i don't know if anyone out there (other than a couple of friends from college) ever played the circa 1987 or 88 macintosh game called "fool's errand." it was the big thing in my dorm room back in the day. the game was rather simple by today's standards. there was not much sound, the graphics were black and white and very basic. the game was based on the rider-waite tarot deck and it was a series of puzzles--some simple and some not. anyway, i was completely hooked in college as were most of my friends. one by one, we all made it through to the solution.
later, around my senior year, the same game designer came out with another harder puzzle game called "3 in three." we all started playing that too, but somehow it wasn't quite as captivating as "fool's errand." i never quite got around to finishing "3 in three." i think the original floppies are still sitting in this box of college shit that i haven't looked through in over a decade.
i hadn't thought about either of those games for a while. that is, until cathy mentioned that cliff johnson (the "fool" and "3" game designer) has a web site that lets you download the original "fool's errand", "3 in three" and another game that i never heard of called "the puzzle gallery." cliff is apparently working on a sequel to "fool's errand" called "the fool and his money". it comes out in april 2006.
anyway, i downloaded "fool's errand" the other day and fired it up on my mac. it was like going back in time. it's exactly the same as it was in the days of yore (simple black and white graphics and all). playing it is like having flashbacks to my college days. i wonder if anyone else will see as much charm in these games as i do or if the appeal is all nostalgia.
ah, who cares. it's bringing back memories from me. now, if only i can remember the solution to some of these puzzles...