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By The Verge • Issue #3 • View online
The Master of Mischief has stolen the crown and hidden the treasures of Treasure Mountain!
You, the Super Solver, must find the treasures and take them to the top of the mountain. Hidden keys can open the gateways up the mountain.
The elves can help you. Catch them in your net to get coins and clue words. They will help you find treasures and the keys. As the treasure chest is filled, you will earn your stars, win the crown, and save Treasure Mountain!
Press ⬅Enter to go on.

💾 Please Copy This Floppy
Good morning! Your boss probably can’t see your screen while you’re working from home, which means you have my permission to ignore those spreadsheets and play video games.
Today’s newsletter is all about some of my favorite childhood games. I always loved the chance to visit the computer in my parent’s bedroom. It was like witnessing alchemy; a giant IBM-compatible box of metal and plastic turned electricity and big floppy disks into sharp synths and colorful scenes.
Thanks to the Internet Archive, all of these games are now available for free and can be played in the browser. So, in no particular order, here’s a little playlist to get you through the week.
Treasure Mountain! (1990)
Super Solvers Treasure Mountain, by The Learning Company, is a game about stealing precious artifacts from a peaceful society of elves who you must imprison to steal secrets from. I don’t remember actually learning much from this game except for how to oppress a joyful species of diminutive humanoids, but it has a banging soundtrack, and can keep you occupied for quite a while.
(You can also read the story of what happened to The Learning Company over at The Outline).
The Colonel’s Bequest (1989)
This game straight up gave me nightmares for years. It’s sort of like a playable version of Knives Out, except the mansion is trying to kill you. I died a lot, including in a scene where I got murdered in the shower, Psycho style. Nope. Close program. Time for more Treasure Mountain!
Alphaman (1995)
This is the first rougelike game I ever played, and it was captivating — though brutally difficult. Set in a distant post-apocalyptic future, you must delve dungeons and find artifacts to defeat various bosses with curious names, including Gilligan, Buzz Aldrin, and the Grinch. If the mutant alligators don’t get you, the radiation will.
The Adventures of Captain Comic (1988)
I think my dad liked this game because it inexplicably begins with a synth version of the Marines’ Hymn. The game has nothing to do with the US Marines; it’s a side-scrolling platformer where you have to recover treasure (sound familiar?) and defend yourself from space birds. Anyway, my mom loved it.
Hero’s Quest (1989)
Later renamed Quest for Glory, this is probably the first D&D-like roleplaying game I got sucked into, long before I knew what Dungeons & Dragons was. Filled with pitfalls and danger that scared the living daylights out of me, I was nonetheless amazed by the game’s apparent depth.
(Note: this one I couldn’t find on the Internet Archive, but it is available on Playclassic.)
6️⃣4️⃣ Bonus: Commodore 64 Arcade
For a couple weeks each summer, I had the fortune to visit my grandparent’s house in Dewey Beach, Delaware. When I wasn’t covered in the warm light of the sun, I enjoyed the blue light of my grandfather’s Commodore 64. Fortunately, the Internet Archive also has some of the classics I remember.
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Impossible Mission (1986)
Between the ominous opening lines (“Another visitor! Stay awhile…. stay forever!”) and the memorable scream when falling to your doom (“AAAAAAHHHHHHHHH”), Impossible Mission was also nightmare-fuel for young me. I never manged to beat it, but it was a thrilling challenge. It also has killer robots.
Test Drive (1987)
Lamborghini Countach? $130,000. Lotus Turbo Espirit? $55,000. Porsche 911 Turbo? $50,000. Outrunning the cops without driving off the PCH? Priceless (adjusted for 1987 inflation).
🏛 Support the Internet Archive
It’s amazing that I can quickly and easily relive all of these classics for free on the internet, and I’m glad I get to share them with you. That’s all made possible by the Internet Archive, which is a non-profit library that hosts a ton of important cultural works.
You can support the archive by donating here.
😊 Have Fun Today!
The weeks grow longer, but you can get through it. I believe in you.
Don’t feel like you need to be as productive as usual. Take some time to relax, and take care of yourself. Let me know if you can beat Impossible Mission; I never could.
-tc
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