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Fool's Errand Sequel Announced
6:00 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

Sixteen years after the release of the original, puzzle creator and game designer Cliff Johnson has announced a sequel to The Fool's Errand, one of the most memorable puzzle games in computing history.

The sequel, entitled The Fool And His Money, picks up where the original left off, with the player helping The Fool navigate and solve puzzles, riddles, word games, and various other mind games as he experiences the magic of a stack of tarot cards he picked up in a card game with the Hermit:

In the sequel, all new mind-ticklers await you (to unravel with discovery, wit, and aplomb!) and storytelling twists and turns reward you, for the Fool, counseled by the Moon, unwisely delays his return of the restored fourteen treasures to their rightful owners, and moreover, he dares to wield ancient Tarot magic to amass the true fortune he craves.

During The Fool's Errand, when the Fool finally beats the Hermit in a card game of Thoth, why is the Hermit so happy?

Having lost, the Hermit is set free from the ancient spell that bound him to the magical deck of cards. Having won, the Fool inadvertently gains possession of the cards. The enchantment and mystery of these cards is revealed in The Fool and his Money.

More to come.

Gameplay for this new title wil be similar in style to the previous version of the game, but with possibly much more elaborate puzzles, and a much deeper and richer environment:
Like Errand, you can read the story, play a puzzle, or, look at the map - this time it is the Moon who offers the Fool counsel and a new map to guide him. Unlike Errand, I've planned the whole thing in advance, though I only had 15 years to do so. I leap back and forth between creating the new art and programming the new puzzles. ... In Errand, the Hermit's game of Thoth used the 22 Major Arcana cards of the Tarot, and after the Fool won the game, he won the Tarot cards as well.

In Money, the Fool journeys once again to each of the four Kingdoms and ultimately wins all 78 cards, gaining 14 from each. Earning all the cards permits you to do Tarot readings to predict the Fool's future. This is particularly useful in auctions and other bartering opportunities, that is, if you can interpret the cards correctly.

Readers who may not remember the original game or who would like to revisit the classic old game can download the first version of the game for free, along with Cliff's other Macintosh titles, At The Carnival and 3 In Three for free from his website. The titles are OS 9 native, and run well under Classic. Click on the links below to download these games.

The Fool And His Money, which can be pre-ordered from Cliff's website for $25 US, is expected to be released on Halloween of this year. Both Mac and Windows versions are in the works. Stay tuned to IMG as further news on this new title evolves.

The Fool And His Money
Download The Fool's Errand, At The Carnival, 3 In Three
Cliff Johnson's Fool's Errand Website


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