Advertised in Home Computer Weekly issue 104, Rhyme Land was to be an educational game where children can deveop their skills of logic and deduction, improve their reading and spelling, and at the same time have tremendous fun.
There were 33 locations to explore with colourful graphics, but what happened to this exciting game? :-)
Unfortunately it seems that none of the C64, Amstrad, MSX or Spectrum conversions ever surfaced and this one is very much at large. Did it get completed for any of the platforms.
In the advert, it seems to be C64 screenshots that are shown … which don’t look particularly impressive for 1985, with use of the standard Commodore ROM character set it seems.
Thanks very much to Lee Heise, we were able to make full quality scans from a very rare Anirog brochure, which shows another screenshot and also some high quality artwork that would have been on the final cover.
We were lucky to see one of the developers, Roger Clements, come forward and reveal that the game was released on their own label “The Jolly Rogers” originally in 1984 under the name of My First Adventure, before Anirog released the game. Sadly they didn’t see any payment for the game.
But the great news is that My First Adventure exists and has already been preserved. So Rhyme Land has been within our grasp all along! So see the download if you want to check it out for yourself.
The entry will be kept open, just in case the Anirog version of the game is located. It is believed a few copies sneaked out.
Contributions: Lee Heise, Roger Clements