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Long Island is home to Mike Callahan's bar, which is, like many other establishments of its kind, a place for people to share their personal problems with the friendly all-knowing bartender and drown their sorrows in alcohol. One small difference between this particular bar and most others is the clientele: mythological beings, time travellers, and aliens all feel at home at Callahan's. So does Jake Stonebender, a traveling guitarist with a tragic past, inclined to help those in need. Chatting with the colorful patrons of the bar, Jake finds out that a few of them do need his assistance, and will proceed to help a vampire find his long-lost love, solve the moral dilemma of an alien whose pacifist thinking is not approved by the majority of his race, save the rainforest from destruction, and perform other good deeds that will perhaps prove to the Powers-That-Be that humanity can be allowed to exist.

Callahan's Crosstime Saloon is a puzzle-solving adventure game based on Spider Robinson's series of stories about the unusual patrons of Callahan's bar. The characters in the game are taken from the first book of the series, though their stories are original. The game's world is composed of still screens viewed from first-person perspective. The interaction is point-and-click, with context menus appearing when the player attempts to interact with an object on screen. The puzzles are for the most part inventory-based, though a few revolve around word plays in English language.


Callahan's Crosstime Saloon DOS The temple of Qwytachocaholic
Callahan's Crosstime Saloon DOS Out attendant, Josie
Callahan's Crosstime Saloon DOS You must solve a quiz at Callahan's to start the game.
Callahan's Crosstime Saloon DOS Out on the street in the first episode/story

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Game.EXE Apr, 1997 100 out of 100 100
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Sep, 1997 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Quandary Jun, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Adventure Gamers Apr 08, 2005 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Computer Games Magazine 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Power Play Jun, 1997 70 out of 100 70
PC Action (Germany) May, 1997 64 out of 100 64
PC Games (Germany) Jun, 1997 61 out of 100 61
PC Player (Germany) May, 1997 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Just Adventure 1997 C 50


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The game credits indicate that the name of the composer is Alan Kennedy, but the MIDI files extracted from the game are actually credited to Sierra composer Ken Allen (King's Quest V, Space Quest IV, etc). It sounds highly probable that "Alan Kennedy" was his pseudonym at Legend Entertainment.


According to Josh Mandel, the relationship with publisher Take Two was problematic. They did market the game as a Western, which it is not, just because it had "Saloon" in the title, and released the beta version with a game-breaking bug instead of the final version.

Spider Robinson

As you can see from the game credits, Spider Robinson is responsible for a lot of the singing and guitar playing in this game. This is the same Spider Robinson who is the original author of the Callahan series of books on which this game is based. Jake Stonebender, the character you control, is also Spider's alter-ego and bears more than a passing resemblance to the author.

Strategy guide

In the strategy guide given with the original game, there is a huge section that just tells you about funny stuff in the game and how you can get to see them (although the entire game is very funny, they tell you about those that are hard to find).

Information also contributed by Kaminari, WildKard and Patrick Bregger

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Crawly (1415) added Callahan's Crosstime Saloon (DOS) on Apr 21, 2010
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