As a child, you spent most of your summers with your Aunt Hildegarde and Uncle Buddy. What memories! Uncle Buddy was a Hollywood big-shot, Aunt Hildegarde his loving (and very rich) wife. They had no children of their own, but you and your cousins loved their house, their parties, the Hollywood memorabilia, and them. Sure, Buddy and Hildy were a bit eccentric -- but that added to their charm.
Aunt Hildegarde kept the house when Uncle Buddy passed away. And now that she's suddenly died, you remember her unusual will. You will inherit the entire estate -- probably worth millions if you can spend just one night in the house and on the grounds, find a treasure or two. But if you can't then you inherit nothing.
And so Hollywood Hijinx begins with you being dropped off in front of a dark house, not to far from Hollywood ...
Matthew Murray's review says it all about this fun, "light" adventure game from Infocom:
"Though it could be viewed as simply another treasure hunt game from Infocom, Hollywood Hijinx stood out from the others, such as the Zork series in very distinct ways, not the least of which is the interesting, funny, and clearly-defined plot. Taking place in the mansion of a Hollywood B-movie mogul, the treasure hunt, which should end in your inheriting of your uncle's fortune, there are lots of period puzzles with interesting and unique solutions. The flavor of the 1950s was very well captured, not only in the use of colorful anecdotes and descriptive prose within the game itself, but also within the packaging which, more than just about any other Infocom game, provided the perfect atmosphere for the game. Though Hollywood Hijinx is not a difficult game, there are a few places in it that might give some trouble to gamers who attempt this otherwise light, funny, and entertaining game."
As a bonus, Holllywood Hijinx ships with some of the most elaborate feelies of all Infocom titles this side of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, including a funny, authentic-looking tabloid magazine.
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