Day: December 3, 2007


Gianfranco Berardi, whose name I just love to type, is our winner! Here’s his winning email!


I was right about the first one. I found a website that hosted old
emulators and found Penny Arcade. I played it, and it looked incredibly
similar to the screen shot.

First game: Penny Arcade by Bill Budge

Second game: Rings of Zilfin by Ali N. Atabek of Strategic Simulations,

Third game: Styx by Matthew Smith of Bug-Byte Software Ltd

Since the second screen shot clues were later games by the authors, the
thing that these games all have in common is that they are the first or
early-made games by the authors.

Did I win? B-)

You are absolutely correct on all counts! A winner is you! Shine get! Flawless victory! Ding 70! You have ascended to Avatarhood!

I swear, next time I do this I’ll make it a little easier…

Name That Game 33! Updated with hints!

Okay, I have gotten ZERO entries in the Name That Game! 33 contest. In fact, all I’ve gotten are IMs from my friends saying “What the HELL?”

So it’s time to give some hints. Here are three new screenshots. Now, listen up, pilgrim – these are not screenshots from the three games you must guess. No, these are three screenshots from much more recognizable games that are related to the first three games in some way. By identifying the second screenshot and doing some research, you should be able to identify the first.

At least, I hope so. It would kind of suck for me to have created a contest that only I could ever possibly win.


Here is the screenshot for Game 1 again:

And here is the hint screenshot for Game 1:

Here is the screenshot for Game 2 again:

And here is the hint screenshot for Game 2:

Here is the screenshot for Game 3 again:

And finally, here is the hint screenshot for Game 3:

Original rules still stand – the first email I get at that correctly identifies the three games, their developers and tells me what they have in common will win the prize!