COMPUTER GAMES I PLAYED A LOT AS A KID BUT NEVER HEAR ANYONE ELSE TALK ABOUT EVER

I couldn't have been the only one.
  1. 3 in Three
    Or was it Three in 3? Storyline: late at night, the office computer goes haywire, and a lone 3 bounces out of a spreadsheet and into the dark and mysterious recesses of the computer. Lots of simple but elegant logic puzzles to solve, each unlocking new levels. Other numbers and letters offering criticism and/or dry wit with each level. But then there was this bug, and the only level that was open had no puzzle. SO I'VE BEEN WONDERING ABOUT IT FOR 24 YEARS.
  2. Glider (and Glider Pro)
    The shareware version was so much fun, we had to upgrade. Using the arrow keys to safely glide a paper airplane through rooms of a middle class home set with benign-seeming but totally dangerous traps! Fans that blow you into candles that set you on fire, ceiling drips that require perfect timing to avoid. Weird little things will trigger memories of this.
  3. Aperion, Chiral, and other classics from Ambrosia software
    Dad's favorites. They were mostly rip-offs of classic arcade games -- I didn't realize that Aperion was just Centipede until years later. Chiral involved making molecules from atoms before the timer ran out.
  4. Crystal Quest
    This might have also been an arcade knock-off. But the Mac LC was my arcade. Also worth noting Stooge Quest, which was just Crystal Quest but with sound effects from The 3 Stooges. Stooge sprites, if you will.