So this game is apparently rare. How rare? Like uber super mega crazy rare – the holy grail of PC Collectors. There is no info on numbers, but there are several existing references to a copy of the game selling on eBay for $2,034 in 2007.
The game itself is a 1991 click-and-go adventure game, the elements and idea of which were much inspired by Lewis Carrol’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. It was designed for Windows 3.x and later released for the Windows 95 platform.
You wander through a mansion of twelve rooms including a gallery, an atelier, a wine cellar and a photo studio. Each room is interconnected via halls, doors, and secret passages – one of which leads to the outside world. As you wander, the goal is to search for a deck of playing cards, upon which are clues which will lead to The Last Room and the end game.
If you’ve ever played those Mysteryhunt Casefile or any other hidden item games that my wife loves, think of this as an early, but much more in depth predecessor. One that is significantly harder with lots of creepy imagery.
Auction is here – Currently just over $100 with two days to go. I expect this one to see action at the last minute, although it remains to be seen if it comes anywhere near the price I mentioned about. As it stands, you’ll get a lot of people like me who will bid because it could be useful for trade bait at some point down the line.
There are several copies on amazon too if you’re trying to establish a common asking price. Prices range from $448.95 – $899.28. The cheapest one currently includes everything, but the outer box has three pieces of tape. Again though, it’s all about selling price, not asking.