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21-12-2016 (Gunness)

The 17th year at the flashy CASA offices is drawing to a close. It's been a good year for the site, thanks to the ongoing efforts of so many people around the globe. I know that we've mainly focused on the classic era in the past (1984 remains our top-ranking year with 657 entries)- still I'm happy to report that our coverage of the newer games has improved a great deal, too.
There's still a lot of ground to cover, but fresh in are two December releases to cap off 2016. The first, The Darkness of Raven Wood, is a brand new BBC fantasy game.
And the second - if you'll excuse a bit of flag-waving on my part, I'm immensely pleased to announce the first Danish text adventure in nearly 30 years, På Loftet Sidder Nissen. I know the author, Thomas Bøvith, has put in a lot of work translating Inform to Danish, so here's hoping for more games to appear. I won't be reviewing it as I spent quite some time beta-testing it, but if you can read the language, it's well worth your time. And since it's Christmas themed, it should help you get into the right Yule mood. Incidentally I've added a genre tag for games with a seasonal theme.

Happy holidays, everybody, and a huge thank you to each and everybody who helped out this year - contributors, co-editors and other great people!

Contributors: Garry, Gunness, devwebcl, dcruze, Alex, jgerrie, terri, auraes, Sudders, impomatic, dakidski, Dorothy, Dethmunk

11-11-2016 (Gunness)

This update sees a continuation of the stream of SpeedIF titles (no, I hadn't heard of DinoComp before, either), but there are also new, 2016 releases such as Spy - A QL Adventure for the...wait for it... QL!

Contributors: Sylvester, Garry, Doreen B, Sudders, iamaran, ahope1, Gunness, GusBrasil, impomatic, Mark, Alex, Dorothy, DannieGeeko, rwap

12-09-2016 (Gunness)

Apart from adding a number of games from the various Speed IF comps (thanks, Garry), ChickenMan just pointed me towards a new, lengthy podcast from TRS-80 Trash Talk with none other than Scott Adams. The podcast goes into a lot of detail about Scott's career and the inspiration for his various games. Well worth a listen! The bit featuring him starts around the 42:40 mark.

Contributors: Garry, Sylvester, ahope1, Sudders, Zuperfaust, terri, Doreen B, Alastair, iamaran, Dorothy, Vaxalon, pippa, Gunness

03-08-2016 (Gunness)

Our reviews section has led a quiet, unassuming life for a long time, but I'm happy to report that it's finally gotten some much-deserved attention. The last two months have seen no less than 19 new reviews, including one for Return to Earth. I hope you'll find some inspiration here, and by all means feel free to submit your own reviews! A particular thank you to Sudders and Zuperfaust for bringing this section to life.
I've also conducted a brief interview with Richard Alexander, who was a prolific publisher for the Sinclair QL. Do give it a read.

Contributors: Garry, Zuperfaust, terri, Sylvester, Sudders, jgerrie, Porkbelly, Gunness, Alex

29-06-2016 (Gunness)

Nearly two years after we crossed the 6,000 games threshold, we've reached yet another milestone. The 7,000th game in the database was added today (psssst - it's a Jack the Ripper game)! I would never, ever have thought that the world of adventure games was so widespread. Very impressive. And there seems to be no end to the row of games (IFDb lists 8,078 games so there's one goal to set your sights on).
There's plenty more in the pipeline, but some of us have to go on holiday once in a while, so with apologies for leaving your material hanging, I'll bid you a fine summer (or winter, all depending). Thanks for keeping us alive and kicking!

Contributors: Zuperfaust, Garry, Gunness, Sylvester, Alex, Sudders, rwap, jgerrie

09-06-2016 (Gunness)

Among a plethora of new games you'll also find a number of new reviews, by Garry and Sudders. I want to give a nod to both Treasure of Middle Earth (which appears to be a lazy bug fest and has zip to do with a certain fantasy novel) as well as The Sealed City, which at least has a terrific title screen. Yes, I'm a sucker for those! Read on and hopefully be inspired.

Contributors: Garry, Dom, Sudders, Sylvester, jgerrie, stevenjameshodgson, gamingafter40, terri, iamaran, ChickenMan, Gunness, therealdavetaylor, Alex

06-04-2016 (Gunness)

Ever felt like being a shark, munching on innocent beach visitors? With 2013's Jaws: The Text Adventure, you can. It's a homage to/parody of the Spielberg blockbuster, browser based but looking like a Spectrum game. A fun, little game which should only gobble up 15 to 20 minutes of your time.
Particular thanks to Garry for his large no. of contributions, and to Sudders for his work on the Jaws files :)

Contributors: Richard Bos, Garry, jgerrie, Ger K, Gunness, Sudders, fgerbig, impomatic, Alex, terri, Alastair, dave

24-02-2016 (Gunness)

I'm always pleased to see more reviews, as they're an invaluable assistance when it comes to picking and choosing between the nearly 7,000 games in the database. Recently, our user Sudders has been highly active on this front, and you'll find his latest reviews right here.
I'd also like to thank Mousey for his work on adding new Zenobi games for the Atari ST. Much appreciated!

Contributors: Sudders, impomatic, Sylvester, Mousey, Gunness, Alex, ahope1, Alastair

18-01-2016 (Gunness)

Not a lot to report today, so without further ado, here are the latest additions, with particular thanks to Garry for his steady stream of material.

Contributors: Garry, Alex, Gunness

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Midsummer Day's Dream, A


You are sitting on a grassy bank alongside a small stream trying to come up with a new idea for an adventure when a small red dragon about a foot high, scuttles past through the long grass. It peers anxiously at a cheap Japanese digital wrist-watch and mumbles something about being late for a Convention. As you've had no luck with a new idea for your adventure, you decide to follow it. The dragon coughs quietly to itself and sets fire to the field in the process, then it sets off in the direction of the woods.


As well as selling a PAWed disk version, WoW Software produced a GAC version of this game for Amstrad by splitting the PAW version into four parts, with the first two parts being sold as 'Pirate Problems - A Midsummer Day's Dream Pt.1' and the final two as 'Wonderland - A Midsummer Day's Dream Pt.2'.

A later PC conversion of the game was produced using ACE.

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