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#480436 - 03/25/09 09:29 AM The Fool's Errand
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Having provided me with hours of fun, I just had to draw attention to this wonderful game. Especially since it's free.

The game came out in the 80's, and it is primarily a puzzle game, but layered and rich enough to be different from just doing plain puzzles.
It is a story loosely based on a Tarot deck, and tells of a wandering Fool looking for 14 treasures. As each step of the way is solved, you get a piece of a map. There are 80 map pieces, and that is a puzzle in itself - to put them in the right order. Once the map is solved, you have to use the clues in it and the story to find the 14 treasures.
The puzzles are varied - crosswords, anagrams decryption, find-aword, jigsaws, etc. There were a few that relied on tracing a path with the mouse, and they require a steady hand. Many of the puzzles come with instructions, but a few don't, so that working out what to do is part of the fun.
I played the game on my XP and followed the instructions from the developer's site. I had to download the emulator, but everything went smoothly. It played in a small window, and without color, but that didn't detract from my enjoyment. There is a glitch at the end when you solve the map, but the developer thoughtfully provided a saved game to allow you to continue.
I suppose you could classify this as a casual game. I played it a few hours here and there over 1 month or so. I have since downloaded the available other 2 games - At The Carnival and 3 in 3. His website announces a sequel to Fool's Errand called The Fool and His Money. I'm not sure how current it is, but I'll be looking forward to it and will gladly purchase it when it's released.
You can find the game here:
The Fool's Errand





Edited by colpet (03/25/09 09:38 AM)

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#480491 - 03/25/09 12:28 PM Re: The Fool's Errand [Re: colpet]
Becky Offline
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I've never even heard of this before! There's so much out there on the web that apparently has escaped my notice. lol

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#480493 - 03/25/09 12:36 PM Re: The Fool's Errand [Re: Becky]
Ascovel Offline
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I remember playing this game very well it was driving me crazy and I needed help several times, but it was a very memorable experience overall.
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#481009 - 03/26/09 03:23 PM Re: The Fool's Errand [Re: Ascovel]
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The Fool and His Money is still in production. From time to time I get an email from the developer because I signed up for his mailing list. I've kind of given up looking forward to it though, because it keeps getting delayed. When it's ready, I'll certainly be interested in buying it. But until then I'm not holding my breath.

I played the DOS version of The Fool's Errand in color on a 486/66 computer. You can see what that looks like at Mobygames
http://www.mobygames.com/game/dos/fools-errand/screenshots

3 in Three was unfortunately never released for PC.

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#481045 - 03/26/09 04:31 PM Re: The Fool's Errand [Re: Jenny100]
colpet Offline
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Quote:
3 in Three was unfortunately never released for PC.

I downloaded 3 in Three with Fool's Errand and At the Carnival.
I played a bit of it, more math type puzzles, or so it seems.
Thanks for the info about a Fool and His Money.


Edited by colpet (03/26/09 04:31 PM)

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#481059 - 03/26/09 04:48 PM Re: The Fool's Errand [Re: colpet]
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Colpet, do you remember where you got 3 in Three?
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#481093 - 03/26/09 05:56 PM Re: The Fool's Errand [Re: looney4labs]
Jenny100 Offline
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It's on the Fool's Errand website, Looney.
You have to play it in an emulator, which is found at the same website.
http://www.thefoolsgold.com/downloads/games-windows.htm

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#481270 - 03/27/09 09:03 AM Re: The Fool's Errand [Re: Jenny100]
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thanks Jenny100 wave
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#482865 - 03/31/09 04:27 AM Re: The Fool's Errand [Re: looney4labs]
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thanks colpet sounds like fun smile

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#498884 - 05/10/09 07:52 PM Re: The Fool's Errand [Re: HeavenlyJoy]
Miranda Offline
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OMG! I remember playing this on my little Mac Plus! One of the first computer games I ever played. Then there was Beyond Dark Castle and Shadowgate! Fool's was fun, and at the time, state of the art.
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