The Fool and His Money

For those of you who enjoy brain-twisting, painful (but completely FAIR and logical) puzzle games, Cliff Johnson has a new one coming out soon: The Fool and His Money.

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Other award-winning works by Cliff that you may know: The Fool's Errand (of which this game is the sequel) and 3 In Three, both of which have been made freely downloadable on his website, including a free version of Executor (Mac classic emulator, needed to run these old Mac classics on Windows). Fool's Errand is a bit quirky, but 3 In Three has held up very well over the years -- you would be a fool (sorry) not to give it a try, if you haven't played it already.

20 years later and I sill remember huddling with a friend over the scraps of paper containing scribbled notes on Fool's that were scattered all over his dorm room. A version for the iphone would be pretty cool, I should think.

Get 'em both and give them a try; well worth the time.

Cliff Johnson has released a free playable demo of The Fool And His Money, available for both Win and Mac. Enjoy some brain pain!

Wow, got through the first two puzzles, about half way through the third and i can see why this can be considered something special, but it's using far too much brain power for me at this time of night.

I loved loved loved the original. One of my top 10 games of all time. Can't wait to rip into this.

I've only finished the first puzzle so far and it brings back a lot of memories. Although I was a little annoyed with the additional mini-game to keep the puzzle from scrambling itself.

Latrine wrote:

I loved loved loved the original. One of my top 10 games of all time. Can't wait to rip into this.

Mine as well -- my dad and I have spent easily hundreds of hours on Fool's Errand, At The Carnival, and 3 In Three.

Latrine wrote:

I've only finished the first puzzle so far and it brings back a lot of memories. Although I was a little annoyed with the additional mini-game to keep the puzzle from scrambling itself.

It irritated me, too... mostly because I didn't know what it was the first time it happened, and I just sat there and let it f*ck my picture up. After that it was merely an additional chore to the puzzle.

I've finished the first two puzzles, and the first part of the third puzzle. Puzzle 2 was an interesting change of pace from the original game -- I found it a lot harder to figure out which shapes were valid. And puzzle 3 will take me a while to complete... and probably a few sheets of paper to jot notes down.

Finally, after years and years (and YEARS) of waiting... Speaking of vaporware, I'm still waiting for They Came From Hollywood.

Oh, and there's a PC version of The Fool's Errand floating around somewhere, which works great with DosBOX, aside from some minor frustration involving the speed-based puzzles.

Itsatrap wrote:

Oh, and there's a PC version of The Fool's Errand floating around somewhere, which works great with DosBOX, aside from some minor frustration involving the speed-based puzzles.

There is, but as I recall, it had some of its own issues...

As noted in my OP, the full version of Fool's Errand and 3 In Three (his two best games) are freely available to download, along with the Mac emulator "Executor", which does work in XP and Vista (32-bit, at least).

merphle wrote:
Itsatrap wrote:

Oh, and there's a PC version of The Fool's Errand floating around somewhere, which works great with DosBOX, aside from some minor frustration involving the speed-based puzzles.

There is, but as I recall, it had some of its own issues...

As noted in my OP, the full version of Fool's Errand and 3 In Three (his two best games) are freely available to download, along with the Mac emulator "Executor", which does work in XP and Vista (32-bit, at least).

Yeah it does have a lot lot of issues. Sometimes the mouse will go all kinds of crazy, making the mazes impossible to do (for instance). Plus, even though the DOS version is in color, it looks like ass compared to the black & white Mac version. I started playing it via the Executor emulator - it seems to work great so far. merphle - thanks for bringing this back to my attention, this is a game that deserves some of my gaming time again.

I finished up all the puzzles in the demo, lots of fun. I thought there'd be more but then realized there are 11 individual puzzles across 5 screens. Maybe it's because they're new but these puzzles seem a good bit harder than those in Cliff's previous games.

Just discussion, no solutions:

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[color=white]Puzzle 1. Payne. Return of the scrambled picture. A great simple puzzle, dunno why the quick-time nonsense was added to it. I guess it's because it's so easy when you think about it, simpler than a jigsaw.

Puzzle 2. Ursula. This was a hard one. To be honest I pretty much stumbled into a solved state. I knew what all the buttons did but didn't really have a plan to get it right. My one criticism is that even though I knew each of the images had four states, except for the right ones I couldn't tell which state was which because they were all too abstract.

Puzzles 3-7. Lawley. I loved these sentence assembly puzzles. They remind me of the puzzles in the original game where changing a letter in one part of the puzzle would change that same letter everywhere else. I also loved how they're tied into the story.

Puzzle 8. Wyck. Ah, the return of the tarot card game, another classic and iconic puzzle of the original. A relatively simple puzzle but I hear there will be more tarot card game puzzles in the full game.

Puzzles 9-11. The Seventh House. God, for a simple scrambled letters game these puzzles were hard. I had to use an anagram solver to help me figure it out I must admit. But even then it took a while since the puzzle seems cleverly designed just so you can't punch it into an anagram solver.
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Wired interview with Cliff Johnson from a few weeks ago:
How Legendary Puzzle Game Fool’s Errand Came to Be

ARISE!

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Looks like it may actually be released.

Won't believe it until I see it.

Yeah, yeah. We've been preordered since Saturday, January 6, 2007... and cautiously hopeful!

... and this is out now! Sadly, $40 puts it in my "need to budget for it" category; for $20, I probably would have pre-ordered, and for $15 I would buy it on the spot.

Indeed, it is! I fired it up with my dad this evening, and promptly got my ass handed to me. Part of it is because I wasn't in the right frame of mind for deep logic puzzles, but man, some of them seem pretty devious.

Holy crap that took a long time. I guess I'm not a "true believer", but I'll definitely pick this up soon.

I'm not going to lie... I thought we were getting played for fools, for quite a while. Happy we stuck with it though.

Picked it up today... Quite fun and challenging! Into my third puzzle now.

Yeah, it's hurting our brains something fierce. We're about halfway through the list of named puzzles so far.

There seem to be a preponderance of word/letter puzzles, is that right?

Also, does which card you start with make a difference? No spoilers, but I just picked one at random (The Star). Do I end up doing all the others, too?

There are indeed a fair number of word puzzles... more so than the first one, I think. I'm assuming that this is only the first "act" of the game, though, so it may change up significantly. As far as I know, the cards only represent save slots, and have no function or meaning beyond that.