1. lordelan

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    Hi guys,
    I hope you can help me out.
    Back in the days of Windows 3.1(1) we used to have a cool advent calendar program on our family PC and I can't figure out what it was called.
    Unfortunately I don't know much about it.
    There was a spaceman flying around and in one of the doors there was a b/w image for the user to apply colors to it.
    The calendar itself was a snowy house with the numbers being on the doors and windows iirc.
    Also it could be the case that it was a promotional game of intel or a specific printer brand. Not sure about that one as well (I mean that was like more than 20 years ago).
    Would be awesome if you can help me find that one!

    Edit: I think it was this spaceman image:
    [​IMG]
    but without the background and it was not animated or something ... just that sprite moving across the screen
     
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    Oh derp.... sorry!
     
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    Might be on the WinWorldPC archive?
     
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    Nice site but unfortunately it doesn't seem to be up there. :(
    I'm looking for it almost daily with new keywords for google's image search but can't find it. Argh!
     
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    I've been doing some searches. I found a lot of rare software, but not what you're looking for. I use DuckDuckGo, and I still can't find it. Do you remember how your family got this program?
     
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    Not at all. It was on floppy disk and somehow it was among all other software floppy disks that we had. :(

    I'm still somehow thinking it was an advertise game for Intel or a printer brand but really not sure about that. It's been 25 years and I was very young. :(
    But thanks for helping me!
     
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    No idea what it could be, but good luck finding it. I took a quick look in a few other places, archive.org had a whole 1 thing for Advent Calendars that I found for 3.11, but it looks like this so I assume it's not it:
    [​IMG]

    :P

    If I had to guess, it probably wasn't some widely distributed program, I wouldn't be surprised if it was like some random thing developed by a guy from a church group or something to try and cash in on the "home computer" craze in the early 90s.
     
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    Some new life in my thread, thank you very much for trying to help me guys! :)
    Yes. But it's not there. :(

    That's not my game either.
    Maybe you're right although it was pretty polished and looked way better than your screenshot.
    May I ask the source of your screenshot though?
     
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    It's a shame what all disappears, really. Some real good indie gems from MS-DOS days are gone forever. For instance, I remember a Pac-man clone which had a storyline and everything; it was laid out like a map and featured a queen ghost which you had to fight at the end. It was really fun, but sadly I don't think my family has it anymore. We stored a lot of old DOS programs on floppy disks, but I've searched them and didn't find it. Now even those disks are gone. :(
     
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    Absolutely. It's something that makes me very sad.
    Projects like archive.org are trying to make as many of those old gems available as possible but it seems like a few games like your pac man game or my advent calendar are gone forever.
    I'm not giving up yet though. Christmas time is coming and once again I'll spend hours digging on Google.
     
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    All right, maybe we can work this out...
    Can you remember anything about the name? If not the program name, then the file name? What extension did it have?

    Do you remember what was in the other doors? Could you change what the advent calendar looked like, or was it just one static layout? Was it fullscreen, or could it be windowed?

    What all kind of special extras did you get with other electronics (scanners, printers, keyboards, mice, etc.)? Perhaps it was an app that came with another game (like Commander Keen or some of the Webfoot Technologies games); do you remember other free extras or game bundles?

    Can you find and post here other images that you recall seeing in this advent calendar program?
     
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    First of all, thanks for your effort. It's really appreciated!
    I would say it was advent.exe but I'm really not sure.
    I'm pretty sure it was a 16 bit Windows 3.x application though.

    My memory definitely has its gaps.
    I think there was some sort of labyrinth in one door, then some black and white picture to draw out with colors. Not sure about the rest. :(

    No unfortunately not. I was very young and was only using my dad's PC. I think it might was some Epson, Canon or Intel ad game but I really can't tell.

    I can't. If I ever had found another image, I would have found the game I guess. Spent hours on Google trying to find something.
    I remember the background of the calendar being a great snowy white house though although that's pretty obvious.
     
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    Well, it's not much to go on, but maybe we can still find it? I may be doing some internet searches soon. Wish me luck! :ninja:
     
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