Game box art challenge?


#1382


#1383

OK, third clue.


#1384

Man that one has me stumped completely. I’ll keep trying.


#1385

Deep Space?


#1386

Not deep space. Here come the bigger hints.

(I picked a harder one this time since my last one was guessed in LITERALLY TWO AMERICAN MINUTES.)


#1387

Looks like some text thing from a time I didn’t even know how to read my own language!


#1388

Couldn’t be some weird art for Star Raiders?


#1389

Not Star Raiders. Not a text adventure (despite the publisher).

Additional hint: on more systems than what appears on the box below.


#1390

This isn’t a Douglas Adams game published by Scott Adams? :O


#1391

I declare this round lost.

Yes, that is Doug Carlston of Brøderbund fame, and this game was one of a series of four. It’s actually quite good – I played it on Apple ][. You can play it online here, and I wrote about it here.

Since Left_Empty identified the publisher, he gets next round.


#1392

Thats a good one.


#1393

That’s not how this works: you cannot get away that easily usually ;)
If picking another one is too much of a bother, I’ll do it, but I’m curious about your next pick after reading about the previous one.


#1394

OK, here’s one hopefully harder than Missile Command but easier than Galactic Empire


#1395

Strange Adventures in Infinite Space?


#1396

Where in the world is Carmen Sandeigo ?


#1397

I get an isometric 3D vibe for some reason… Head over Heels?


#1398

My first thought – googled up Carmen Sandiego box art and saw nothing that matched. (Is Google cheating?)


#1399

I don’t think if you googled “Carmen Sandiego box art” that you would be cheating at all. You had an idea and you went and looked at covers.


#1400

Haha, true. Man, that last one killed me – I knew it was early 80s (you could just tell by the art on that second reveal), but Adventure International? That’s deeeeep.

I also thought it could be Synapse Software’s Shamus (I remember it being investigatory and ?s in the game, but I could be wrong), but nope.


#1401

BigWeather gets it! It’s Shamus. Nicely done.

I was originally going to pick a more obscure Synapse game, but then decided that was unreasonably cruel after my Galactic Saga pick.

Synapse was probably one of if not the most well-known developer for the Atari 8-bit computers; their games were ported elsewhere but they made the 400/800 series do amazing things. They made really excellent use of the chroma/luma tricks to have the color palette make up for the low resolution.