Jacaranda Jim (DOS)

Jacaranda Jim DOS Title screen


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Crashing your spaceship on a strange planet and formulating some sort of escape plan is a longstanding convention in science fiction literature, film and games. This game begins with Jacaranda Jim's spaceship crashing on Ibberspleen IV and there the conventions evaporate: his antagonists? A fleet of homicidal beechwood armchairs. It's all right, though -- with your constant companion Alan the Gribbley and the assistance of Mavis, a cow, you will help Jim navigate Ibberspleen's strangely familiar village marketplace, hunting for legendary treasure and, ultimately, a return to outer space.


Jacaranda Jim DOS A surreal transition
Jacaranda Jim DOS Your constant companion
Jacaranda Jim DOS Help, I'm being mugged by an interloper from Zork!
Jacaranda Jim DOS Introduction

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Alternate Titles

  • "Derek the Troll" -- Working Title

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SPAG Mar 24, 2001 7.5 out of 10 75


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Cancelled sequel

Some work was done on a planned sequel to JJ, entitled The Case of Spindle's Crotchet, but it was set aside and, later, forgotten in favour of Humbug.


The game Jacaranda Jim was originally named Derek the Troll after a campus personality from Graham Cluley's stint at the Guildford College of Technology, during which an early version of the game was first written on a PRIME minicomputer. Having second thoughts about committing his mockery of a peer to the public record (and then asking people to send him money for it!), it was refashioned Jacaranda Jim and rewritten in Pascal for the PC; the irritating character of Derek was transformed into Alan the Gribbley, ultimately retaining only a handful of Derek's original accounting-related tics.

Public Domain release

Jacaranda Jim was placed in the public domain in May 1997.

Related Web Sites

  • Jacaranda Jim homepage (Free download of Jacaranda Jim from the author's page, plus reviews, hints, and a solution.)
Pseudo_Intellectual (60508) added Jacaranda Jim (DOS) on Jun 23, 2006