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Adventure Game Scene of the Day — Thursday 22 May 2014

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I swear this is the longest month ever. Today’s shot is from Alida (2003), a Myst-like game about a bunch of super rich rock stars who build the world’s biggest guitar. There’s more to it, but it sounds cooler if I just leave it at that. This is one of the few pseudo-modern games I actually scanned the cover of so click below if interested.

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Putting the “clone” back in “Myst clone”, it seems.

     
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Stupid Alida cost me a couple of points at last year’s MMFT.
The screenshot was messed up scrambled then, but nevertheless…

     

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I grabbed a copy of Alida as soon as it came out because Mac games for OS 9 were few and far between at the time (early 2000s).  Since I cut my gaming teeth on first person puzzle games, this one was a pleasure for me to play.  Based on input from early players like me, Cos Russo made some small changes for later versions of the game.  I’d always hoped he’d make a sequel, but I suspect, as is the case with many indy developers, that time and money were an issue.

     

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Lady Kestrel - 22 May 2014 05:09 PM

I grabbed a copy of Alida as soon as it came out because Mac games for OS 9 were few and far between at the time (early 2000s).  Since I cut my gaming teeth on first person puzzle games, this one was a pleasure for me to play.  Based on input from early players like me, Cos Russo made some small changes for later versions of the game.  I’d always hoped he’d make a sequel, but I suspect, as is the case with many indy developers, that time and money were an issue.

I assume you have the original version he sold from his website then? I’m jealous.

     
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I do indeed.  In fact, my purchase was Cos’ first commercial sale of the game.  I also have the OS X version published by Got Games Entertainment.

     

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Lady Kestrel - 23 May 2014 10:37 AM

I do indeed.  In fact, my purchase was Cos’ first commercial sale of the game.  I also have the OS X version published by Got Games Entertainment.

What is the packaging like for the original? Does it have a box or just a DVD or CD case? Does the cover have the same picture as Got Games’ version?

     
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The original was just a 5-CD jewel case.  Here are the OS 9 front and back inserts, which are a bit different than later versions:

The first disc is from the original version.  It’s a silver background with black graphics, but my scanner made the rainbow effect.  The second disc is Got Games’ Mac OS X version, again with 5 CDs.  The graphics are silver on black, which I really like.  I think the later DVD Windows version has photos on the discs.

     

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WOW! Thanks a lot for the scans and info!!!

     
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You’re welcome!  Anything to please a gaming geek!  Wink

     

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