Multimedia Exploration Journal: May 12, 2005
Attack of the 1-dollar bargain bin! This company named PC Treasures, Inc.
licenses and distributes a number of titles that somehow wound up in the $1
section of the local Super Target store.
Amazon Trail 3rd Edition
"From The Creators of The Oregon Trail," warns the front cover. Wasn't that
originally a text adventure game? This game seems to be a highly graphical
adventure, if the screenshots are any indication. The box back also mentions
There are 350+ SVQ1/PCM QuickTime files on the disk. Mostly, it is talking heads
in front of colorful backgrounds as shown above. Curiously, I do not get
any audio out of these files even though they are reported to contain PCM.
There are also Smacker demo files on the disk, apparently in support of some
other demos. Further, there is a smackx32.x32 file serving as the Smacker DLL.
Magic: An Insider's View
...hosted by one Harry Anderson. If you do not know who that is, here is
a site that bills itself as the One
And Only Harry Anderson Fan Site. Oh, now I remember-- the judge from
The disc only has about 2 MB according to my Linux utilities. I will
probably need to run it under Windows for a better analysis.
Spy Kids: Learning Adventures; Mission: The Underground Affair
The title sounds suitably twisted. But the back cover copy promises to
teach planning and decision-making, strategic thinking, problem-solving,
trial and error, geometry, reading, and math. And with all the text on the
back of the box, I just can not get help but zero in on the misspelled
On a technical multimedia level, the game seems to be based on Macromedia.
Video and audio are handled by .swf and .swa files, respectively.
Garfield's Mad About Cats
"Now a Major Motion Picture!"
the box is sure to remind us. Ostensibly, you can build the world's most
perfect cat and learn about more that 30 types of cats. The back cover has
the QuickTime and Macromedia logos.
Ski Jumping 2004
Not much known about this title as all since all the data is locked up in the
500 MB setup file. Will return to this one later...
"Guaranteed Non-Stop Pinball Madness." The game includes 7 tables-- Jackpot,
Jailbreak, Tarantula, The Tomb, The Visitors, Kick Off, and Dare Devil. All of
the data is locked up in a large .CAB file, though.
Apparently from the same folks who brought us the last game, only this time the
game promises "Fast and furious pinball action". It has the same issue as the
first game-- 300 MB of data locked up in a .CAB file.
It does have a PATS/ directory with a series of AVI and WAV files. The AVI
files introduce each of the tables for this edition which include Soccer,
Team 98, Roswell, The Avengers, and Judge Dredd. I am a little puzzled by
the latter 2 since the back copy does not list extensive copy about copyrights
and trademarks (Judge Dredd is a comic book and The Avengers is an old
television show). Maybe the actual game has more legalese.
by Mike Melanson (mike at multimedia.cx).
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