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    Quote Originally Posted by WulfeLuer View Post
    Oh man, it's kinda embarrassing, since I have two that I remember having a total blast with, but I can't recall their titles to save my life. OT is okay, and I chewed through multiple iterations of Carmen Sandiego (to the consternation of actual educators) on Apples (think the IIc and IIe, I forgot). But the two that I loved and can't recall the names of...

    The first was this truck driving simulator. You drove a 18-wheeler hauling whatever to various places in the US, having to worry about things like eating and sleeping, picking the best route between cities, and deciding whether or not to speed and risk a pullover. If you got to the destination on time, you got a little prize in-game. I don't remember if you just drove off again or had to start a new haul. It was one of those things that should have totally sucked, but ate your brain and your free time, and actually gave something like meaningful decision points.

    The second was this game where cartoony robots were rampaging through the school, and you 'shot' them with a camera to drive them off, and then you tried to match details on the photos with evidence you collected to figure out which one was the actual bad guy. I think there were variations where the 'evidence' was linked to a particular subject, but I can't remember for sure. It was kinda 20 years ago now.
    I don't know about the second game, but the first sounds like Truckin', which I played on Intellivision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WulfeLuer View Post
    Oh man, it's kinda embarrassing, since I have two that I remember having a total blast with, but I can't recall their titles to save my life. OT is okay, and I chewed through multiple iterations of Carmen Sandiego (to the consternation of actual educators) on Apples (think the IIc and IIe, I forgot). But the two that I loved and can't recall the names of...


    The second was this game where cartoony robots were rampaging through the school, and you 'shot' them with a camera to drive them off, and then you tried to match details on the photos with evidence you collected to figure out which one was the actual bad guy. I think there were variations where the 'evidence' was linked to a particular subject, but I can't remember for sure. It was kinda 20 years ago now.
    This was the first one that came to my mind aside from the always popular Oregon Trail of course but you're thinking of the Super Solver series I believe. I can remember our whole class rushing to the learning center at school trying to get to the computers first to play them because we obviously in the late 80's had more students than computers
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    Yes!! The Carmen Sandiego Series...Where in the World, Where in the U.S.A., Where in Europe, and Where in Time.
    Another one is 3D Dinosaur Adventure, it helped me to remember the name of different dinosaurs.

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    Favorite isn't really the right word, but one my sister and I played was a math game set in a 3D castle (think Phantasy Star 1 dungeons). You had to find your way out, but sometimes a spider would drop in front of you and you'd have to solve the math problem it gave you to pass. I think you could also find treasure and had to answer a problem to pick it up. The walls were bluish gray and I think the spiders were purple and drawn directly facing you, so with the legs out to the side. I remember my sister was at a difficulty level where it was completely incomprehensible to me, probably long division, whereas I was doing stuff like 12 + 6.

    edit: a day later, but I found the game: Adventures in Math. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzXD1tAPK0Q
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    You can play "Adventures in Math" at the Internet Archive: https://archive.org/details/msdos_Ad...s_in_Math_1983

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