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Tass Times in Tonetown

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MD5: 79de2e7c542fc0655ae6e81f29c0aeda
For System 1 - 5
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de (7.10 MB)
MD5: 3a7f8ac7bdfe0cb56e7c26dc11acf47b
For System 1 - 5
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
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"Your grandfather has invented a device which makes real everything he can see in his dream. All the strange places and creatures he can dream about really exist in an alternate reality. One of those creatures, named Franklin Snarl, traveled through the device to our reality and kidnapped Gramps, teleporting him into the crazy world of Tonetown. He hopes that Gramps will always remain asleep, which assures Snarl's own existence!

Now it's up to you, the hero of the game, to travel to the alternate dimension of Tonetown and to rescue your grandfather. You interact with the environment by either typing in commands, or choosing one of the action icons available as interface. The game, therefore, combines text-based interaction with the more modern 'point and click' approach."

DL #1 is a functional disk image of the game.
DL #2 is a nonfunctional image of a copy-protected disk, plus scans of the documentation.

Architecture: 68k


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by ClockWyzass - 2020, December 14 - 5:36am

Mange takk for the hacked version, whoever provided it.

This isn’t one of the longest or greatest image/text adventures games ever made, but it’s definitely one of the most original, and VERY 80s. If you love this type of game, don’t pass this one by without playing it. The Mac version is B&W only, so the graphics are a bit stale, but the drawings are pretty good and there’s even some minor animations. (The IBM PC, Apple II, and Commodore 64 color graphics are also pretty lame, but the Amiga, Apple IIgs, and Atari versions are very well-drawn and colored.)

Overall, the scale of this game is small enough that most players could probably figure out how to get around and solve nearly everything through determined trial and error; however, like most adventure games, there’re some really hard-to-guess solutions to the “puzzles” in this game. The download includes a map and walkthrough in case you get stuck.

Also, keep your expectations somewhat low regarding the gameplay and interface mechanics. There’s a fair amount of unintentional complications with the inventory handling, shortcut buttons, and text-command wordings. All of the flaws aside, enjoy the uniqueness of the game design, don’t waste too much time trying to outthink the game designers, and consider trying one of the better color versions (that are NOT available for the Mac).

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by jkheiser - 2020, November 14 - 6:57am

I just finished playing Tass Times tonight. The hacked copy is completely functional.

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by jkheiser - 2020, November 1 - 5:57pm

Utterly outstanding work done here to defeat the copy protection! A cursory comparison between MCP’s original image and the hacked image reveal substantial modifications. I’m very curious to know how this feat was performed.

I’m going to play through the game and verify end-to-end functionality. The game commands will be getting typed with my fingers crossed; I have been waiting 34 years to play Tass Times in Tonetown on the Macintosh.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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by jkheiser - 2019, May 18 - 7:40am

tjlazer and MCP: Would either of you be willing to lend me your copies of Tass Times so I can image it with an Applesauce FDC? The flux-based images it creates can preserve copy-protected software with the greatest fidelity. Other Applesauce users will be able to produce their own playable copies and future emulators will likely work with these images. My copy of Tass Times is damaged, alas, and does not yield a usable image.

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by tjlazer - 2018, April 8 - 10:25am

Sorry for the delay, yes my disk runs great, even on my Mac SE/30.

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by jkheiser - 2014, December 4 - 6:04pm

I finally acquired my own copy of Tass Times in Tonetown on eBay earlier this year, too. I tried to run it on my 4-megabyte Mac Plus, but it it spits out the disk with this modal prompt: "Please place your original disk in your drive and reboot the system." The disk must be damaged somewhere, triggering the copy protection scheme. So infuriating. Were either of you (tjlazer, MCP) able to get your disk of the game to successfully run on original hardware?

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by tjlazer - 2014, June 6 - 5:39am

Finally! I just got a copy of it on eBay! It was listed with no mention of what platform it was for, so I emailed the seller and he said Macintosh. Got it for $10! Wish I could copy it! Tried to copy the file "ad" from the cracked Mindshadow archive, but it hangs on the title screen!

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by MCP - 2012, September 24 - 10:21pm

The seller didn't list it as being for Macintosh! I just had a general saved search for "Tass Times in Tonetown" and squinted at the blurry photo and realized it was for Macintosh.

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by jkheiser - 2012, September 24 - 10:17pm

I found the auction you won. It flew under my radar because my saved searches on eBay were too specific.

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by MCP - 2012, September 24 - 10:11pm

Found it on eBay, still in the shrinkwrap. Thankfully its documents are the same as other versions, so I didn't have to scan much. Hopefully something can be done with it...

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by jkheiser - 2012, September 24 - 8:48pm

Yes! Another tremendous find by MCP! Where did this turn up? Now only one more Interplay adventure needs to be found: Borrowed Time!

When I located Interplay's Mindshadow last year, I struggled to create a working disk image; all my imaging tools hanged on an invisible file named eSRN. In the end, I copied each file (except eSRN) individually over to a blank MFS disk image. Daxeria applied a famous hack (change 2F10 4217 205F 4E90 to 203C 99C4 5501 4E71 with Fedit) and defeated the copy protection, making the game playable. This hack works on many games, but apparently not Tass Times; I looked for this hexadecimal string on your disk image but could not find it. We're going to need a ninja like yoyomac to crack this nut.