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One of the classic puzzle games. Tells the story of the Fool, who wanders throughout the land solving puzzles to break the enchantments, discover the land's treasures, and undo evil. Features word searches, cryptograms, jigsaw puzzles, anagrams, a Tarot-based card game, and lots of other bizarre puzzles. Also includes an animated intro, and extended finale animation as separate executables (but you have to win before it'll let you run the finale).


The Fool's Errand DOS The Lovers
The Fool's Errand DOS Prologue Scene
The Fool's Errand DOS Wheel of Fortune
The Fool's Errand DOS Prologue Scene 2

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User Reviews

Great puzzle game with diverse puzzles running from easy to difficult. donarumo (11) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars
The best puzzle game EVER !! Afex Tween (173) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars

Critic Reviews

The Games Machine (UK) Sep, 1990 93 out of 100 93
Curly's World Of Freeware Feb 15, 2009 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 83
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jan, 1991 8.4 out of 12 70


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  • Games Magazine
    • 1989 - Best Puzzle Game
  • MacWorld
    • 1988 - Introduced into the Hall of Fame

  • Related Web Sites

    • The Fool's Errand Lore (Cliff Johnson has information, pictures, and downloads (including the full version of the game) pertaining to the game on his personal site.)
    • The Fool's Errand Walkthrough (A complete (and illustrated) guide to beating The Fool's Errand.)
    andyhat (2001) added The Fool's Errand (DOS) on Apr 28, 2000
    Other platforms contributed by Martin Smith (66852), Pat Cdr (1256) and Mickey Gabel (379)