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    Tentro, an NPC from the adventure game Altered Destiny (1990) by Accolade. One Friday afternoon, the player character P.J. Barrett gets the wrong TV from the repair shop, and gets sucked into another dimension where he has to save their planet. It feels very reminiscent of Space Quest, but in a good way.

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      Originally posted by Bill-kun View Post
      My only guess is Mystery House, but given that dinosaur, I highly doubt I'm right.
      good guess! it’s from “History Mystery” for the Apple IIe. It came with an educational magazine from Scholastic called Microzine. This particular issue also came with a simple spreadsheet program and some activities to teach kids how to use spreadsheets. My school had an Apple lab donated by Apple and a subscription to this magazine. Pretty cool for 1986 huh?
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        By the way, I still have the original floppy from this issue!


          Originally posted by Bill-kun View Post
          My only guess is Mystery House, but given that dinosaur, I highly doubt I'm right.

          Here's a screenshot from Orion Burger (1996) developed by Sanctuary Woods and published by Eidos Interactive for the IBM-PC and Macintosh. Released only in Germany, France, and the United Kingdom. Included voice acting by professional voice actors!

          I've never heard of this until now, but now I am very intrigued! This reviewer says, a tragically overlooked game that manages to get everything right. It tells the story of Wilbur Wafflemeier, a young man randomly selected to test whether human beings are intelligent life. If he fails the tests, humanity will be harvested and turned into fast food Orion Burgers by an evil intergalactic conglomerate." He compares the animation and feel of the game to the highly praised animated feature The Iron Giant.


          When I saw your screenshot it looked very familiar to me. There is a little diner called "Nifty Fiftys" in Port Townsend, WA that could be its real life double.

          Last edited by liqmat; June 1, 2021, 09:47 AM.


            That’s incredible and seems unlikely to be a coincidence. Wonder if the writers had been there.


              Originally posted by thenzero View Post
              That’s incredible and seems unlikely to be a coincidence. Wonder if the writers had been there.
              I know, right? I've been to a lot of diners across the U.S. and that screenshot immediately reminded of that one diner.