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30-12-2020 (Gunness)

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This oddest of years is drawing to a close. But I'm happy to see that it has been put to good use. Our database lists no less than 67 new games released this year.
Once again, thanks to everybody for keeping the site up and running and new material coming in at a steady pace. I'm grateful for all contributions, be they in front of or behind the scenes.

Contributors: Denk, ahope1, Odd Magne Ogreid, benkid77, iamaran, Alex, boldir, terri, Morningstar, Exemptus, RetroBasic, NickB, Jonathan O, valkyrie17, leenew, PJ-1978, Strident, auraes, adventuron, Gunness, Finn-R, thomasboevith, Duffadash, Csabo

24-11-2020 (Gunness)

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I haven't been around much during the last months, but I'm happy to see the level of activity and very grateful for everybody who helps keeping the operation running. Both in front of and behind the scenes. With large parts of the world in various stages of lockdown, I hope that some retro gaming can help keep your spirits high.

Contributors: Hopalong, stevenjameshodgson, ahope1, benkid77, iamaran, Dorothy, Garry, Exemptus, Gonzo, Alex, Geoff, Bev Truter, Oloturia, Csabo, nimusi, RetroBasic, Canalboy, dfabulich, auraes, jgerrie, jimjamsgames, Sylvester, CCLGamer, Gunness, Alastair, leenew, PJ-1978, Strident, adventuron

10-08-2020 (Alastair)

Update posts might have been tardy of late, but the same can not be said of actual updates - wow!

A thank you to everyone who has contributed to CASA during the past few trying months. (Plus a personal thank you from this not so active admin to the admins who have been putting the work in, I'll try to up my game in the future.)

Contributors: Alex, urbanghost, benkid77, iamaran, Strident, Exemptus, Doreen B, blauroke, Garry, Csabo, Dorothy, PJ-1978, auraes, Gunness, terri, Mousey, Zappa666, MiguelSky, ahope1, fuzzel, RetroBasic, leenew, Paul Ingerson, Canalboy, boldir, devwebcl, Dave Edwards, CCLGamer, Steve Ludlow, Duffadash, adventuron, jdyer, Moitcho, Alastair, Kozelek

07-04-2020 (Gunness)

Here's a much overdue update, posted in the middle of a global crisis which makes anything I have to say at the moment fairly pointless. Possibly many of you have too many other concerns to care a great deal about adventure games right now, but hopefully for some text games will be the perfect way to spend time while a lot of us are forced to stay at home, anyway. I sincerely hope that everybody is safe at the moment. Please take good care of yourselves, whereever you are.

Due to other obligations I have had very little time for CASA as of late, so props to my fellow administrators for keeping things flowing. I've just noticed that we've crossed the 8,000 games threshold. Very impressive!

Contributors: Garry, Mousey, Carlos, Dethmunk, ahope1, Strident, boldir, popocop, Gunness, Exemptus, iamaran, Alex, Moitcho, jgerrie, Csabo, adventuron, farique, RetroBasic, Sylvester, Andre Leao, nimusi, Alastair, Paul Ingerson, Canalboy, webowl, Tinker, Dorothy, Duffadash, Jewwbat

Random Game

Spycatcher

Plot

You have been summoned to MI7 headquarters, popularly known as 'The Zoo' in order to unmask a mole.

The chief of MI7, Sir Arthur Cayley (known to his friends as 'Z') is extremely worried, because the plans for the new Sonic Macrothrodule are believed to have been leaked. They were kept in the safe in his office, and were there yesterday when he came in at 9 a.m.; the safe had been disturbed when he checked it this morning but the plans were still there.

Notes

Originally developed on the "Phoenix" IBM mainframe computer at Cambridge University, England in 1989 under the name Spycatcher. When it was published by Topologika several years later, this was changed to Spy Snatcher, presumably to prevent running into trouble with the authors of the similarly titled, highly controversial book (even though the game predated it), or even MI5 itself.

The BBC version was written but never officially released - it was, however, made available via the EUG.

Ported to Inform using a Perl script written by Graham A Nelson in 1999. Adam J Atkinson assisted with testing and tidying up damage to the original source code. David Kinder updated the Perl script in 2011.

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