Callahan's Crosstime Saloon
DOS - 1997
Description of Callahan's Crosstime Saloon
A wonderful adventure on all counts and one of the most humorous games I've ever played, Callahan's Crosstime Saloon, like Spider Robinson's gentle sci-fi novels it was based on, is chock full of devilish puns, humor, and charm.
SPOILERS ALERT ON In the gameworld, the premise is that Earth is actually an art exhibit whose sole purpose is for the entertainment of the "Gods" (whoever they may be). One of the Gods, Gingranich (!), believes that there is nothing on Earth at all worthy enough to justify its continued existence; he wants to cut Earth's funding. Fortunately for Earth, the Gingranich team Curator is in need of a beer. He stops into Callahan's where, through the course of five mini-stories, he learns what the regulars knew all along – that life is about sharing with others that which, when contained, means a whole lot less. It is after this point that a sixth story emerges, and you will need all the friends (and important items) you have met in the earlier five vignettes to prove that the Earth has value after all. SPOILERS ALERT OFF
As scruffy 60's musician Jake Stonebender, you will journey to 5 scenarios across time and space to help friends that include a squid-like alien, a vampire, and a talking dog, and ultimately save the universe. With nonstop puns and good puzzles, this is definitely Josh Mandel's (of Freddy Pharkas fame) best game to date.
With non-linear gameplay (to the extent that the 5 episodes are self-contained and can be solved in any order), nonstop puns, inventive puzzles, and very well-written plot, Callahan's Crosstime Saloon is simply a must-have for every adventure game fan, and a sheer delight for fans of wordplay and other linguistic pastimes. Two thumbs up, way up!
Review By HOTUD
Comments and reviews
Raaj 2019-12-08 1 point
Just how exactly do you run this game, after downloading the RIP version? What are you meant to type into DOS BOX? So as to get the game running?
Songlord 2018-09-08 5 points
Have you read the Robinson novels? If not, go now to your favorite used book store or public library and treat yourself to the words of the Master. You'll thank me later. Then try this game and experience the magic that Spider speaks of in the handbook "Backward". Can you become addicted to a 20 year old game about a 50 year old book series? Only madmen and lucky geniuses know for sure, but in my case, the answer is a resounding YES!
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