bop the alligator
November 2, 2009 11:11 AM Subscribe
posted by speicus (22 comments total)
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are modern logic puzzle games based on the classic educational games Rocky's Boots
(1982) and Robot Odyssey
Originally conceived as a sequel to Warren Robinett
(1979) for the Atari 2600, Rocky's Boots
became a revolutionary educational game that combined Adventure's interactive graphical environment with gameplay that taught the player how to build more and more intricate digital logic circuits. And as you might expect from the creator of one of the first Easter Eggs, it also contained a few secrets (like a hidden room with an alligator
that would eat your cursor).
was the fiendishly difficult sequel to Rocky's Boots, in which the player tries to escape from the labyrinthine Robotropolis by programming and reprogramming three robots named Sparky, Checkers and Scanner. (Perhaps in response to Robot Odyssey's difficulty, its successor Gertrude's Secrets
(1986) was much simpler and did away with logic gates entirely.)
While these games have nearly faded into obscurity, thankfully there are a few nostalgia-driven games in the same style that run on modern machines. DroidQuest
is an incredibly faithful remake of Robot Odyssey made in Java, while Gate
presents robot rewiring puzzles with a simpler, slicker interface. Finally, if you just want to hook up some logic gates in a sandbox environment, Logicly
is a bare-bones but pretty Flash implementation.