Our next entry into the archive come thanks to Gareth Pitchford, who flagged up this currently missing text adventure game by Dean Hodgson and Steve Walsh.
The game was reportedly published Satchel, who were a software arm of Angle Park Computing Centre in South Australia. It was illustrated adventure game based meticulously upon the novel ‘The Lost World’ by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Just to note that this isn’t the same game as Walter Pooley’s The Lost World.
The game is currently missing it seems on all formats, including PC and Amiga. It is possible that the game did see release, but just in very limited numbers.
We have added a scan of the review and screenshot which Gareth pointed out to us that was published in Compute! magazine in May 1993. Did you happen to purchase a copy and can you help us preserve the title?
EDIT (06/12/2021) – Contributor Rio Baan from Gamebase64 has confirmed that they have recovered the game and it will be appearing in Gamebase v18. The game was released as part of a Satchel disk called “Classic Fantasies” with two other games – “Journey to the Center of the Earth” and “The Time Machine” … sadly the latter is corrupted on the disk. Case closed, but can you help us recover “The Time Machine”?
Contributions: Gareth Pitchford, Rio Baan
This game is actually a part of a Satchel disk called “Classic Fantasies” that I also unearthed at the same time as Anna. It includes three adventure games – based on classic fantasies – including “Lost World”, “Journey to the Center of the Earth” and “The Time Machine”.
That’s the good news. The bad news was that the disk was corrupted over “The Time Machine” data and no matter what I did I couldn’t get a good read of it.
So we have at least two of the adventures working from the disk (and will make an appearance in GB64 v18), but I don’t like my chances of finding another copy of the disk with a working time machine. Will probably need said time machine to find one!
That is fantastic to hear Rio! Updating the page now, but a huge shame about The Time Machine. Hopefully it will turn up somewhere in the future – there is hope at least considering this has turned up.