Pazzman was a character my friend Karl and I invented. We used to make “Pazzman magazines” where Pazzman did terrible things, and we’d laugh ourselves sick.
You will need QBASIC.exe to run this game. I’ve not bundled it ‘cos I don’t know if that would be legal. QBasic runs just fine under DoxBox, even on a mac :-)
My 90s games were pretty juvenile, I’ve tried to keep them as-is but for the sake of conscience, I’ve sanitised the language a bit.
The preceeding game, Pub, used a fixed action list, but in Pazzman I implemented a basic verb-noun interface here, although still not a generic text parser. I always thought a generic text parser would be better, but it was beyond my programming skills at the time (and possibly now!). However, now I’m glad I didn’t (“you can’t get ye flask!”), Pazzman’s interface is actually quite good in my estimation, except needing to hit enter after every action - I think I used a generic prompt to gather input. That said, the game engine is buggy, and it “forgets” some stuff you do.
Pazzman gets bored in lessons, which triggers his… “quest”
Pazzman menaces the toilet
Pazzman causes trouble in class
Pazzman’s status screen
Handstands were a big feature of Pazzman comics