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The Secret Island of Dr. Quandary

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Your rating: None Average: 4.5 (8 votes)
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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
Quandary.img_.sit (2.99 MB)
MD5: d36fc8007139458161a186ba2b0c566c
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
Dr_Quandary.sit (3.57 MB)
MD5: dcb1cb23bf1329da00ba3cd0217339a7
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
Dr_Quandary-hybrid_CD.iso_.sit (16.21 MB)
MD5: 0f7a7d262c51bcb655fdb2224b27cd0a
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
This game works with: SheepShaver, Basilisk II,

One of the quirkiest edutainment titles ever made, The Secret Island of Dr. Quandary is a fun educational adventure game for kids ages 8 and up. The plot is a wacky combination of science and superstition: while playing a carnival game at a mysterious circus, you are sucked into a carnival doll by the evil Dr. Quandary. To escape the toy's body, you must beat Dr. Quandary at his own game by solving the myriad of puzzles on his island.

Gameplay is similar to Sierra's classic Castle of Dr. Brain: inventory-based adventure game with educational bent to most puzzles. The quality of the puzzles varies widely, though-- some, such as Acid Test, purely are arcade mini-games with very little "education" content, while others (such as "programming" a frog to get through a gate, and algebra-related puzzles) are very well implemented.
Description source: HOTUD/Secret Island of Dr. Quandary

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by Rick Dangerous - 2020, January 17 - 8:29pm

Wild! Instant memories flooded back when i saw this for the first time in 25 years...Can't wait to give this one a spin again. I remember it being an eerie experience as a child, i think the art style was pretty ahead of it's time.

ScottyD's picture
by ScottyD - 2017, March 13 - 6:02pm

Very cool. Reminds me of being in school in the nineties

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by IIGS_User - 2014, February 4 - 6:57am

As far as I can see, the internal file also holds both b/w and colour.

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by IIGS_User - 2010, July 10 - 9:34am

This is now a Disk Copy 6.3 disk image, stuffed with Stuffit 5.5

Trying to run this game in Mini vMac, the game asks for its b/w graphics file, which must be missed here.

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by Asar00 - 2009, September 22 - 10:21pm

I've looked for this game for YEARS! YEARS! I don't remember how I got the game originally, but I lost it back in...'98 or so. Brings back such a good feeling... Such a diamond in the rough, this one. Kind of a creepy game, too.. especially since I played it as a kid. Once again, MacGardens blesses me with treasures.

j_damage•69's picture
by j_damage•69 - 2009, August 25 - 12:48am

Wow as soon as I saw the screen shot, this game came right back to me. Only played the Demo version at the time though.

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by Euryale - 2009, August 24 - 7:51pm

I tried to open it in the SoftMac emulator (which I use just for Testing new games and Apps)
and after reading your post, I tried in Basilisk with Stuffit 5.5 and it does exactly the same
(doesn't open)

..well, nevermind, I think I'll pass on this one.

toprak's picture
by toprak - 2009, August 24 - 1:57pm

File is not corrupted.

Euryale's picture
by Euryale - 2009, August 24 - 10:20am

when I tried to unstuff it, the Stuff it app suddenly opens and closes but it doesn't do nothin
the file might be corrupted or am I using an incompatible version of Stuff it for this game?
I'm using Stuffit 5.0

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by ImAhNoBoDy - 2009, August 23 - 4:25pm

I think this game was a bit creepy when I was younger. I beat the game several times in the DOS version, but I think I'll beat it again using a mac =). Great game!!