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As a Special Senate Investigator, you have been sent to Asia on a mission to gather important information. You must report to the Foreign Aid Committee shortly on whether or not to grant additional funds to the needy countries of the continent. Learn about different Asian countries and their location as you travel. You must hurry because there is not much time before the committee will meet. (Novice)
A trivial and primitive game, designed to teach children geography. Most "rooms" consist of entire countries. Two-word parser, plays only in 40-column mode.
-- Carl Muckenhoupt
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The Asian Challenge is remarkably similar to the author's South America Trek, except this time your fact-finding mission is about Asia, you're starting in Istanbul, the geography teacher you'll meet is a Mr. Piddlebush, and the submarine you have to signal is in the Indian Ocean.
Once again, make a map. Asia's a big place, even with some countries reduced to one or two locations apiece. Some of the wandering around is a bit more fun this time: you get to ride a magic carpet, a camel, and several types of boat in the course of your "investigations".
What is perhaps more curious is comparing this untroubled minimalistic Asia of yesteryear with the one that makes headlines in the news today. In this game, you wander through Syria, Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, etc. and there's not a hint of unrest anywhere. Oh, some places are communist, but that happens sometimes. What's not being said is probably a lot more important than what is said.
Still, it was interesting in its way. It's not every game that let's me "sail sampan".
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