Name that Apple //e edutainment software
December 12, 2007 2:17 AM Subscribe
Name that Apple //e edutainment software (Troll gems? Driving? Townhouses? Looking stuff up?)
posted by Your Time Machine Sucks to computers & internet (11 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
This is pretty self-indulgent so apologies in advance, but it has honestly been inexplicably bugging me lately, and if I'm going to get an answer, I'm probably going to get it here. I used to really dig this Apple //e game as a kid and I can't remember its name, and all perusal of retro game sites has turned up nada.
Relevant details: You drove around some town on a top-down map in a lozenge-looking car, going to houses and answering school research-y related questions (i.e. "when was the great wall built?") and you would get...I think...troll gems? Or parts of a single troll gem? Which were also lozenge-y? And if you had enough of them you would upgrade your house and move to a new map? I distinctly remember that the order of house upgrades went something like shack-->townhouse-->mansion or equivalent. I don't think it was Snooper Troops FWIW; I don't recall the investigation element being there. But I could be wrong. I don't think it was part of one of those Scholastic sets either.
Bonus (much easier) question: what was that game from the same era in which you were basically a conquistador exploring and exploiting the new world? I remember crossing the ocean took forever and you could export a hell of a lot of gold. It was supposed to be educational but mostly functioned as an imperialism simulator, which bizarrely seemed to impart the message that imperialism could be highly satisfying if you were a good gamer.
Thanks for shedding any light!