The Northeastern Pennsylvania Boy Scout Council has recently launched an adventure video game based on its summer camp, Goose Pond Scout Reservation. The game, entitled “Goose Pond: A Timeless Adventure,” is the first of its kind and runs on both Mac and PC computers with QuickTime. The goal of the game is to find bus tickets to the National Jamboree before time runs out.
In the game the player wakes up at 8:00 AM in camp and learns he has to find tickets for the last Jamboree bus before it leaves at 7:00 PM. The game runs in real time, with one second of real-world time equal to one second of game time. The game is a “first-person adventure game” styled in the popular format of Myst. As players walk around the old-style 1928 camp, they explore over 200 photo-realistic locations and earn Scout Spirit points by answering multiple-choice Scouting questions. Along the way, they must battle mosquitoes and skunks, figure out hints from camp staffers, and beat arcade challenges such as putting out fires, climbing towers, chopping logs, and beating Kim’s Game. Top scorers will be posted on the game’s Web site at http://gpsrcd.nepabsa.org.
The game also includes a virtual tour of the camp, recordings of songs from the camp, and online databases of the camp’s seasonal patches and the 900+ plaques troops have posted in the camp dining hall since 1952. The game’s computer disc can be ordered for $30.00 at http://gpsrcd.nepabsa.org/order.html and comes in an attractive case with a collectible patch in the cover. All disc sales proceeds benefit the Goose Pond Scout Reservation capital development fund.
A free try-before-you-buy version that covers the first 20% of the game can be downloaded at
http://www.download.com/ for the following operating systems:
Check it out today!