This Subreddit tracks down old video games you barely remember
If you’ve ever had trouble remembering the name of an old game, there’s a Subreddit for that.
For years, I had trouble remembering the name of an edutainment game I played as a kid.
All I remembered was that it came with a PC encyclopedia disc and seemed to have a fantastic aesthetic that combined elements of trivia and board games.
I knew you could choose from multiple characters (I was still the prophetess) and you had to collect gems, similar to the colorful corners of Trivial Pursuit.
The only phrase I remembered was “prophet, roll the dice!” “
I had never bumped into another person who vaguely remembered the game – but neither of us could remember the name.
After years of racking my brains (and realizing that it wasn’t Encarta’s Maze of the mind), it came to my attention that a specific Subreddit might help.
r / tip of my joystick is dedicated to helping people find games they cannot remember completely. All you have to do is post whatever information you have, or a screenshot, and community members come together to help.
It’s incredibly healthy and downright fascinating.
Although they can give very little information, there is a recommended guide for the best results. This includes specifying (if possible) the platform, genre, estimated release time, art style, and any notable character or gameplay mechanics.
Besides helping people find long-lost games, the Tipofmyjoystick has also managed to demystify at least one.
One of the posts pinned to the subreddit is titled The Evil Farming Game Has Been Found. Who am I to resist a title like that?
In my case, the response to my query was posted in less than a day. While one person asked if it was in fact Maze of the mind, another came to my rescue.
Turns out the game I was looking for was called FireFang: the quest for knowledge, and it was part of a PC version of Websters Encyclopedia.
If I can be bothered to install Windows 95 again, maybe I will start over. Even if I don’t, it’s good that this low-stakes mystery is solved.
So if you are trying to remember a game or want to help others find it, go for it!