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Looking for an old game of mine from my childhood!
« on: June 06, 2013, 07:11:47 PM »
I've been trying to figure out for the past few years what a certain game is called that I used to play as a little girl on the computer.

Does anyone know the title?

Here's what I remember:

It was for Windows (98, I think?), not DOS (I didn't even really know what DOS was up until I discovered Sierra two years ago!).

It was a Fantasy Puzzle game.

It had pretty good graphics for its time (very 90s cartoony).

It starred a Knight in Shining Armor (no, not my usernamesake), whose name I have forgotten sadly. I think you had to rescue a Princess (which makes sense given the Knight's occupation, and it was the Jester who had her.

There were a bunch of rooms in the castle, each leading to a different area with a different minigame puzzle. The only ones that I remember, are the Kitchen, which I think had like a matching puzzle or hidden object puzzle? and the Garden, which had... oh boy, a Chess puzzle! Yeah, that's a GREAT puzzle to put in a game I was playing when I was 5-6 years old who it usually took months to complete ANY game at all!

The Jester was obviously the villain, and what creeped me out back then (although I think it's cool now!) is that every time he would appear in a room, his happy-go-lucky theme music would play and he'd dance around and generally annoy/creep out the Knight before leaving for another room.

The CD box had a castle on it.

I never completed the game.

I don't believe there was much-if any- dialogue other than instructions.
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I want to find this game again, as I want to see how it ends and relive my childhood!

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Re: Looking for an old game of mine from my childhood!
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2013, 08:21:33 AM »
It's not the first Kyrandia game is it?  Malcolm the Jester was the villain in that.  The rest of your description doesn't sound quite right for that though.  From your description, the game seems very familiar.  Now I'm curious, too.

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« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2013, 09:13:25 AM »
Could it have been one of the following:

Adventure at Chataeu d'Or -- http://www.mrbillsadventureland.com/reviews/c-d/chateaudorR/chateaudorR.htm

Hodj-Podj -- http://www.mobygames.com/game/hodj-n-podj

I hope you find out what the title was. This is going to bug me until you find out what it was.

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Re: Looking for an old game of mine from my childhood!
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2013, 09:18:40 AM »
No, it's neither of those.

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Re: Looking for an old game of mine from my childhood!
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2013, 09:38:22 AM »

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« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2013, 10:16:27 AM »
Nonono! It's a Fantasy, not alien sci-fi!

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Re: Looking for an old game of mine from my childhood!
« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2013, 02:20:02 PM »
I Google Image searched "evil jester" but all that came up was Halloween costumes and deviantART pictures. Then I searched for "old game evil jester" but that turned up a guy dressed as a jester playing on a computer. Also, a picture of Harley Quinn from Arkham Asylum, which is definitely NOT an old game. Well, good luck with that.
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Re: Looking for an old game of mine from my childhood!
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2013, 01:28:55 AM »
Unfortunately the information is just to vague to get anything on it.

I certainly looked through lists of kids games and puzzle games.

Can you remember any other TINY details about it?

For example what were the graphics like?

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« Reply #9 on: June 11, 2013, 01:18:06 PM »
Just as an aside, I started playing chess when I was 5-6, so that's not really terribly uncommon.  Certainly you wouldn't be expected to master the game at that point, but at least knowing how to play is not all that strange.  Also, it wouldn't be unexpected in a puzzle game unless the game was specifically geared towards small children.  So, I ask--was the game specifically geared towards small children?  That'd narrow the search quite a bit, I'd imagine.

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« Reply #10 on: June 11, 2013, 06:28:59 PM »
I'll confess that I'm now rather curious as to what this game was. I've tried my hand at searching, even hunting around MobyGames, but haven't found anything that looked likely.

I have two questions: First, in roughly what range of years do you recall playing the game? That might help to narrow our searches. Second, if you don't get an answer, do you mind if I repost your question on another forum? As I said, I'm curious as to what game this was, and hope that widening the pool of minds considering it might help.

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« Reply #11 on: June 11, 2013, 06:36:18 PM »
@bt Nope. Sorry.

@Lamb I think it WAS made for little kids, but again, I'm not so sure. And, even now, I still don't know how to play Chess (nor Poker for that matter), and unless I'm playing an Adventure Game like GK3 or PQ1, I don't frankly care to learn either.

@Thaumaturge 1. Around like, 5 or so. I can remember that I found the disc a few years later (when I was around...9? 10?) when we'd gotten my Windows XP computer (which served me quite well for a great number of years!) and I attempted to install it and play it again.

It did not work to my annoyance.

Then I lost it again (probably in our move to Texas) and never found it. And yet, I've still my discs of other games such as Where In Time Is Carmen Sandiego? (which I LOVED even though I never finished it!) around, even that doesn't work anymore either.

2. Sure! Go ahead!

Actually, you know what I just realised? I thought that my Adventure Game kick began with KQ, but actually it started with the Carmen Sandiego games! They were point-and-click Adventure Games with puzzles and everything!

@Neonivek The graphics? Rather cartoony IIRC. The box art had a castle on it.
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Re: Looking for an old game of mine from my childhood!
« Reply #12 on: June 11, 2013, 06:44:14 PM »
*checks her age in her profile* That makes it about fifteen years ago, and thus somewhere around 1998.

I'll hopefully post about it on another forum a little later, and respond here if I get a useful response there, then. ^_^

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Re: Looking for an old game of mine from my childhood!
« Reply #13 on: June 12, 2013, 07:50:53 PM »
Why am I not surprised you have no interest in learning how to play chess?

Don't worry, heh, there's a Let's Play of it on You Tube!


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Re: Looking for an old game of mine from my childhood!
« Reply #14 on: June 12, 2013, 08:24:13 PM »
And I have no interest in learning checkers or pinnacle or more than a passing knowledge of poker--it happens.

Oh, and I also watch a lot of LPs of games I'll probably never buy. Time & money, they ain't in large supply sometimes. It happens.

People are of varying means and interests, it's crazy, but true!

Back on topic: I don't have suggestions, I'm afraid. Only games with jesters I can think of are also Kyrandia. And this game that can packaged with Encarta where you wander through a castle maze answering trivia questions that I got really into, and I think some rooms had this jester character passing through. But I'm pretty sure that's not what you mean either. :)

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« Reply #15 on: June 13, 2013, 10:03:00 AM »
Funnily enough, that's the suggestion that I bring from the other forum, I believe: Encarta Encyclopedia's Mind Maze.

Likewise, I doubt that it's the game, but it's worth checking, I believe.

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« Reply #16 on: June 13, 2013, 11:10:11 AM »
Mind Maze! That's it! Heh, you'd think I'd remember a name that simple, huh? :P

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Re: Looking for an old game of mine from my childhood!
« Reply #17 on: June 13, 2013, 12:24:11 PM »
Mind Maze! That's it! Heh, you'd think I'd remember a name that simple, huh? :P

Actually, I just looked that game up, and I'm almost certain that's the game GrahamRocks was describing.  I think we've figured it out, people!  Now to await confirmation.  :)

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« Reply #18 on: June 13, 2013, 01:34:07 PM »
Hmm. I was thinking it wasn't because it didn't have 'characters' exactly, but, GR, does this look familiar?


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« Reply #19 on: June 13, 2013, 01:45:59 PM »
I see a few potential problems with it being Mind Maze: I'm not sure that Mind Maze had chess problems -- I think that it was trivia only -- that it was ever released in a box separate from Encarta, and thus that it had box art, or that it had a "main character" beyond "you".

Nevertheless, we'll see what GrahamRocks says.
 

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