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Hollywood Hijinx

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Advertising Blurbs

From The Master Storytellers Infocom catalog, 1987:
    "HOLLYWOOD HIJINX is a fine addition to the growing list of Infocom products. Like the city and movies it parodies, beneath its thin veneer lies a complete absence of rational thought - a space filled only with mindless entertainment. And you can't help but be entertained."
    -Analog Computing


    Vampire Penguins. Meltdown on Elm Street. Who could forget these classic films produced by your uncle, Buddy Burbank? Uncle Buddy and Aunt Hildegarde have passed away, but their memory lives on in their Malibu mansion, filled with a lifetime of Hollywood memorabilia. And you will inherit it all - if you can find ten wacky treasures hidden throughout the house and grounds.

    In HOLLYWOOD HIJINX, author "Hollywood" Dave Anderson combines the glitz of tinseltown with the offbeat humor of a "B" movie. Amusing anecdotes about your childhood summers with Hildegarde and Buddy add to the fun. It all gives a new slant to the treasure hunt theme that made ZORK so popular.

    Contributed by Belboz (6553) on Oct 13, 2001.

From PASSPORT To The United Products of Infocom 1986:
    HOLLYWOOD HIJINX
    Vampire Penguins. Meltdown on Elm Street. Who could forget these classic films produced by your uncle, Buddy Burbank? Uncle Buddy and Aunt Hildegarde have passed away, but their memory lives on in their Malibu mansion, filled with a lifetime of Hollywood memorabilia. And you will inherit it all - if you can find ten wacky treasures hidden throughout the house and grounds. HOLLYWOOD HIJINX combines the glitz of Tinseltown with the offbeat humor of a "B" movie. Amusing anecdotes about your childhood summers with Hildegarde and Buddy add to the fun.

    "There are imitators and innovators. With each new work, Infocom again falls into the latter category."
    -Analog Computing

    Contributed by Belboz (6553) on Oct 09, 2001.

From The Status Line, VOL.V No.4 Fall 1986:

    HOLLYWOOD HIJINX

    Soon To Be A Major Interactive Story...



    Who can forget those wonderful childhood summers spent with your Aunt Hildegarde and Uncle Buddy Burbank? Uncle Buddy was a Hollywood mogul, Aunt Hildegarde his loving (and very rich) wife. They had no children of their own, but you and your cousins were always welcome at their sprawling Malibu estate.

    The house itself was loads of fun. There was the luxurious movie theater, the gaudy round satin-covered bed, the gold-plated bathroom faucets in the shape of Oscars, and the goofy props from old Buddy Burbank movies. And the grounds had everything from a private beach to a hedge maze, where you usually managed to get lost.

    Your aunt and uncle were fun, too. Uncle Buddy, who dressed in polyester leisure suits and gold chains, always had a practical joke up his sleeve. And, despite her eccentricities, Aunt Hildy loved you like a mother.

    You even enjoyed your Cousin Herman, who often visited at the same time as you. You and Herman would team up together to play games in the garden or help Aunt Hildegarde with her dinner parties. There was also the time he got sick in the top bunk when you were sleeping in the bottom one. Or the time he tripped you on the beach stairs and you fell and got a bloody nose. But you were able to forgive and forget in the name of cousinly love.

    Well, those days are all behind you. Uncle Buddy has been dead for several years, and now Aunt Hildegarde has passed away, too. It seems like the end of an era - until you learn that you've inherited the entire estate. There's just one quirky stipulation: you can only claim your booty if you find ten "treasures" from old Buddy Burbank movies hidden throughout the house and grounds. If you can't find the treasures in one night, you lose the whole caboodle.

    That's the premise of Hollywood Hijinx, the new interactive story from Infocom. It sends you on a zany treasure hunt through a house that's as eccentric as its owners. After a night spent in its deserted rooms, you might be feeling a little wacky, too. For although you assume Aunt Hildegarde and Uncle Buddy wouldn't make it too hard for you to find the treasures, the puzzles you must solve prove that they weren't just kidding.

    Hollywood Hijinx was written by "Hollywood" Dave Anderson, whose Hawaiian shirts and baggy shorts fit right in with the beach mural and tropical fish that decorate his Infocom office. To get YOU in the California mood, the package includes a gossip-filled copy of Tinselworld Magazine, your Aunt Hildegarde's will, an autographed photo of your Uncle Buddy, and a lucky palm tree swizzle stick.

    Combining the glitz of Tinseltown with the offbeat humor of a "B" movie, Hollywood Hijinx is cram-packed with puzzles that will test the wits and tickle the ribs of both first-time and experienced players. Numerous amusing anecdotes about your childhood with Herman, Buddy, and Hildegarde add to the fun. Hollywood Hijinx will be available in February for a wide variety of personal computers, at a suggested retail price of $34.95 for Atari XL/XE and Commodore 64/128 and $39.95 for all other systems.

    Contributed by Belboz (6553) on Aug 26, 2001.

Back of box cover:
    Vampire Penguins. A Corpse Line. Meltdown on Elm Street. Who could forget these classic Hollywood movies produced by your uncle, Buddy Burbank? But his greatest masterpiece has yet to be experienced... HOLLYWOOD HIJINX, starring you!

    Your Uncle Buddy and Aunt Hildegarde have passed away, but their memory lives on in their Malibu mansion, filled with a lifetime of Hollywood memorabilia. And you've inherited it all, with one stipulation - you can only claim your booty if you find the treasures hidden throughout the sprawling beachfront estate. If you can't find the treasures in one night, you lose the whole caboodle.

    It's just the sort of thing you'd expect from Aunt Hildegarde and Uncle Buddy. And their home is familiar territory: you spent your childhood summers there with your Cousin Herman. Although some say the house is haunted, you're not fooled. You know that Uncle Buddy, who wore a different polyester leisure suit each day of the week, was always rigging the place with goofy gags and booby traps.

    Inside the house, everything is just as glitzy and full of fun as you remember it to be. There's the luxurious private screening room, the gold-plated bathroom faucets in the shape of Oscars, and the wacky props from old Buddy Burbank movies.

    The Malibu estate seems like a funhouse at first. But the puzzles you must solve prove that Aunt Hildegarde and Uncle Buddy weren't just kidding around. Claiming the Burbank bundle turns out to be quite a challenge - and it's all in your honor.

    HOLLYWOOD HIJINX is as zany as its author, "Hollywood" Dave Anderson. It's cram-packed with puzzles that will test the wits and tickle the ribs of both first time and experienced players.

    Contributed by Belboz (6553) on Mar 30, 2001.