Rodney's first game was released in 1992 by Activision and was designed to teach kids how to use a computer (it's amazing how unnecessary this kind of teaching tool is now). It does this through a series of simple mini-games.
From a carnival-inspired title screen, you are greeted by Mr. Archibald the Funscreen Man. There are five selectable games vying for your attention, each demanding "Pick Me" in a compressed speech. The first game, Dinky's House, is perhaps the most involved game so let's start there.
We begin outside the green-skinned creature's house and he wants to play a game. He closes all of the curtains and you have to find him by clicking on them, but if you're wrong, you're greeted with a drawing of an animal or alien.
Once you're done trying to find the sneaky bastard, you can enter his house via the icon on the right-hand side. There's no game here, but a sandbox of animations as Dinky goes about his daily life. Click on the fridge and he'll make a sandwich and follow it in one gulp. Click on the guitar and he'll show off some jams. Click on the shower and - OH GOD - he's bare-arsed naked! Look away!
The next game, Guess-O-Matic, is nothing more than a simple matching game, while Barber Joe is a painting tool themed around the facial hair of a bald man. Too Many Monsters is a counting game, where monsters arrive on screen in the most annoying way possible and you have to count them. After a while, the numbers at the bottom of the screen will decrease and a funny animation will play once they're all gone. Nothing too crazy happens which is a little disappointing.
Alphabees is a spelling game. You pick the letter that begins the word displayed on the picture. A dimwitted character named Alphabeep will speak out each word, but with the scratchy compression methods, it can be hard to hear at times. For every correct answer, Alphabeep moves one step closer to something he loves, like a keytar, his bed or his girlfriend.
Rodney's Funscreen may be the tamest of the three games, but it's not without weirdness. The games are very simplistic but I do think the target audience will get a kick out of them. For adults, I think it's very much experiencing the weirdness of it all, but the truth of the matter is you haven't seen nothin' yet...
To download the game, follow the link below. This custom installer exclusive to The Collection Chamber uses DOSBox to bring the game to modern systems. Tested on Windows 10.
File Size: 3.85 Mb. Install Size: 6.61 Mb. Need help? Consult the Collection Chamber FAQ
Rodney's Funscreen is © Art in the Box & Activision
Review, Cover Design and Installer created by me