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Every silver lining has a cloud...

JUST WHEN A MAN THINKS HIS LUCK IS RUNNING OUT...

... things start getting even worse. He gets run over by a bus. Sprayed with cheese sandwich by a supernatural being. Smashed against a tunnel by a speeding train. He falls from two thousand feet into an artificial waterfall. He gets drunk, drowned and cursed. He gets incinerated, widdled on, folded,bent, spindled, mutilated and generally mucked about with.

And in return ?
In return he gets the leading role in a perplexing, hilarious race against time and chance, set in a jinxed land menaced by the impending death of good fortune.
Who are we talking about? Who is holding this box?
You guessed it.

Look on the bright side. It could be your luckiest move yet. Jinxter comes from Magnetic Scrolls, authors of international award-winning adventures The Pawn and The Guild of Thieves. It's more than a collection of crossword puzzles; it's a whole universe, where things behave as they do in the real world... with some alarming exceptions. Don't expect tiresome trolls, obvious orcs, silly spells and wet, wimpish witches in JINXTER. Infuriating, enchanting, absurd and hilarious by turns, JINXTER will surprise you with every move you make.

But don't forget: every lining has a cloud...

JINXTER - SOME PEOPLE HAVE ALL THE LUCK.

Game facts
Released:
1987
Distributor:
Rainbird (Europe) / Firebird (US)
Story:
Georgina Sinclair, Michael Bywater
Graphics:
?
Programming:
Michael Bywater
Music:
John Molloy
Goodies:
Michael Bywater
Platforms:
Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Amstrad PCW, Apple 2, Archimedes, Atari ST, Atari XL/XE, Commodore 64/128, Macintosh, IBM PC, Spectrum +3
Game box contents:
Magazine "The Independent Guardian", Staff Memo, Adventure Guide, Beer mat "Old Moose Bolter", Disk
Game box:
Standard Rainbird/Firebird blue box ( 15.2 cm x 21.4 cm - 6" x 8.5" )
Known game versions
1.01
Amiga
1.05
Amiga, Amstrad PCW, Apple 2, Atari ST, C64, IBM PC, Spectrum +3
1.1
IBM PC
1.2
Amiga
1.22
Atari XL, Macintosh, Amstrad CPC
1.3
Archimedes
Game box contents

Amiga

Atari ST

C64

Apple II

Atari XL/XE

Amiga

IBM PC

Amstrad PCW

Archimedes

Amstrad CPC
Trivia
  • The german version of Jinxter came with a german issue of The Independent Guardian
  • The french version of Jinxter came with a small booklet which summerized the most important parts of The Independent Guardian
  • There exist three variants of the Old Moose Bolter beer mat (at least).
  • The working title of Jinxter was "Green Magic". At the beginning the game was developed by Giorgina Sinclair. When the release date drew nearer Michael Bywater jumped in to rework the scripts and design the game goodies.
  • Buried in the Amiga version is an unused image. The image is not included with the 8bit releases. It is not known if it is actually belonging to a location in the game or just a left-over.
Downloads - Walkthroughs, Solutions, and more...

Solution

Walkthrough

Password list

Map (donated by Matej Pokorn and Helena Kenda)

Ami Cheat's Page Solve

The original music score of Jinxter in DeliTracker custom format. To play use e.g. Deliplayer or UADE

Official Jinxter solution book

Articles & reviews