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Adventure at Vandenberg A.F.B.

by Tom Hudson

1984

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About the Story

You're a nosy reporter for the Daily Babble, a large metropolitan gossip tabloid, following a hot story. You've overheard several terrorists discussing a diabolical plot: the destruction of the Air Force's newest space shuttle seconds before launch! The bomb has already been placed somewhere on the base, its timer set to detonate at 09:00.

Shocked, you rush to the local police station, to warn them to stop the launch. Unfortunately, they've read your stories about Bigfoot actually being a UFO alien, and they won't believe the shuttle story, either. Now it's up to you alone to save the shuttle and its five crew members.

Using all your reporter's cunning, you manage to sneak past the gate guards. You duck into a small storage shed, knowing that the hardest part of your job is still ahead of you.

And you've only got one hour.

This was originally published in ANALOG Computing, issue 27, February 1985, pp. 73-6, 78-80.


Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: Unknown
License: Freeware
Development System: Atari BASIC
Baf's Guide ID: 972
IFID: Unknown
TUID: a1wakyxgrjz7xgig

Editorial Reviews

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Magazine Adventures
As a reporter for the 'Daily Babble', it is your job to follow up on a hot story. In doing so, you overhear some terrorists discussing a plot to destroy the Air Force's newest space shuttle. A bomb has been placed somewhere on the Air Force base and it is set to go off at 9 o'clock just seconds before the launch. When you report this to the local police station, they won't believe you. (They must have read your stories about Bigfoot being an alien.) So it's up to you to save the space shuttle all by yourself!

Tom Hudson is a long time staff member of A.N.A.L.O.G. and has built up an almost cult following with his numerous tutorials, programmer's aids and especially his machine language arcade games. He was never thrilled about Adventures until he played Brian Moriarty's Crash Dive! He enjoyed it so much that he went back and played Adventure in the Fifth Dimension. He was hooked. Writing an Adventure was obviously the next step and Adventure at Vandenberg A.F.B. is the result. It is based around the same structure as Brian Moriarty's Adventure in the Fifth Dimension and was inspired by the space shuttle complex at Vandenberg Air Force Base. This one's quite hard in the early stages. Be prepared to die a lot!
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