[Blindapple] The Great Escape
jaybird at bluegrasspals.com
Tue Oct 1 19:16:34 EDT 2013
I remember the snakebite issue from my childhood days. I think the actual
problem is that the author made an error somewhere along the line. The
game tells you that you must find the first aid kit within fifty moves or
die, but it actually sets the relevant counter to thirty. From what I
recall of poking around in the program, the "must find first aid kit"
message that gets printed as soon as you suffer an injury is manually
printed, then the every-turn message is calculated from a counter. My
best guess is that the author decided to change the value for snakebites,
but left either the explicit message or the counter-setting code
unchanged by mistake. Either that, or he forgot what he'd said in one
situation, and came up with a different number for the other.
----- Original Message -----
From: Kyle <kyle at gmx.ca>
To: blindapple at bluegrasspals.com
Date: Tue, 01 Oct 2013 18:23:25 -0400
Subject: [Blindapple] The Great Escape
> I'm having a couple of problems with The Great Escape that I don't
> remember having when I played it long ago.
> First of all, I recall having a full 50 moves once the snake bit me, but
> after the first move, the program subtracts 21 moves instead of 1 in
> both versions I have. Next, I noticed that even if I draw the high card
> in a game against the mad gambler, I always lose, unless it's a tie, in
> which case I win. And the strangest thing is the syntax error I get when
> I'm trying to feed the bananas to the gorilla. The line is
> 7380 INPUT "DO YOU TRY TO FEED THE BANANAS TO THE GORILLA?":1$
> but should actually be
> 7380 INPUT "DO YOU TRY TO FEED THE BANANAS TO THE GORILLA?";Q$
> I was able to fix that line, and I should be able to fix the snake as
> well, but I'm not sure what in the world could be causing the mad
> gambler's issue, other than the fact that he's just gone totally mad
> Does anyone have a disk with a working copy of this game? When I played
> as a child, I didn't see any of these things lol. I played it on a disk
> called Echo Games, which appears to be quite similar to egames, but had
> a couple more things on it I think.
> "Kyle? ... She calls her cake, Kyle?"
> Out of This World, season 2 episode 21 - "The Amazing Evie"
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