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THE MIDNIGHT POST * February 2014
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WA3 - The Retro Connection

As long time players know, a big part of Midnight Synergy is our love for classic games. Many of our games are based on classic game concepts, and whenever possible we pepper our games with references to our favourites from the 1980s and 1990s. Planet of the Z-Bots is no different, and we thought it would be fun to point out a few of these references. Perhaps it will inspire some of you to play these games again, or have a quick look at YouTube gameplay videos.

Warning: This article does contain spoilers for anyone who hasn't played WA3 yet.

First, let's examine the reading habits of one Count Dookie, proud new owner of the Creepy Keep. When Dookie has to flee the Keep because of a ghost problem, this studious Stinker pores over books in search of a supernatural pest control solution. Although the problem may resolve itself (something you discover if you talk to Dookie often enough), the interim presents a variety of literary picks that all deal with ghosts.

Except, of course, the titles and descriptions are in fact all of vintage video and computer games. Each game has a connection with ghosts or spooky domiciles.

There's the Atari 2600 classic Haunted House, perhaps the very first game in the popular "survival horror" genre.

Alone in the Dark was the first 3D game in a similar setting.

Pac Man features ghosts - but perhaps not quite in the same way.

The Lurking Horror was a brilliant text adventure by the masters of Infocom.

Ghosts and Goblins was an arcade smash hit by Capcom.

Monster Trivia is a strange and atmospheric game by Paul Norman (whose Forbidden Forest and Aztec Challenge made it into previous games).

Finally, The Castles of Dr. Creep is classic Broderbund action/puzzle game involving buttons, gates, keys and other Wonderland favourites.

There were other candidates that didn't make the cut: Bubble Ghost, Ghouls and Ghosts, Luigi's Mansion, and many, many more. If you have an idea, hop onto the Discussion Board and write a Wonderland description of your title - see who can guess it first.

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