. This was the second in an intended series that appears to have stopped after this gameís release. Berkerís style uses a basic two...
20h00 05  mai
Adventure of the Week: Birth of the Phoenix (1982)
This week called for something fresh but brief, so Iím tackling an obscure adventure for the Atari 8-bit computers... Birth of the Phoenix, a novice-level tutorial adventure published in 1982 by Phoenix Software, programmed (and designed I presume) by Paul L. Berker. A version reportedly...
20h00 28  avril
Adventure of the Week: Freddi Fish 2: The Case of the Haunted Schoolhouse (1996)
Iíve found the original CD-ROM releases harder to track down in thrift stores of late, so I was glad the whole Humongous Entertainment library of Junior Adventures has become available on Steam. This week, Iím playing Freddi Fish 2: The Case of the Haunted Schoolhouse, published in 2006....
20h00 21  avril
Adventure of the Week: Ben There, Dan That (Special Edition, 2011)
This week finds me in the mood to tackle a game I know very little about going in, either by experience or reputation -- Ben There, Dan That (Special Edition), a point-and-click adventure inspired by the comedic Lucasarts style. It was created by (and named for) Ben Ward and Dan Marshall of...