I could find very little information about this game other than what it told me itself. The programming was by Asterix/Victory, the idea and text by Gotcha, and the excellent music by Link/Vibrants.
Yes, music in a text adventure! And it’s really very good indeed.
As you can see the game is multiple-choice and appears to be written as a tongue-in-cheek homage to the 64 scene and cracking groups of the 80s/90s. The language is a little fruity and dated, with some words that people may (will) find offensive, so you have been warned.
There isn’t much to say about the gameplay – no parser involved obviously as it’s a simple multiple-choice interface, but the game runs well and it’s speedy enough. Interestingly, for a cracker group, the code is perfectly readable and with a simple run/stop you can list and print the entire program, I mean, should you want to.
All in all, it was a fun distraction, and once you work out that almost all choices that seem logical are the opposite of that, and that usually, the sillier selections move you forward in the game, you can sort of trial and error your way to the end.
There are plenty of name-drops and references to the scene that only serves to make you feel like you are part of an in-joke that you weren’t really supposed to understand. A party to which you were not invited.
It actually made me laugh in places, and cringe in others, in the same way as sitcoms like Till Death Us Do Part do today.
The best thing about this game by a country mile is the music, it’s a really good SID tune by Link from the group Vibrants in Denmark, founded by JCH and Link. The group was founded in late 1989 so I guess it dates this game to either that year or the early 90s, but the group are still active today so who knows!
I actually ‘won’ with a measly 48% score but honestly, didn’t have the heart or enthusiasm to try again.
If you’re so inclined, the game can be found here, as well as the SID tune.
Not a classic. Not the best played so far, but another one ticked off the list. Onwards and upwards….