Treehouse Truants (DOS)

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This LORD clone (as it turns out, a popular template for BBS doors to follow) strips away the transparent sci-fi and fantasy trappings of the typical adolescent power fantasy, its teenaged author dishing up an experience far more close to heart to most of its pubescent players -- dog-eat-dog bullying on the schoolyard; hone your skills through combat against the nerds, geeks, and dorkwads, and improve your equipment until you can truly lay claim to the title of King of the Castle, lording over all the Dirty Rascals. Nyeah nyeah nyeah, nanny nanny boo boo.

This juvenile delinquency is simulated through the standard coloured text menus with single-keystroke option selections. Nothing truly twisted elapses (after all, children -- while cruel -- aren't always the most imaginative), and the gentler time that produced this game keeps it out of the troubled territory of, say, Rockstar's Bully.


Treehouse Truants DOS How does the piggy bank generate interest?  Let us ponder that one for a while...
Treehouse Truants DOS Start menu
Treehouse Truants DOS Doesn't look like the nerd took his meds today
Treehouse Truants DOS Cleaning up in close combat!

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In the documentation to the game, the 16-year-old author includes a speech regarding youth violence and its influence on game design decisions:
    I would like to say something before I wrap this up. This game portrays quite a bit of violence among kids. I do not agree with violence among kids today, as a matter of fact, I think it's sickening. The reason the bully fights do not use weapons is because that is what is killing too many kids MY AGE today. When my dad was a kid in the 1960's, he never had to worry about a kid pulling a 9mm out of his jacket and blowing his brains out. "In the old days" they used to duke it out with their fists, not with knifes and guns. The violence needs to stop, people need to take a stand. Parents need to take responsibilty for their kids actions and discipline them (harshly if necessary). No more crap, I don't want to work my butt off to grow up into a never-ending spiral into hell that society is currently going into. 'nuff said, I've made my point! :)

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Pseudo_Intellectual (60497) added Treehouse Truants (DOS) on May 17, 2007