Visiting the House of Fortunes at night, the player registers in a book his/her arrival along with other visitors. Rosemary welcomes the player and proposes five kinds of predictions of his/her fortune in a playable, interactive manner. These are Astrology, Crystal Ball, Numerology, I Ching, and Tarot. Each room has animations and all house residents talk to the player with their voices. The predictions are made based on the name and birthday of the player. However, the I Ching and Tarot types of predictions are based on the player's actions. The player has to toss coins in I Ching and draw cards in Tarot. A prediction summary of each type can be read on the computer display or printed as a hard copy.
One of Villa Crespo's most unknown games, Rosemary West's House of Fortunes is a good fortune teller program for DOS that packs a lot of options into a few floppy disks. The 'game' contains 4 traditional divining methods to deliver predictions based on your birthdate: astrology, I Ching, Tarot cards, and numerology. Even though I have very little interest in fortune telling, I couldn't help but appreciate the amount of time, effort, and research that apparently went into the creation of this neat little program. The graphics are attractive (in hi-res VGA, a mode that is not seen in many games), the predictions are detailed and can be printed if you would like to keep a hard copy, and the mouse-based interface is very easy to use.
If you have only a passing interest in various fortune telling disciplines, give this obscure game a try. Even if you are a skeptic like me, you will find the depth and breadth of its features both interesting and fun.
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