Here are the games in no particular order:
- Zork -- This was an all text adventure game with some of the snarkiest writing ever. You had to type in commands in short phrases like "hit grue" and "get rock." I loved typing in swear words and inappropriate suggestions, although I can't remember if they actually generated any results.
- Dallas Quest -- This was another adventure game based on the hit nighttime soap opera, Dallas. When my uncle passed it on to me, it had a sticky note message that said "When you see the snake, say tickle chin." The mysterious message got me hooked on the game because I kept waiting for the snake to appear. (And it's not what you're thinking...perverts!)
- Adventureland, Pirate Adventure, The Count -- I was all about the adventure games and these early ones were awesome!
Adventureland was the first game I ever solved. (OK - I cheated. When I went to Waldenbooks, I'd look up the steps in a big book of adventure game answers.)
The Count was also very memorable to me. In the game, you had to take no-doze pills because if you fell asleep, the Count would drink your blood. I found those pills so fascinating, I added them to a short story I wrote in the 5th grade. Sadly, the teacher made me take the pills out because she said I was promoting recreational drug use and Nancy Reagan wouldn't like that. I also remember overhearing one of my teachers talking about The Count so I felt intellectually advanced to be playing the same game.
- M.U.L.E. -- This was an economic strategy game set on the planet Irata. I played it with my dad all the time. We LOVED it. I was just looking it up now to see if it's available in a different format. (It's not.) But I just learned that Irata spells Atari backwards. I never noticed that when I was playing the game. Now I feel significantly LESS intellectually advanced.
Lay it on me! Did anyone else play these games? Or remember old school favorites? I can't be the only uber-nerd!