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Looking for help, trying to recall the name of an old /adventure

Hello everyone,

I'm trying now to recall all of the old Mac games I used to play as a child on our old B&W Mac 2, and thought that maybe you guys can help me with finding out the name of one of them.

It was around 1990 or 1991, and not later than 1992 (but it's probably older). The gameplay itself is very similar to the MacVenture games, where you move around and click on objects on the screen to interact with them, and Uninvited's setting especially reminded me of it.

I don't remember anything of the plot/story, just the setting. From what I remember, I think you do start in front of house (a more modern one, not like a mansion in Uninvited), and the only three things I remember for certain are that one of the screens has a collared dove's call sound effect, the second thing is that you can pick up a machine gun somewhere, and the third is that you can go somewhere outside of the house (back yard maybe) and eventually reach a T-Rex. There might also be another screen with a barking dog, but I'm not 100% sure...

I have no idea why I specifically remember only these things though, I know it may sound quite weird too. This really isn't a lot of information, but I was hoping that something might ring a bell. Maybe even just names of games similar to those MacAdventure ones so I could check them out myself.

Thanks in advance

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Deja Vu or Deja Vu II ?

http://macintoshgarden.org/games/deja-vu http://macintoshgarden.org/games/deja-vu-ii-lost-in-las-vegas

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Hmm, thanks for the reply, but I don't think so, from the little I remember I don't think it had this urban/detective setting to it. Also, there's no T-Rex in Deja Vu right?

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Correct, no T-Rex in Deja Vu, it was just a simple hope that it would remind you of something else while I skimmed through the Sierra adventures from the time trying to find something. That T-Rex is the hard bit.
Is it possible that this used a HyperCard interface ? or that it was one of the WorldBuilder games ?
Was it shareware (quality) ? Or was it commercial software quality ? Was it at home ? Or school ?
B&W Mac 2 ? makes me think it might be an LC with B&W screen, or was it a compact 9in screen ?

Apologies for all the Q's, anything you can offer helps the search.

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Oh, no problem with all the Q's, I'm glad to get this much help! Smile

Sorry for the late reply!
From what I remember I don't think it had a HyperCard, it could have been WorldBuilder though. I looked through the ones here but none seemed to be it.
It could've been shareware since it was not on disks, it was definitely either downloaded or came with the computer. About the quality I'm not sure either, I was about 7 years old so everything I remember looked amazing. The only other game we had with that 1st person perspective was Citadel and it seemed comparable from what I remember. And it was at home.

Now that I think about it, there is a small chance it was on a different Apple computer with a colour monitor. I actually called my dad about this, we owned the B&W Mac 2, and then in 1993 or 94 he got another Apple on loan from a university (he said he was not sure it was even a Mac). We had a bunch of games on it, that all either came with the computer or were downloaded from the net, we definitely didn't buy it. The only one that ran in colour though was Digital Messiah, all the rest were B&W.

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Now that you have mentioned Citadel, I suddenly remember playing it, and other:
Theldrow
Might and Magic
Legends of the Lost Realm
Nethergate (the B&W version before the colour version)
even Scarab of Ra.

but still no T.Rex (nor any other dinosaur).

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Sounds like a World Builder game. Nothing came immediately to mind as having all of the things you described, but a skim through the list of World Builder games available here might help:
http://macintoshgarden.org/engine/world-builder

The only one that I haven't played that struck me as a possible match was Swamp Witch:
http://macintoshgarden.org/games/swamp-witch

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Thanks!
I looked through the World Builder games here and none of them seemed to be it, I'll keep looking though!

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Could be Tass Times in Tonetown. I found this because I made the World Builder game Quest for T-Rex, but I know that's not it.