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The Cavern of The Evil Wizard

Have you ever seen the movie "Big" with Tom Hanks?



The kid in the movie, Josh Baskin, plays an old CGA PC text-adventure at the beginning. Ever since I first saw that movie in 1989 I've wanted to play that video game.

As it turns out, it's not a real game, just something they made up for the movie. Learning this, I just had to make it a reality.

Of course I had to fill in a lot of gaps. I call it "The Cavern of the Evil Wizard." I hope you enjoy it!

Play The Cavern of The Evil Wizard

Watch the original movie clip here [clip removed because of bandwidth overload]:

Here's a good analysis of the game's role in the movie:

"During the first scene I knew that the pc game he was playing to be a metaphor for the events yet to come. The ice melting puzzle is a metaphor for Josh being stuck in adolescence and how he wants to break free and become an adult. The Zoltar machine is his gateway into adulthood but is also a representation of childhood and innocence. In the end when Josh goes back to work on the puzzle and finds a way to melt the ice,he has learned that being a kid isn't so bad and the puzzle has been completed, therefore he can go back to being a child.

The basis behind the movie is the pc game. This game IS childhood. When he becomes an adult he leaves the game behind until his friend says something to him about being a kid. When he figures out the puzzle, he is going back to his childhood and realizing that its not over and he has soo much more time to enjoy childhood."


-Kayla Lukacs


Ok - I'll buy that. But could anyone tell me what that smile meant (maybe what he typed) after that night with...?
~ Submitted By: Caroline - 12/08/2014
DUDE YOU'RE AWESOME!!!!
~ Submitted By: emily - 07/12/2013
This is an event sponsored by Tom Hanks that benefits his actions with the Free Play Foundation
~ Submitted By: Mike Arledge - 02/28/2010
Nope, that's not the same game. Your dad was WRONG! ;)
~ Submitted By: Nick - 01/31/2010
My dad always told me that game was Wizard and the Princess. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wizard_and_the_Princess
~ Submitted By: Scythe - 01/30/2010

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