Today's Retro Tuesday is an old DOS game I loved as a kid called Fairy Godmom. It wasn't as well known as Doom or Mario Brothers but it was fun. Some games I can't forget and this was one of those games. It wasn't amazing, but it was fun and I spent many hours playing in on my old DOS machine.

Back in the day DOS systems had a few graphics layers. Basically at a certain point you had a CGA, EGA or VGA graphics card. Since we didn't have the top of the line computers for many years we have a DOS CGA computer. Many shareware games could run in CGA, EGA and VGA mode. VGA being the pinnacle of awesome computer graphics. I remember playing Commander Keen on a VGA system and the graphics blew my mind. Needless to say, it was many many years before we got a computer with a VGA graphics card.

Fairy Godmom was a game that I played in CGA graphics mode and I still had a great time playing it. The premise of the game is that you must free the other Fairy Godmothers. You had a magic wand you could use to sample a item and then transform anything into that item. So if you sampled a ladder, you could turn blocks and bad guys into a ladder. Fun the amount of puzzles that you can create from that. Since I had the Shareware version it came with the first level pack but I never actually complete all the levels to draw me to purchasing the real game. Many old games I never purchased because the free shareware copy game with plenty of game included.

Not a game I recommend booting DOSBox over, but something fun to consider from an age long since past. Doom on the other hand? Absolutely.

Cathy_Clouston wrote on 11/27/2018 at 12:36am

I LOVE this game. In fact, I just very recently (read yesterday) discovered there was such a thing as DOSBox and that F Godmom was still out there, avoiding crabs! So, I've downloaded DOSBox and relearned the DOS commands, good grief loaded FGodmom and have been playing almost non stop since! I discovered a few videos on YouTube, but nothing for the level I'm stuck on right now. I'm so frustrated. Doesn't anyone else play this game? Anyway, I'm looking for some help. John Blackwell didn't label the levels individually when he created the game, but I know it's beyond level 11 by a few. It might be 13, 14, 15 maybe, Around in there. Going to try posting a screen shot of the opening of the level, maybe you, or someone who is as obsessive and neurotic as I can help me out. There's got to be a better way than what I'm trying. I've made a video, just in case I find someone that can help, and I've added it to my YouTube channel. PLEASE please help an old lady out here. Please??

Cathy_Clouston wrote on 11/27/2018 at 12:39am

Tried posting a screenshot, and couldn't get it to work, but here's the addy for my YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XH45cIynTMA

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 11/27/2018 at 11:42pm

Hey Cathy, looks like a level I remember beating ALONG time ago but nothing comes to mind.

Good luck.

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