Video Game: Clyde's Adventure
Clyde's Adventure is a platform computer game released by Moonlite Software in 1992. The objective of the game is to explore castles, collect gems, and find the exit. Clyde, the main character, has a supply of energy that depletes whenever he walks, jumps, or falls from a great height. If his energy reaches 0, it causes Clyde to die with a shriek. With no "enemies," Clyde's Adventure is predominantly a puzzle game. The challenge comes from avoiding traps, using Clyde's magic wand to manipulate the environment, and finding the most efficient route before Clyde runs out of energy.The game has two chapters, each containing 16 castles:
- Episode 1: Lost Treasure of Tahookaboo
- Episode 2: The Vanished King
This Video Game contains examples of:
- Episodic Game: There are two episodes making up this game.
- Frictionless Ice: Clyde will slide at a constant speed on ice, even if he lands on it directly from above. He can freely change his direction while on it, though.
- Gotta Catch Them All: You must find all the gems in each castle.
- Hint System: There are notes on the walls that provide often vague hints, funny statements, or mock you for trapping yourself (see Trial-and-Error Gameplay below).
- MacGuffin: You find a treasure in each castle. They serve no purpose beyond that.
- Pixel Hunt: Much of the time you have to locate triggers for the appearing/disappearing walls/floors mentioned below or hidden teleporters (and hope they're in your favor). The Hint System helps a little.
- Trial-and-Error Gameplay: A central mechanic. Mostly in the form of walls and floors that materialize out of or disappear into thin air, called "magic" by the Hint System. A wall might suddenly appear behind Clyde in a dead end or disappear in front of him, sometimes both. A platform might appear as Clyde jumps or disappear under his feet, which might send him into the intended path or Spikes of Doom. Some teleporters send Clyde into inescapable rooms as well.
- Wizard Needs Food Badly: Clyde has an Energy Meter that depletes very fast as he walks, jumps, and falls (and touches Spikes of Doom in later levels). He needs to collect dots of energy to replenish it.