Jinxter

Critic Score User Score
Amiga
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2.4
Atari ST
87
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Commodore 64
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Description

Aquatania has recently become the land of misfortunes, due to a group of plotting witches. The task of finding five charms and a magic bracelet to put things right falls on you.

And you need a change of luck, because events in this game often emphasise the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. You get hit by a car, fall a great height, sprayed with cheese sandwich and more! Being the guinea pig in this strange world will drive you insane - if this jinxed land doesn't do it first.

Jinxter is an interactive fiction with graphics title that takes a realistic world of people and situations, and then plays with the boundaries to create a strange and puzzling world. Characters are all getting on with their own tasks, and getting them to help you is usually a case of making sure something's in it for them.

Dialogue aims to add a comic touch to proceedings. Puzzles can often be solved in multiple ways, but the most obvious way is not always the correct one. Due to the presence of a Guardian, you can't actually die.

Screenshots

Jinxter Amstrad CPC The bus journey
Jinxter DOS Front garden
Jinxter ZX Spectrum It took me ages to realize that the document referred a real document that's included in the game's packaging. 
Games can be saved to disk to be continued later
Jinxter Amstrad CPC Does anyone here play the harmonica?

Alternate Titles

  • "Green Magic" -- working title

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Critic Reviews

The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Feb, 1988 92 out of 100 92
Crash! ZX Spectrum Apr, 1988 92 out of 100 92
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Feb, 1988 916 out of 1000 92
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Feb, 1988 92 out of 100 92
Power Play Atari ST 1987 9 out of 10 90
CU Amiga Amiga Jan, 1988 9 out of 10 90
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Jun, 1988 9 out of 10 90
Happy Computer Atari ST Dec, 1987 86 out of 100 86
Power Play Commodore 64 Mar, 1988 8 out of 10 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Feb, 1988 9 out of 12 75

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Trivia

Extras

The game came with a lot of goodies: a beer coaster, a 'Independent Guardian' newspaper (and another translated one in the German version) and an envelope with information.

Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #14 Least Rewarding Ending of All Time

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