- Posted by Johanna on November 8, 2012 at 9:27 pm
- Category: Meta
I don’t know how many of you will know or care what I’m talking about, but I can’t help memorializing this new video game that I frankly thought I’d never see.
Back in 1987, Cliff Johnson released a game for the Macintosh called The Fool’s Errand. Using the framework of a tarot deck, the game combined logic, word, and graphic puzzles. It was like nothing else out there, and one whole Thanksgiving break, I and my friends were all engrossed in it. I also adored his later release, 3 in Three, which postulates a number 3 run amok in the computer’s guts after a freak electric serge knocks her out of her spreadsheet. (You can download those games from his website, but it requires installing an emulator, since they only run in PowerPC Classic Mode.)
Ten years ago, Johnson announced he was working on a sequel, The Fool and His Money. Two weeks ago, it was finally released. I’ve just bought my copy, and I’m looking forward to another gaming Thanksgiving. It’s $39.99, which seems like a lot, but then I realized that I never paid for that original game, so amortized over the years, it seems worth it. Here’s another review, by someone who’s already started playing the new game.