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Date: Fri Jun 16 23:48:08 2000

In a message dated 06/16/2000 9:53:28 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

> This is too cool. Advertised in the Dec/82 issue of Computers &
> Electronics, there's an ad on page 67 for a game for the TS-1000/ZX-81
> called Krakit. It's a puzzle type adventure game. What makes it special
> is that the publisher put up a $20,000 prize for the first person who
> could crack it.
> "KRAKIT consists of 12 clues on a ready-to-run ZX81 or TS1000 cassette
> tape (16k RAM). The answer to each clue is the name of a country, or a
> city or town, and a number. If you are the first qualified entrant to
> solve all 12 clues and declared the winner, you receive two tickets to the
> city of the secret KRAKIT vault location. When you arrive at that
> location, a check for a minimum amount of $20,000.00 (U.S.) will be
> presented to you. The amount of the prize money is augmented weekly."
> Has anyone ever heard of this? Did anyone ever crack it?

Sellam, if you ever read any of the Timex Sinclair related mags you would be
blown away.

Not too long ago on this ng the TS1000/ZX81 was voted "most limited" small
computer. Bull. Thousands of third-party developers of hardware and
software produced every imaginable type of product for this machine.

As regards Krakit, to my knowledge no one ever cracked it. I'll put out some

> This game was published by International Publishing & Software Inc. It
> seems like an awful lot of money for a relatively unknown outfit to be
> offering. I wonder if it wasn't all just a sham, i.e. one of the clues
> was so hard as to be impossible to solve :)

I don't think it was a sham, it just didn't go over very well.
> If anyone has this game I'd like to have a copy of it.

Do you have a machine to run it on?

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