Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai, The Scott Adams and Phillip Case / Adventure International 1985

A tie-in to the 1984 cult film The Adventures of Buckaroo Bonzai Across the 8th Dimension, you play the ineffably cool Dr. Banzai: radical neurosurgeon, cutting-edge physicist, nemesis of nefarious criminal mastermind Hanoi Xan and lead guitarist of new-wave sensation the Hong Kong Cavaliers. (Unfortunately, you'll have to take our word for it, as the game doesn't make much use of these qualities.) As in the wacky movie, your goal here is ultimately to overcome a potentially planet-destroying bomb set by the Black Lectroids, inhabitants of Planet 10. Unlike the movie, you don't accomplish this by overcoming the Red Lectroids from the 8th Dimension with the assistance of Team Banzai and the Blue Blaze Irregulars - instead, in a Commander Keen fashion, you wander an eerily depopulated town to procure the necessary components (gasoline, sand, bauxite and "a special catalyst") to power up your oscillation overthruster-sporting jet-car and transmit cancellation codes to the bomb. Tiresome inventory management and Adventure International's characteristic primitive VERB NOUN text parser (illustrated, on some platforms, with static images) fill the game with stops and starts, making you sometimes forget in all the to-ing and fro-ing that you're playing the part of such a fascinating individual, but maintaining movies' pacing is a gentle art only being effectively engaged today, over two decades after this trailblazing game's effort.

See also: #Scott Adams Collection

Browser-Playable Version ( @ iFiction)
Full Demo (@ IFDB)
Included in Scott Adams Adventures folder of Infocom Universe Bootleg Full Demo (provided by Gr.Viper & uploaded by Molitor) 389MB

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