Creating this game was truly a fool’s errand.
I had been a professional filmmaker/animator for two decades. I knew nothing about computers. And even less about the computer gaming industry.
As fate would have it, I bought a Mac 512K in 1984. Then I received MS-Basic as a Christmas gift that same year. And despite my better instincts, I found myself tinkering with programming. I was hooked.
Jimmy Maher tells the tale in his article Cliff Johnson’s Fool’s Errand in his The Digital Antiquarian blog.
A shadow falls over the
Land. Its people grow eccentric and forgetful.
Hidden enchantments prevent safe passage
along familiar paths. The four Kingdoms
are on the verge of war.
Only the magic of the Sun’s map can
undo this treachery. And this map is held
by a wandering Fool who seeks his fortune.
1988 MacUser - 5 Mice
1988 MacWorld - Game Hall of Fame
1989 GAMES Magazine - Best Puzzle