This is part 2 of my Quest for the Magic Candle. No, I’m not playing through the game like The CRPG Addict, I’m trying to find the game in my Dad’s old C64 stuff.Herein I document some of the rare treasures I unearthed in my quest for The Magic Candle.
Not your typical Commodore 64; It looks more like a C128 to be honest, not sure why this looks different from the rest.
The first joystick I found; Sorry about the bad picture, I didn’t realize how many joysticks there would be, so I didn’t start documenting until the second one. It reminds me of some of those old Atari joysticks, having the button on the base so that it takes two hands to use, instead of one.
The second joystick I found. Not that different from the one I learned with, on my Dad’s second computer, a 386, except a hard handle instead of a foam coated one, and not as nice a button.
You know, C64 stuff had an odd mix of aesthetics. The C64 itself was pretty ugly, but the black and red stripping on this doesn’t look half bad
Just letting you know how much work I had to do to *get* to the C64 stuff. Sorry for the poor picture quality; The light in this part of the basement doesn’t work, so I was working by flashlight.
At this point however, I went to another part of the land known as “The basement” on the idea that the games from Commodorea may have fled to the land of PC-DOS. In PC-DOS I found many treasures:
Sadly due to Tricker’s no-text-adventure rules we won’t get to see him play through this game. Hmmm, Dad probably didn’t want me posting this. Oh well.
Man, isn’t that a boring box on Windows 3.1? I remember that OS. Beneath a Steel Sky is one of the only adventure games I’ve ever made much progress on. I never played this copy, but I remember it was a boot option on our 386.
More treasures found along the way! A couple of Gold Box games in their classic Gold Boxes. I can’t wait to see if these are as good as Pool of Radiance. I guess we are going to have to educate Chet (The Addict) on Dragonlance once he gets to Champions of Krynn.
Another box full of software; Two versions of MS-DOS, Some combat game of my Dad’s, and X Beyond the Final Frontier, a game I bought and never played.
Welp, this all seems to be DOS stuff, I guess the C64 stuff didn’t get mixed in here after all.
And here I left the land of PC-DOS, the lost treasure obviously not having been mixed in here, and returned to the dark land of the Commodore, to delve deeper intos its towering box mountains.
This quest is taking me back this is the model of Commodore 64 I remember from my youth, watching my Dad play Elite on it as I sat on his lap…
And under it, two more Commodore 64s.
And under them a couple more. These things are so easy to pick up off the curb.
Ok, this is getting kinda ridiculous.
Another treasure unearthed in my search! Anyone know what this gadget is? I’m guessing hold punch, but it doesn’t have any way to clean out the paper.
ohhh, 1200 baud modem? Dad told me how much faster this was then his first one; With this one you had to scroll back up when on BBSes; It loaded the text faster then my Dad could read it. Also shown; A magnetic tape drive; those must have been hell to use.
Ah, now here I have found a rare treasure: Might and Magic; One of the highest rated games the CRPG addict has played, still in its lovely box. However, it is not the object of my quest, so I push on.
Man, looks like you could play an audio tape on it. *shudder* Imagine having to load an entire program off this thing!
5 3/4″. You Americans and your silly measurements. I have more storage on my keychain then all the disks in this basement combined.
MY BLOOD FOR THE ADDICT
Hey, this looks kinda cool; Nice box and all. By SSI, who made the gold box games; I hope this is one we get to see Chet play.
Its comingggggg for youuuuu Chetttttt
(This is one of the games the Addict hated the most)
Is it just me or is this box kinda lame? He is flame whipping the lizard I guess? It sure doesn’t look like he is leaving a trail of fire after hitting it.
Another game that CRPG Addict praised, Might and Magic II. Very similar box, I guess they didn’t want to waste money on new art.
Well, here is another game that did not fare very well when Chet played it. I’m surprised at how many of my Dad’s games have shown up on The Addicts blog; I guess there wasn’t much selection, and that he was buying games in the period of time that The Addict has covered.
Elite. Man, this game has an effect on me to this day. I loved the idea of a free roaming space game where you can be anything you want, supporting yourself by trading cargo, bounty hunting or piracy. I’ve looked for modern versions of the game, but not really found anything I like: Most are 2d arcade space games, that I’m just plain no good at. Or really lightweight RPGs. I’d love a complex, detailed modern RPG on the topic. Anyone have suggestions?
At last! The Magic Candle! In the very last box of C64 stuff in the entire basement I spy the game I have been questing for peaking out from under some other things. The goal of my quest is at hand!
And so did my quest for the Magic Candle end, though I still have to show you what treasures I found along with this item of power.