EDIT: The Magic Telephone game (Part 1) has now been found!
Play it online here.
Okay, I thought it was time to put out another call for possibly one of the most mysteriously lost games in Beeb history. There are now quite a few mentions of The Magic Telephone Box online, but no sign of the actual program.
Here I've collected all the significant info on the game that I can find.
If you have a copy of the still-missing Part 2, please get in touch!
poink wrote:I have semi-fond memories of The Magic Telephone Part 1 (except for the scary crocodile!) It's a fairly traditional MODE 7(?) graphical adventure with comparatively reasonable puzzles.
In 2007, Waldo Jeffers wrote:Keen for a bit of nostalgia recently, I started Googling for a game I recall playing in primary school when I was 8 or 9 or so (about ten years ago) and have been desperate to play ever since. For some reason I'd not previously bothered to have a look around the 'Net - convinced that I was of its obscurity that nobody other than myself will have remembered it - but got some confirmation tonight about certain other details about it that I'd forgotten. For a start, its name: The Magic Telephone Box (I knew there was something red, and possibly magic, that your character travelled about in - seems so obvious now), characters called Mr. Red, Mr. Blue, Mr. Invisible and so on that lived in houses that corresponded to their colours, tying a dragon's tail to a tree to get at some treasure, a snake in a tree you feed an apple to make go away, and the fact that it was on the BBC Microcomputer (I wouldn't have had any idea at the time). Oh, and this annoying sobbing idiot who'd block your way from all sides if you didn't give her a hanky, effectively forcing you to start all over again.
LordTyranus wrote:I have a vivid memory of playing an educational type game in primary school, and I'm fairly certain it was on a BBC Micro B. From what I remember, it was an adventure/puzzle type of game, and the only scene I can remember is something to do with defeating a dragon, and rescuing the prince or someone important. The dragon was red, and lived in a large cave, and in the scene I can remember the "screen" on show had only the dragon's tail showing, out of the side of the cave, and you had to solve a puzzle before proceeding onto the next screen... Really sorry to dredge up this old post, but I know now what the game is called - "The Magic Telephone Box". Not only that but I may have tracked down a physical copy... (this game is not available anywhere on the internet, and I have spent considerable time searching for it) I'll keep you posted
Between 2005 and 2012, various people wrote:Anyone remember a cool little game called the magic telephone box? At least I think it was called that... It's probably around 12 - 16 years old, mind and I think it was on the old school BBC's or an Acorn. It was one of those east west north south pick up blaa di blaa games and there was a dragon in a cave guarding a treasure chest and you had to go round the cave and tie his tail to a tree so you could go in. // I think we played this at school back in the 80s. Did it also feature characters like Mr Red, Mr Blue, Mr Invisible etc who lived in houses that corresponded to their colours? I remember something about an apple tree and a crossroads too. I've been trying to get hold of it for the emulator but so far have had no success. // I remember this game. We did play it at school (late 80's early 90's) and I seem to remember it starting with the phone ringing and you had the option to answer it. There was a cat involved somewhere along the way and also maybe a well.
In 2013, Conk1 wrote:Does anyone here remember this game? It was a graphical text adventure with characters such as Mr. Red, Mr. Blue, Mr Invisible etc. I played it in school when I was very young and would love to give it a shot again.
And in 2012, thecresta wrote:All I want is for someone to find a working copy of "The Magic Telephone Box". Only when I get past that dragon will I be able to carry on with my life without the constant pain of defeat.
[EDIT: The Magic Telephone game (Part 1) has now been found! Play it online here.]