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I decided to start doing some entries on c64 games, because who else would?



"Donald Duck's Playground" is one of those games I didn't own but was on one of my school computers. I think it was considered educational because it deals with money counting. It was a fun game to play at the time but in retrospect I think this game invented the "sandbox" genre so it's even more interesting to look back upon. Although we could say it's incidental and probably didn't inspire any followup, it's rather impressive how unique this title was for its time. You have the city with various jobs to do, pretty fun and all quite comical. With the money you earn you buy playground equipment for your nethews. Then, you get to play around on them (as the nethews) The gameplay is simple throughout and varied. A note and a bit of videogame history here; this game was programmed and designed by Al Lowe, who was Disney's goto guy for a little while for c64 games. he programmed several early Sierra games such as Police Quest and was the main designer and director for the Leisure Suit Larry series.




NOTE: You can get the IBM PCjr (vaporware) version here: http://www.allowe.com/More/download.htm - It plays about the same

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