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29-12-2012 (Gunness)

Well, here we are again, just in time to wish everybody a merry Christmas and happy New Year, hopefully with many great adventuring sessions in front of the computer in 2013!
Thanks to all contributors, and to all you users out there who are keeping this site alive.

A special mention this time around to all people involved in putting the final nails in the coffin of Holy Horrors. A lot of people on our forum have struggled with this Beeb title for years, and finally Alex took a look at the game code and provided the steps needed to get us across the finishing line. Let's see what 2013 has in store for us.
Contributors: Alastair, Alex, dave

19-11-2012 (Alastair)

It has been a while since the last update but as you can see below there have been many additions to the site in the intervening period. Notably, these additions have helped push the number of games recorded in the archive to over 5,300.

Contributors: Gunness, Alastair, Amby, iamaran, Alex, dave, Dorothy

04-10-2012 (Gunness)

Don't worry, we're not going political here. But with Obama and Romney duking it out in a short while, this seemed like an excellent opportunity to remind our users of our own voting system - the game ratings. This isn't being used quite as much as we'd hoped for, but maybe with a collective effort we can change this. Change! (Drum roll). (I thought about another logo saying "Vote - it's your future", but that seemed somewhat over the top)

The ratings are only as useful as the users make them, so whenever you come across a game you know, please go ahead and rate it. You need to be registered to use the ratings system, but after that, you can rate as many games as you like. Won't cost you anything other than a few seconds spent.

The more the ratings are used, the easier it is for you users out there to pick new games to play. Easy peasy!

Contributors: ahope1, Phoebe Fuentes, Juan, terri, Alex, Dorothy

02-10-2012 (Alastair)

No obscure computers added this time, just lots of games, solutions, and hints.

Contributors: Gunness, gamingafter40, Alex, Amby, dave, terri, pippa, devwebcl, ASchultz, Dorothy

10-09-2012 (Gunness)

During the last weeks we've made an extra effort to dig up games for the Australian computer, Microbee. So far we've made it to 20. There are quite a lot more, but so far all seem to be unofficial ports. Feel free to jump in and get solving!

Contributors: gamingafter40, Gunness, dave, Amby

31-08-2012 (dave)

A little spark of interest and a further selection of games have been added. We've recently added a selection of games from hand held computers, like the Psion II, Psion 3, Psion 5 and the Palm Pilot.

Also we've added details about some of the Heyley Software games for the BBC that have only just been recovered after being missing for 25 years!

Contributors: Gunness, pippa, Alastair, Alex, Juan, Dorothy, dwest

20-08-2012 (Gunness)

New games aren't coming in as quick as before, but we've now made it to exactly 5,200 games. And existing titles are updated on a daily basis.

Contributors: Gunness, pippa, dave, Mr Creosote, Alex, Dorothy, terri, Juan

02-08-2012 (dave)

Another quick update to say that we are still around and still churning stuff over. In this latest update we find that the confusion over the plethora of Spectrum games based on the TV show The Prisoner has been resolved...

Contributors: dave, SDon78, gamingafter40, iamaran, Alex, Dorothy, terri, einar

18-07-2012 (Alastair)

Things are a little quiet at the moment but various items are still being added to the site. Here are the latest additions:

Contributors: iamaran, gamingafter40, Alastair

04-06-2012 (Gunness)

It's been a while since our latest update. Apart from updating the games themselves, we spend quite a lot of time locating the authors of those classic titles. One of those is David Karam, the author of the huge TRS-80 CoCo game To Preserve Quandic. I've added his notes about the game to the site and we'll continue the search for authors, young and old.
As always, thanks to all contributors!

Contributors: Gunness, Alastair, iamaran, Juan, gamingafter40, Quantum, Dorothy, Alex

08-05-2012 (Alastair)

Today's update includes something that we haven't seen since March last year. So many thanks to Quantum for submitting a review of Cutthroats.

Contributors: iamaran, Gunness, Quantum, Alastair, IstenNyila, Dorothy, gamingafter40, terri, Alex

23-04-2012 (Gunness)

It's been a while since our latest update, but a lot of titles have been added.

