List of games in Scott Adams TI-99/4a format

Following on from this thread, I thought it might be helpful to provide a list of the text adventures known to be available in the Scott Adams TI-99/4a format. Here goes:

  • Adult Adventure, An (Stephen Peacock)

  • Adventure at Lake Santeetlah (Fritz Langhart)

  • Adventure of Bigfoot (Curtis Borders)

  • Adventureland (Scott Adams)

  • Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai, The (Phillip Case)

  • Amusement Park, The (Lucille F Rock)

  • Cinderella (Lucille F Rock)

  • Colossal Cave v2.0 (Willie Crowther, Don Woods)

  • Colossal Cave v4.0 (Willie Crowther, Don Woods)

  • Computorama (Rusty)

  • Count, The (Scott Adams)

  • Count’s Revenge, The (Jason Lipscomb)

  • Cruel Canyon (Drax, Daredevil)

  • Castle Darkholm Chapter 1 - Crypt of Pain (Randy A Cook)

  • Death Wheel (Foxware)

  • Disaster (Gerry)

  • Discovery at June Lake (Kurt Browning)

  • Doors to Eden, The (L Steven Cheairs)

  • Escape from Alcatraz (Jon Green)

  • Escape from Cannibal Island, The (Jimssoft)

  • Escape from Pirate’s Isle (Bjorn Gustavsson)

  • First Days in Eden (L Steven Cheairs)

  • Castle Darkholm Chapter 2 - Gateway to Darkness (Randy A Cook)

  • Gerry’s Place (Gerry)

  • Ghost Town (Scott Adams)

  • Golden Voyage (William Demas)

  • Great Avocado Adventure, The (G&T Software)

  • Great White North Adventure!, The (Poor Richard)

  • Incredible Hulk, The (Scott Adams)

  • Investigator, The (Lucille F Rock)

  • Knight Ironheart (Markus Weiand)

  • Last Mission (Michael Zapf, Jochen Schmitt)

  • Locked Room, The (Chris Schneider)

  • Lost Dutchman’s Mine (Cleveland M Blakemore)

  • Lost Gold (Ray Price)

  • Matilda’s Dilemma (Bob Viering)

  • Mine (Drax)

  • Mission Impossible (Scott Adams)

  • Monkey Island (unknown)

  • Moon Adventure (RT)

  • Mystery Fun House (Scott Adams)

  • Mystery Island (Stuart George)

  • Mystery of Captain Kidd, The (Jimssoft)

  • Nessy (Michael Scharnowski)

  • Oliver’s Twist (Mickey Schmitt, Lynn Gardner)

  • On the Loose (Lucille F Rock)

  • Pirate Adventure (Scott Adams, Alexis Adams)

  • Pyramid of Doom (Alvin Files)

  • Rattlesnake Bend (Mickey Schmitt)

  • Ridgemont High (Sabotage Software)

  • Sample adventure for ScottCom (Stuart George)

  • Savage Island Part 1 (Scott Adams)

  • Savage Island Part 2 (Scott Adams, Russ Wetmore)

  • Simon and Simon Investigations - Case 1 (Mickey Schmitt, Rick Colledge)

  • Simple Adventure (Ben Yates, Julie Yates)

  • Sorcerer of Claymorgue Castle (Scott Adams)

  • Spider-man (Scott Adams)

  • Stafford Predicament, The (Chris Schneider)

  • Strange Odyssey (Scott Adams)

  • Tomb of the Gray Elf (John Stephens)

  • Travelling (Christian Gusenbauer)

  • Voodoo Castle (Scott Adams, Alexis Adams)

  • Witch’s Brew (David L R Bishop)

  • Wizard’s End (David L R Bishop)

  • World Destruction (unknown)

  • Zoom Flume (Lynn Gardner)

These are the ones I’ve been able to find on various TI-99/4a archives. If you know of any others, please share here.

I haven’t included Return to Pirate’s Island (Scott Adams), as this was on a cartridge that probably used the SAGA format, rather than the earlier text-only SACA format.

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This is a good thread to have! I should probably learn to use the term “SACA format” :slight_smile: for the TRS-80 text data files.

Are we sure about Nessy being authored by Michael Scharnowski? The last text message in the game file reads:

DIESES ADVENTURE HABE ICH AM 27.3.1985 AN HERRN GEORG KUEPPERS , KELSTERBACHER STR.28 , 5138 HEINSBERG - GREBBEN VERKAUFT. DATENTRAEGER WAR EINE KASSETTE.

…which Google Translate somewhat unhelpfully translates to:

I HAD THIS ADVENTURE ON 27.3.1985 AND HERRN GEORG KUEPPERS, KELSTERBACHER STR.28, 5138 HEINSBERG - GREBBEN SOLD. DATA CARRIER WAS A CASSETTE.

Maybe this is just some pirate vandalism, but I found it strange.

Google bungled the small but crucial detail that Mr Scharnowski was the one who sold it. The correct translation is:

But I’m not quite sure what this actually implies in the context. Maybe Mr Scharnowski sold the distribution rights to Mr Kueppers? Or maybe it was like copy protection - he made a personalised copy for Mr Kueppers, so that the latter wouldn’t let others pirate his copy? (I’m totally unfamiliar with the TI-99 scene.)

It seems safe to say that Mr Scharnowski wrote it, since there’s some evidence from the screenshots on the CASA page for the game: :: CASA :: Nessy

The title screen says “© by Michael Scharnowski” and gives an address and a phone number in Berlin.
Interestingly, the next screen says “Welcome to Mike's Adventure 1, 'NESSY', dedicated to GEORG KUEPPERS 27.3.1985”. Maybe the dedication plus the selling bit above mean that it was a sort of commissioned work or a personal favour?

Georg Kueppers (actually, Küppers, the “ue” is a substitute for the correct umlaut “ü”) seems to have been an active member in a TI-99/4a user club called “Rex-Soft”. The Internet Archive, quite amazingly, has issues of the magazine “TI-Revue”, and issue 1986-04 has a small ad from Mr Küppers where he says that he has made a leaflet with an overview of all existing TI-clubs.

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That’s a good bit of investigative work. Thanks for that.

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Years ago, someone sent me an archive of adventure module games.
The games on this list are included, and I think there may be others you haven’t discovered yet.
I’d upload it here, but I can’t seem to get the upload button to work.

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How exactly is the Upload button failing for you? What happens when you click it?

What type of file are you trying to upload?