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Beautiful hand written walkthrough found in an old PC game box

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Young readers will just take things like YouTube walkthroughs, or even sites like GameFAQs for granted, but old heads will remember the days when finding their way through a video game was hard work. Which could, in rare cases like this, also be beautiful job.

Reddit user vadermeer was visiting a Salvation Army in the Seattle area the other day when they came across a boxed copy of the adventure game Frankenstein: Through the eyes of the monster, perhaps best known for starring Tim Curry as Dr. Frankenstein.

Upon purchasing it and bringing it home, they discovered that inside the box there was not just a copy of the game, but a few delightful handwritten notes guiding the player through the puzzles, mostly written with text, but also with some accompanying diagrams.

Funny how something was written in the mid 90s may look almost like a sacred religious text in 2021, but such has been the transformation in the way we find this stuff (and the way our handwriting has collectively vested in) that calling it a sacred text hasn’t is not too far from the truth. If you try to finish Frankenstein: Through the eyes of the monster, at least.

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And while it might seem a bit tedious to have a visual game described in such laborious, text-rich terms, again, it was like that back then! I remember me and my friends trying to play LucasArts adventure games like kids, and the only way we could ever finish them would be to call other people on the phone and have them sit there and tell you, “OK, so you use the thing on this thing, then you have to go here, then do this thing,”All this time I’m sitting there furiously write notes.

vadermeer was kind enough to scan and download the entire walkthrough at archive.org, so you can read it below or, if the integration doesn’t work, go here instead.


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