Hazily Remembered Games With Only the Vaguest Notion of What They Were

There was a game my parents bought from Radio Shack on 5.25" floppies where you are trying to solve a murder mystery in an old house.
It was late 80s/early 90's.
All I can remember is that it scared the ever-loving crap out of me if I played it at night.

Was it a text adventure? From the description of the plot, it sounds like it could be Infocom's Witness:

IMAGE(http://www.atarimania.com/8bit/boxes/hi_res/witness_infocom_d7.jpg)

IMAGE(http://www.myabandonware.com/media/screenshots/t/the-witness-1nq/the-witness_1.gif)

Could also be Colonel's Bequest:

I say this only because that game also freaked me the hell out when I was a kid. Something about the music.

Side note: I just now realize that I was 7 when this game came out. That may be another reason I was freaked out by this game.

Hmm. Mystery? Scary house? That doesn't narrow it down much, I'm afraid. That was a popular text adventure/adventure game theme.

IMAGE(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a0/Mystery_House_-_Apple_II_render_emulation_-_2.png)
Probably not the original Mystery House, one of the first graphical adventure games.

Likewise, I assume Maniac Mansion is too obvious? Though that starts with a kidnapping, not a murder.

Mortville Manor? Uninvited? Hugo's House of Horrors? Hugo II? A time-travelling copy of 5 days a Stranger?

I recall some game from back I the apple early education games. One was a doctor that took you to an island you had to puzzle solve on and another was some dinosaur time travel photo game.

Both were high on the want to play at school list.

A couple years back I was trying to recall the game Chrome, I had bought it on a whim and put in somw decent time with it but gave up due to system issues playing it. Left a bad taste jn my mouth and GWJ helped me recall what it was. Turns out lots of people loved it and I just had system issues. I do specifically recall the bad original Farcry bad voice acting. Oh God Farcry voice acting....

Hobear wrote:

I recall some game from back I the apple early education games. One was a doctor that took you to an island you had to puzzle solve on

I think there's two possible games that fit this description:

The Island of Dr. Brain (which seems like it wasn't available for Mac)
The Secret Island of Dr. Quandary (available for Mac, also the one I played!)

I was awful at this minigame in Dr. Quandary:

IMAGE(http://www.abandonia.com/files/games/25123/Secret%20Island%20of%20Dr.%20Quandary,%20The_8.png)

There is also "7th Guest" but I don't believe that was on floppies and certainly not 5.25 floppies.

I played so much Dr Quandary as a kid in middle school! I miss that game.

I've got a hazy memory of an old DOS game that I've been chewing over for a while without successful identification. I think it was sort of a brick-breaking game in which you control a sword as your paddle and bounce a coin back and forth horizontally. Each level had some sort of mythical creature moving around/through the bricks, can't quite remember if the primary goal was to hit them or break all the bricks or what. The clearest part of my memory is the "chink" sound it made when the coin came in contact with the sword. That and the time my coin glitched and got stuck between the edge of a creature and a brick, and I begged my dad not to turn off the computer for hours while I racked up a bajillion points.

fangblackbone wrote:

There is also "7th Guest" but I don't believe that was on floppies and certainly not 5.25 floppies.

You remembered right: it was one of the killer apps to show off CD-ROMs.

Demyx wrote:
Hobear wrote:

I recall some game from back I the apple early education games. One was a doctor that took you to an island you had to puzzle solve on

I think there's two possible games that fit this description:

The Island of Dr. Brain (which seems like it wasn't available for Mac)
The Secret Island of Dr. Quandary (available for Mac, also the one I played!)

I was awful at this minigame in Dr. Quandary:

IMAGE(http://www.abandonia.com/files/games/25123/Secret%20Island%20of%20Dr.%20Quandary,%20The_8.png)

Dr. Quandry, yeah that is the one. I found it on the internet some years ago but was unplayable. Good times gaming at school. One other was a math space game. You collect math gems that add up to the answer and fueled your ship so you could fly and fight in space.

Hobear wrote:
Demyx wrote:
Hobear wrote:

I recall some game from back I the apple early education games. One was a doctor that took you to an island you had to puzzle solve on

I think there's two possible games that fit this description:

The Island of Dr. Brain (which seems like it wasn't available for Mac)
The Secret Island of Dr. Quandary (available for Mac, also the one I played!)

I was awful at this minigame in Dr. Quandary:

IMAGE(http://www.abandonia.com/files/games/25123/Secret%20Island%20of%20Dr.%20Quandary,%20The_8.png)

Dr. Quandry, yeah that is the one. I found it on the internet some years ago but was unplayable. Good times gaming at school. One other was a math space game. You collect math gems that add up to the answer and fueled your ship so you could fly and fight in space.

Given we were playing education games in around the same time period I'm thinking probably this?

Math Blaster

You have just managed to remind me of Reader Rabbit and Operation Neptune.
IMAGE(https://www.mobygames.com/images/shots/l/671429-reader-rabbit-atari-8-bit-screenshot-sorter-choose-correct.png)

IMAGE(https://www.mobygames.com/images/shots/l/105641-operation-neptune-dos-screenshot-out-of-your-sub-dispenser.png)

Mine was a DOS game where you roll a criminal character, hire goons, navigate a city hub then play a Sokoban-style game to make off with stolen goods. If you get caught, you have a turn-based shootout with the police. All the joy of playing a criminal boss years before GTA.

