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Calixto Island

DOS - 1984

Year 1984
Platform DOS
Released in United States
Genre Adventure
Theme Detective / Mystery, Interactive Fiction
Publisher Mark Data Products
Developer Mark Data Products
Perspective 1st-Person
Dosbox support Fully supported on current version
3.5 / 5 - 6 votes

Description of Calixto Island

In mid-1980s, a small company called Mark Data Products released 6 parser-based graphic adventure games similar to early Polarware and Scott Adams titles. While the games are reasonably successful on Tandy's CoCo computer, the IBM PC versions did not achieve the same level of success.

While the graphics are quite good at the time, the parser is quite primitive - only simple verb+noun constructs such as GET HAT are understood, and some verbs that are common in IF games such as SEARCH are not always recognized. Fortunately, the games make up for primitive parser with well-written plot, fun characters, and some clever puzzles. The plot of Calixto Island: "A valuable museum treasure has been stolen; can you recover it? Calixto Island is a challenging puzzle with and occasional twist of humor. You'll visit a laboratory, a Mayan pyramid and you'll meet crazy Trader Jack - all in living color and exciting detail."

Thanks to the generosity of Bob Withers, co-creator of these underdogs who put both the games and their source codes up on his website for free download, you can now experience a forgotten past of the early days of adventure gaming. All are recommended, but if you want the best of the bunch, I highly recommend my personal favorites: Trekboer and Calixto Island.

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

Coco_Nut73 2018-03-02 1 point

Stephanie, there are a list of commands available including directional instructions, NORTH, SOUTH, EAST, WEST, UP, DOWN, CLIMB (item), ENTER (item / room)

You can abbreviate the directional commands into N, S, E, W, U, D

The other cimmands, are as follows:

DIG, GET or TAKE (item), PUT or DROP (item), OPEN, / CLOSE (item), LOCK / UNLOCK (item), SWAP / TRADE (item), READ (item), CUT (item), USE (item), ON / OFF (item), , LIGHT / UNLIGHT (item), LOOK / EXAMINE (item), PUSH / PULL (item), INFLATE / DEFLATE (item), LIFT (item), GIVE (item), TALK (character), SCORE, INVENTORY (to check what you're carrying),

Some commands will be provided, via special clues, on documents, signs, in the responses of the characters that you deal with, and sometimes your avatar will tell you to perform certain tasks, as well

Stephanie 2014-07-22 -1 point DOS version

I'd love to play this, but I can't get beyond the start screen. Game doesn't recognize any characters entered into the name field. Am I missing something?

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