I got a package from China today. That can only mean one thing– I have a new toy related to the Sega Dreamcast video game console (it has only been three total Chinese shipments since 2001, but still, all DC-related). Did you hear that a new Sega Dreamcast game just got released? An independent developer released a full new game in the year 2013 called Sturmwind:
I totally intend to play it sometime, hopefully soon.
A recent trip to my favorite thrift store uncovered a still-wrapped copy of a game called Internet Puzzle Adventure Treasure Hunt:
I’m not sure if I arranged those 5 title words in the right order. It comes from the year 2003 and was published by a company named Lagoon Multimedia. I don’t believe they exist anymore. The URL on the box copy is www.puzzleadventure.com. Yeah, that doesn’t exist anymore, either. However, the Internet Archive has some records of it and it looks like the site did persist until early 2009.
The back of the box copy has 3 steps: 1) Open the box and solve the puzzle inside; 2) find the hidden password; and 3) begin the internet puzzle adventure. Here’s what’s inside:
No CD-ROM. Just puzzle tiles and a manual. I guess that lack of system requirements on the box should have been a tip-off. However, “internet” seems to be an implicit requirement.
Other items, one of which is not yet represented in the database:
- Mia’s Science Adventure: Romaine’s New Hat– long, strange title, but it does advertise itself as a game. 2 CD-ROMs, too. The back copy shows that there are at least 2 other games in the series, including a reading adventure and a math adventure. Companies mentioned include TOPICS Entertainment and Kutoka Interactive.
- Bumper Wars— I just noticed this was developed by Boston Animation, who also did M&M’s The Lost Formulas.
- Africa Trail— I hadn’t heard of this trail game yet.
- Lemmings Revolution— well-known franchise