After doing some googling and hunting on Youtube, I discovered it was Peter Steffen's Crime Fighter:

Gremlin wrote:

You remembered right: it was one of the killer apps to show off CD-ROMs.

It was no Mad Dog McCree. I believe that one came with my first CD-ROM (it was free for a reason). Oh the days of FMV.

I vaguely remember a game from the 80s, not sure the system (intelavision?). You were hunting a monster. I remember you could shoot arrows in the Cardinal directions to try to kill the monster. The most clear memory I have was that every time you died it played the funeral march. That's about all I remember. Anyone know what game that was?

Demyx wrote:
Hobear wrote:
Demyx wrote:
Hobear wrote:

I recall some game from back I the apple early education games. One was a doctor that took you to an island you had to puzzle solve on

I think there's two possible games that fit this description:

The Island of Dr. Brain (which seems like it wasn't available for Mac)
The Secret Island of Dr. Quandary (available for Mac, also the one I played!)

I was awful at this minigame in Dr. Quandary:

IMAGE(http://www.abandonia.com/files/games/25123/Secret%20Island%20of%20Dr.%20Quandary,%20The_8.png)

Dr. Quandry, yeah that is the one. I found it on the internet some years ago but was unplayable. Good times gaming at school. One other was a math space game. You collect math gems that add up to the answer and fueled your ship so you could fly and fight in space.

Given we were playing education games in around the same time period I'm thinking probably this?

Math Blaster

Math Blaster it was!

I remembered one little detail of my mystery game that cracked it open - the advancement of ranks on completing levels from dwarf (?) to serf to knight and beyond. Turns out it was:

Dragons: A Challenge in Chivalry
IMAGE(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-7ednTYfApxo/UQ-F1uu2EhI/AAAAAAAAbwg/1PpUFoSMdJo/s400/dragons.jpg)

What a weird little game.

TV's Frank wrote:

I vaguely remember a game from the 80s, not sure the system (intelavision?). You were hunting a monster. I remember you could shoot arrows in the Cardinal directions to try to kill the monster. The most clear memory I have was that every time you died it played the funeral march. That's about all I remember. Anyone know what game that was?

Hunt the Wumpus?

Dr_Awkward wrote:
TV's Frank wrote:

I vaguely remember a game from the 80s, not sure the system (intelavision?). You were hunting a monster. I remember you could shoot arrows in the Cardinal directions to try to kill the monster. The most clear memory I have was that every time you died it played the funeral march. That's about all I remember. Anyone know what game that was?

Hunt the Wumpus?

Oh this is totally it! Watched some gameplay footage from the TI99 version and it is exactly what I remembered. Thanks.

Let's see if someone can help me identify this game. It was a game I played a few times in an arcade cabinet back in the summer of 1990 or 1991 (might have been 1992). All I remember is that on the first level (I think) the main character flew on a cloud, à la Journey to the West. That said, I think the game was more of an action/shooter than a shmup, but everything is so hazy in my memory that I can't even trust that.

Does anyone have any idea what this game was?

Gremlin wrote:

You can also check the CRPG Book Project screenshot archive, which has screenshots from 400 CRPGs. Might be easier to jog your memory that way.

Took a look through this and nothing really seemed to stick. It could have been Realms of Arkania as it looks somewhat familiar, but I do not remember having tactical combat. I feel like it stayed in that Might and Magic perspective except when it went out to the world map which I remember having a very painterly feel. I know you selected travel points or routes by clicking on the world map, and it would show a line drawing your route to the place and I think random encounters were possible.

Thanks for all the help!

Mario_Alba wrote:

Does anyone have any idea what this game was?

Cloud Master?

Malkroth wrote:
Gremlin wrote:

You can also check the CRPG Book Project screenshot archive, which has screenshots from 400 CRPGs. Might be easier to jog your memory that way.

Took a look through this and nothing really seemed to stick. It could have been Realms of Arkania as it looks somewhat familiar, but I do not remember having tactical combat. I feel like it stayed in that Might and Magic perspective except when it went out to the world map which I remember having a very painterly feel. I know you selected travel points or routes by clicking on the world map, and it would show a line drawing your route to the place and I think random encounters were possible.

Thanks for all the help!

Maybe Betrayal at krondor? Or even the first Elder Scrolls?

fangblackbone wrote:
Mario_Alba wrote:

Does anyone have any idea what this game was?

Cloud Master?

Hmmm... no, it wasn't Cloud Master. This one was a vertical scroller, now that I think about it.

An text-adventure (with pictures) set in a parody of Mr Rogers Neighboorhood?

A Commodore 64 game where you decorated a few houses? And one of them was haunted? Only a few pieces of the furniture animated if you touched them.

jrralls wrote:

A Commodore 64 game where you decorated a few houses? And one of them was haunted? Only a few pieces of the furniture animated if you touched them.

I've played a lot of C64 games, but never this one. Any more clues?

jrralls wrote:

A Commodore 64 game where you decorated a few houses? And one of them was haunted? Only a few pieces of the furniture animated if you touched them.

Dream House?

Dream House was awesome!

Vega wrote:
jrralls wrote:

A Commodore 64 game where you decorated a few houses? And one of them was haunted? Only a few pieces of the furniture animated if you touched them.

Dream House?

Boom! And just like that 30 years of haze departs! That is exactly it, thanks!