Contributors: Gunness, iamaran, dave, pippa, Dorothy, Ambat Sasi Nair

01-04-2012 (Alastair)

As April begins we pass another milestone, with over 2,500 solutions in the archive. Now many visitors to this site will know that these days there is more to CASA than just solutions, we aim to catalogue every text, or text-like, adventure ever conceived but this does mean that the name Classic Adventures Solution Archive is no longer an accurate description of the site. So here is a small plea, if you can think of a backronym of CASA that better describes this site please post your suggestion or suggestions to the forum thread, thank you.

Contributors: Gunness, iamaran, dave, Dorothy, gamingafter40

16-03-2012 (Gunness)

Last time I did a top three of our largest platforms, but I must need new glasses (I do, as a matter of fact), because I completely overlooked the BBC/Electron (392 games) and PC (377 games).

Among the games added lately are three lost or unreleased titles from Brian Howarth (Beyond the Infinite, Midwinter and After the Fire. I've been trying to locate him, but anyone having additional info, please step forward.

I've also added some notes from author Barrie Eaton, who has also supplied additional info on his games.

Contributors: Alastair, Gunness, gamingafter40, Dorothy, pgb22

01-03-2012 (Gunness)

Well, well, well, what do you know - our count of Commodore 64 titles has risen steadily lately and has now climbed past 1,000. Special thanks to iamaran for a major effort in this area!
The C64 is now our second-largest platform, with a long way to go to number 1, Spectrum (2,105 games and counting), but larger than Atari 400/800 (548 games), Amstrad CPC (373) and Z-Machine (334). That last number only covers a fraction of the Inform games out there, but more are being added all the time.

Contributors: Gunness, iamaran, Dorothy, Alastair

27-02-2012 (Gunness)

There's been a lot of activity lately, so without further ado, here's the latest round of additions for your viewing pleasure.

Contributors: Gunness, einar, iamaran, rwap, Dorothy, IstenNyila, barrie.eaton, gamingafter40, Alastair, ballyhoo2000

09-02-2012 (Gunness)

A heap of new titles, mainly C64 ones located by iamaram, have been added.

Contributors: Gunness, iamaran, rwap, Alastair

02-02-2012 (Gunness)

We've added a bunch of Sinclair QL titles, and the rest (?) of the parser-based Sierra games as well. As my esteemed co-editor Alastair pointed out a short while ago [actually it was Mr Creosote, on the forum, who first pointed this out - Alastair], the early Sierra titles used a normal text input interface, and though I used to vehemently deny that they belonged here, I'll have to eat my words again.
But the problem is an interesting one - what games qualify to be included here? There are an awful lot of borderline titles, with various degrees of joystick control, graphics interface, multiple choice selection and what have you. The verdict isn't in yet :)

Contributors: Gunness, rwap, Juan, Ambat Sasi Nair, IstenNyila, iamaran, gamingafter40, Alastair, terri, Alex

20-01-2012 (Alastair)

There are now over 5050 games and over 2400 solutions in the database. Among the games added to the site during the past few weeks are the various non-point-and-click Quest adventures by Sierra On-Line (and there I was thinking that all of their Quest games were point-and-click).

Contributors: Gunness, iamaran, Alastair, gamingafter40, IstenNyila, Alex, Dorothy, FijneWIET

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Treasury of Zan, The


Rumours of a lost city, its treasures and artefacts, have brought you to the legendary Barren Desert. After a frustrating day searching, a common occurrence for any archaeologist, you find that you have lost your way. With your car low on petrol you coast to a stop and check your maps, nothing appears familiar, then the car's engine splutters and dies.


For this game to work on a hard drive all of the game's files must be placed in a directory of the C: partition. (Or if using DOSBox, or similar, then whichever partition the game is in must be mounted as the C: partition.)

The left and right taillights of the car are non-obvious objects that are not mentioned in any previous description in the game. This is unfortunate as knowledge of the left taillight is necessary for the completion of the game. It is possible that some documentation within the game's box mentions the left taillight and that this is an anti-piracy measure (akin to most Infocom adventures), but this is speculation.

A bug within the game may sometimes prevent the mention of an object in the "Display Area" but a player can still obtain the object with "get all".

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