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Gadget: Invention, Travel, & Adventure (ガジェット)

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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de (337.45 MB)
MD5: b6fd0a42695ed09bf879817673f36ac5
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de (339.54 MB)
MD5: 44bf1083780e4fbe752330cfd0fd9df6
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
Gadget_94_MiniOST-FLAC.ZIP (111.85 MB)
MD5: d5b0bf2345d159fecf11e37fbf09e236
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
MD5: 947224317dcad30e957217fc68538216
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
This game works with: Basilisk II,

"Gadget: Invention, Travel, & Adventure (ガジェット) (or Gadget: Past as Future) is a videogame or interactive movie, first released by Synergy Interactive in 1993."


  1. English version in toast/iso format for Mac.
  2. Japanese original version (1993-11-28) in iso format for Mac.
  3. Mini Soundtrack CD shipped with original disc in FLAC format.
  4. Promo disc entitled Demonstration GADGET.

"Gadget resembles a point-and-click adventure game similar to Myst, but with a strictly linear storyline culminating in a fixed finale. Thus it tends to be classified more as an interactive movie rather than a videogame. The story centers around a future dominated by retro technology from the 1920s and 1930s, especially streamlined locomotives and flying machines.

The game was originally released on 1 CD in 1993 by Synergy Interactive. A special edition of the game, Gadget: Past as Future, was later released on 4 CD in 1998 by Cryo Interactive. A companion volume of additional art and background plot material, Inside Out with Gadget, was also available."

"The game's plot takes place in an unspecified (albeit vaguely Eastern European) nation headed by the dictator Orlovsky. The protagonist is a government agent tasked with discovering the whereabouts of a missing scientist named Horselover Frost. He begins his quest in a third-floor room of a luxury hotel (which is in fact the headquarters of the government's intelligence arm). After collecting his belongings in a suitcase, the protagonist takes an elevator ride to the lobby, during which a boy replaces the case with another identical one containing various spy-related paraphernalia. In the lobby, the government's intelligence chief briefs the protagonist on his mission. The protagonist then moves to the central railway station. From this point on all the events of the story take place on trains or at the various stations (which include the national science institute) along the nation's main rail line. The player must engage in scripted conversations with various individuals, each of whom reveals pieces of information that advance the protagonist in his quest."

From the manual: "GADGET is the recipient of the Multimedia Grand Prix MITI Minister's Prize for 1993."

An iOS version of Gadget: Past as Future is now available.

Also see these other works by Haruhiko Shono: Alice - An Interactive Museum, L-ZONE
Also from Synergy Interactive: Four-Sight

Architecture: 68k PPC

Minimum requirements: Mac OS 7, QuickTime 1.6.1, 33 MHz 68LC040, 8 MB RAM, 640x480 Display.


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by beanstalk - 2021, February 24 - 4:50pm

Added the rare demo version.

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by MCP - 2011, April 11 - 4:30pm

Found the link above but the third segment is missing. It's listed as hybrid but I won't know for sure unless that 3rd part shows up somewhere.

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by SwedeBear - 2010, June 13 - 2:48pm

The remake was a Mac/Win hybrid version on 2 CD-ROMs, enhanced graphics but the same story.

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by MCP - 2010, June 13 - 12:21pm

Thanks Balrog, I thought of that, but my God what a chore even by my standards. It's a thick book and the scanning alone...

ADD: Do you happen to know if the re-make "Gadget: Past as Future" ever made it to Mac? I've only seen PC versions.

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by Balrog - 2010, June 13 - 1:47am


Scan them in a way that you get sufficient overlap, then use Photoshop's "stitch" feature ... I'll do it if you can't.

I have the CD and yes, this is a great game Smile

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by MCP - 2010, May 27 - 12:39pm

I found the companion art book; alas, it measures 10" x 10"... too big for my scanner.

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by MCP - 2010, May 14 - 6:01pm

Put them both in the same directory. Drag-and-drop the first file onto StuffIt Expander 5.5 or later, Mac or PC, and it will automatically join and expand them. It is a Toast image.

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by Dimitris1980 - 2010, May 14 - 5:54pm

i have also the same problem Smile

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by Bolkonskij - 2010, May 14 - 3:14pm

Thank you for uploading, this one looks interesting! Certainly, if you like Myst-like Adventures the 90s were your decade Wink

However, as usual with files split up I cannot join them after download. Am I the only person with this kind of problem whenever files are split into several pieces?