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March 15th, 2001



Who remembers Transylvania?

This is perhaps one of my first memories of playing a game on a computer (not including my Odyssey 2). In Mr. Reed’s fifth grade class, he had an Ace computer (Apple II compatible with huge beige keys) and one of the few non-educational games he had was Transylvania, a 1982 title by Penguin Software.

My friends and I had an absolute blast playing this game. In this game, you wander through the woods, a cemetery, and a castle, avoiding vampires and werewolves. It was a surprisingly atmospheric game, despite it’s very low-res graphics. We spent hours playing this game trying to figure out how to beat it, but eventually had to give in to getting cheats. Impressive that a 140k game could challenge us so much. I broke out this game tonight and died within 5 minutes. Damn werewolf.

And Transylvania taught me what a “sarcophagus” was. Otherwise, I would have never known.

Far away a clock strikes 12… -ram

Posted in Technology

FROM: Matt
DATE: Thursday March 15, 2001 -- 12:10:50AM
I was more of an Oregon Trail and Black Caudron fan myself :)

FROM: Paul
DATE: Thursday March 15, 2001 -- 7:32:15AM
Yeah - it was no Oregon Trail.

FROM: Old Fezziwig
DATE: Thursday March 15, 2001 -- 8:47:54AM
Oregon Trail was the shiznat.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Thursday March 15, 2001 -- 9:25:49AM
But Oregon Trail was... educational...

FROM: Tina
DATE: Thursday March 15, 2001 -- 9:44:38AM
Was "Oregon Trail" the one where you're a settler trying to make it cross-country in a covered wagon, and you get to shoot deer and buy supplies at the general store, etc etc? What about that "Lemonade Stand" game? Does anyone remember that one? "1 lb of sugar, how many make thismuch lemondade to sell at this price so you can still buy your supplies but make a profit....." I loved that one!

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Thursday March 15, 2001 -- 12:05:09PM
Tina -- Yes! I remember the Lemonade game... that was so much fun... I wonder if any versions exist on the Net anywhere...

FROM: Tina
DATE: Thursday March 15, 2001 -- 12:20:20PM
Ryan - yeah, you could do some "research" this afternoon and find it for us! Cool!!

FROM: Matt
DATE: Thursday March 15, 2001 -- 12:37:41PM
I know the Oregon Trail has all new versions for the newer types of computers. I was thinking of buying it sometime.

FROM: Tina
DATE: Thursday March 15, 2001 -- 12:40:15PM
Do you have a URL for that info, Matt?

FROM: Robert
DATE: Thursday March 15, 2001 -- 1:02:46PM
Didn't the kid version of Tom Hanks in Big play a fantasy game just like this one? That kind of reminds me that I saw a Kids in the Hall rerun yesterday with a Zork t-shirt in it.

Was I the only kid who never played Oregon Trail? In 6th grade we played Where in the World is Carmen San Diego a lot but that was it.

FROM: Tina
DATE: Thursday March 15, 2001 -- 1:06:55PM
"Where in the World is Carmen S" is a great game, too, but I didn't see that one until I got to high school (back in the dinosaur ages...the very late 80's) and by then it was all teched-up and packed with cutesie graphics.

FROM: Matt
DATE: Thursday March 15, 2001 -- 3:40:35PM
Tina I don't have any URL info on that. I just see it in ads for places like best buy sometimes.
Robert- I also played Carmen Sandiego, but in school we played Oregon Trail more.
I have seen that Kids In The Hall with the Zork t-shirt. Thats a classic

FROM: Robert
DATE: Friday March 16, 2001 -- 12:54:27PM
This topic reminds me to ask if any of you out there in the Daily Ping-dom have played the DVD re-releases of Dragon's Lair and Space Ace. I am so hard up to have those games where I can get to them at any time and DVD seems like the best format. Someone somewhere said that you need a fast machine to make it work and I don't know how one might figure out if his machine is fast enough.

Anyone who wants to take issue with my bad taste in video games can sod the hell off right now!

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Sunday May 18, 2003 -- 11:24:09 pm
I cant BELIEVE that in this whole Ping, no one except for Ryan has played Transylvania..werewolves, vampires, so many ways to die or get freaked out. I was addicted to this game SO much when I was little.

I think it was one occasion where running a game of the old 5 1/4 disk was OK, because the extra load time just added to the suspense.


FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Sunday May 18, 2003 -- 11:30:55 pm
Ah, just like old times. I just downloaded the emulator, played, and was dead in two minutes. The werewolf still scares the crap outta me. :)

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Monday May 19, 2003 -- 9:53:16 am
Dave -- remember that shooting the werewolf did no good if you didn't have the silver bullet!

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday May 19, 2003 -- 1:02:24 pm
Yeah, I remember

FROM: Tina
DATE: Tuesday November 18, 2003 -- 6:16:38 pm
Look what I found on Yahoo! LEMONADE TYCOON! Someone is just as nostalgia crazy as we are!!!

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday November 18, 2003 -- 8:51:58 pm
Yeah, that one's a classic, Tina! I had forgotten that one...

FROM: Tina
DATE: Tuesday November 18, 2003 -- 9:17:17 pm
Well, Lemonade Tycoon is not so hot. You get the first 60 minutes of play for free, but the full version which allows you to continue the game is $20. Gosh, isn't anything FREE FREE FREE anymore???? (insert snort of derision here!)

DATE: Sunday February 29, 2004 -- 2:57:57 pm
Well the lemonade stand game is still up...

FROM: Russ [E-Mail]
DATE: Sunday May 23, 2004 -- 10:04:11 am
Transyvania was the first PC game I ever played. I used to have an 84 Mac. I beat my brothers at finding the solution. You have to use the Ring and Cloak to free the alien from the statue. He gives you a black box with a button. Go to the sarcophagus in the tower and press the button. Then give the princess the Elixir and head for the Sailboat.

DATE: Wednesday March 15, 2006 -- 7:29:06 pm
The lemonade game is big on cell phones, most providers have it to download for six bucks, which is still not free.

DATE: Tuesday May 23, 2006 -- 1:39:20 am
Oh my gosh, it makes me so sad to think about Transylvania. My dad and I used to spend HOURS playing that game when I was like 7 years old. That damn werewolf is right!! I need to play it again so if anyone knows where I can play it, post something!

Marcie December 7, 2007, 5:57 am

I used to love playing this game and I just recently downloaded it again. I am having trouble with the vampire. I think I need some sort of cross to kill him but once again, have difficulties with picking up the one in the cemetery. Any help would be appreciated!!!

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