Michael Berlyn

Cutthroats

Cutthroats

Commodore 64 - Released - 1984

You live on a small seaport island called Hardscrabble -- hardly the hip place to be. Working as a professional scuba diver, you have the chance to salvage a sunken treasure from one of four shipwrecks, earn the respect of all the old farts and become wealthy beyond all imagination.

Cutthroats

Cutthroats

Atari 800 - Released - 1984

The game takes place in and around the fictional Hardscrabble Island, a struggling seaport village. The player protagonist is a diver who is given a map of two undiscovered shipwrecks. Various characters about the port help or hinder the player in their quest to retrieve treasure from the shipwrecks. The game randomly picks between two possible ships the objective of the adventure at run time. In addition to this unique characteristic, many of the characters in the game move about the map with a specific schedule, causing replays to vary based on what time other characters or situations...

Infidel

Infidel

Commodore 64 - Released - 1983

You've been marooned by your crew in the vast wasteland of the Egyptian Desert. The burning heat causes you to think you are a brave explorer of fortune, but you have already been branded an Infidel. You are more likely to starve to death than finding the gold and riches that are hidden in the pyramids. Difficulty Level: Advanced

Infidel

Infidel

Atari 800 - Released - 1983

You've been marooned by your crew in the vast wasteland of the Egyptian Desert. The burning heat causes you to think you are a brave explorer of fortune, but you have already been branded an Infidel. You are more likely to starve to death than finding the gold and riches that are hidden in the pyramids. Difficulty Level: Advanced

Oo-Topos

Oo-Topos

Commodore 64 - Released - 1986

While transporting a load of precious cargo for your homeworld of Earth, hostile aliens cause your ship to crash land on the planet of Oo-Topos and take you captive. Your goal is to bust out of prison, reclaim the ship's cargo, and perform the impromptu ships repairs necessary to get off the alien planet. Oo-Topos is interactive fiction with optional graphics to illustrate the proceedings.

Suspended: A Cryogenic Nightmare

Suspended: A Cryogenic Nightmare

ZiNc - Released - February 22, 1983

They said you would sleep for half a millennium -- not an unreasonable length of time, considering you'd be in limited cryogenic suspension. Your body would rest frozen at the planet's nerve center, an underground complex 20 miles beneath the surface. Your brain, they told you, would be wired to a network of computers; your mind would continue to operate at a minimal level, overseeing maintenance of surface-side equilibrium. And you would not awake, so they promised, until your 500 years had elapsed -- barring, of course, the most dire emergency. Then, and only then, you would be awakened...

Zork: The Undiscovered Underground

Zork: The Undiscovered Underground

Commodore 128 - Released - August 28, 1987

This was a free game released by Activision to celebrate and promote their newest game, at the time, Zork: Grand Inquisitor. It is a text only adventure done in the style on the original Zork games. The year in 1066. You're a private, 7th class, in the Inquisition Guard. After getting relieved of your post at the Port Foozle Inquisition Gift Kiosk, you see the Pastor of Disaster, the Minister of Sinister, the Grand Inquisitor. It looks like he has a job for you. Yes, you. After asking about other, ANY other, guards to go instead, you have your orders. Sigh. Very well. Archaeologists have...

Zork: The Undiscovered Underground

Zork: The Undiscovered Underground

Commodore 64 - Released - August 28, 1997

This was a free game released by Activision to celebrate and promote their newest game, at the time, Zork: Grand Inquisitor. It is a text only adventure done in the style on the original Zork games. The year in 1066. You're a private, 7th class, in the Inquisition Guard. After getting relieved of your post at the Port Foozle Inquisition Gift Kiosk, you see the Pastor of Disaster, the Minister of Sinister, the Grand Inquisitor. It looks like he has a job for you. Yes, you. After asking about other, ANY other, guards to go instead, you have your orders. Sigh. Very well. Archaeologists have...

Zork: The Undiscovered Underground

Windows - Released - August 28, 1997

This was a free game released by Activision to celebrate and promote their newest game, at the time, Zork: Grand Inquisitor. It is a text only adventure done in the style on the original Zork games. The year in 1066. You're a private, 7th class, in the Inquisition Guard. After getting relieved of your post at the Port Foozle Inquisition Gift Kiosk, you see the Pastor of Disaster, the Minister of Sinister, the Grand Inquisitor. It looks like he has a job for you. Yes, you. After asking about other, ANY other, guards to go instead, you have your orders. Sigh. Very well. Archaeologists have...

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