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Hollywood Hijinx

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Buddy Burbank was a B-movie actor who one day met the wealthy Hildegarde Montague and married her. His wife's money allowed him to open his own studio, where he began to produce movies such as Attack of the Killer Rutabagas and other horror titles that gained little critical acclaim but apparently sold rather well. He then died of a heart attack, and Hildegarde followed him soon. In her will, she left the Burbank estate to her favorite nephew, under one condition: he has to find ten famous props from Buddy's movies within one night.

Hollywood Hijinx is a text adventure game. The player interacts with the environment by typing combinations of verb commands and objects. The game's environment contains secret passages and mazes, which are necessary to explore in order to find the props and successfully complete the game.


Hollywood Hijinx Commodore 64 Opening screen
Hollywood Hijinx Macintosh Picking up some stuff; anything useful?
Hollywood Hijinx Amiga intro
Hollywood Hijinx Macintosh Title and introduction

Alternate Titles

  • "Hollywood Hijinx - a zany treasure hunt" -- Tag-lined title
  • "Aunt Hildegarde's Secret" -- Working title

User Reviews

My favorite of the last bunch from Infocom DOS Tony Van (2681)

Critic Reviews

Commodore User Commodore 64 Apr, 1987 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 May, 1987 9 out of 10 90
Computer Gamer Commodore 64 Apr, 1987 88 out of 100 88
Happy Computer Atari ST May, 1987 87 out of 100 87
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Apr, 1987 9.75 out of 12 81
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Apr, 1987 9.75 out of 12 81
All Game Guide Macintosh 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70


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Date - 87 for all? 3 Trypticon (10239)
Feb 27, 2014


Copy protection

Copy protection for this game required the user to have the photo of "Uncle Buddy;" well, actually the poem on the back of said photo. The three cardinal directions mentioned in the poem are needed in order to properly orient the statue in the front yard of Buddy's estate. Don't have the poem? Good luck getting into the house.


The box contains the magazine "Tinsel World - News from Hollywood and around the globe, Vol. 35, No. 27", a letter from Aunt Hildegarde Montague Burbank, a photo of Uncle Buddy Burbank with a poem on the back and your very own Lucky Palm Tree Swizzle Stick.


The premise of this game is riffed on in Ivan Cockrum's 1998 game Foggywood Hijinx, and its title informed an inspired sample transcript for Jamie Murray's Bollywood Hijinx in 2001 -- an homage not yet stretched out to game-length.

Information also contributed by iShrek and Pseudo_Intellectual

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Contributed to by Trypticon (10239), Droog (460), Kabushi (143139), Tony Van (2681), Terok Nor (21023), Игги Друге (44957) and Belboz (6486)