Scavengers of the Mutant World

One thing that I should probably be clearer about is that I swiped most of the campaign background from an obscure computer RPG from the 1980s called “Scavengers of the Mutant World”. Credit goes to Richard Launius, Bruce Beaumont, and Chris Stassen.

I picked this game up when I was a kid, and was greatly inspired by the “Briefing Report” included within. The Mission Overview on this gameblog is just a modified version of this report. Unfortunately, the game itself did not quite match up to my imagination (check out here for an extensive playtest review). But I was sure that there was potential…

Fast-forward about twenty-three (!) years, and I was looking for something to base my minimalist post-apocalyptic RPG around. I remembered Scavengers of the Mutant World, and dug the old game box out of the back of a closet at my parents’ house. Reading over the Briefing Report, I decided that it was exactly what I was looking for…

Anyhow, for your interest here is the text from a magazine advertisment:

The Last War is over; the planet is toast. The ravaged surface is covered with radioactivity and crawling with mutants, condemning survivors to a life underground. This is the future that awaits you in SCAVENGERS OF THE MUTANT WORLD.

Are you ready? In this role-playing adventure, lead a Scavenger team on a quest for survival as you scrounge through the junk of a lost civilization. Grab anything you can find – you never know what might come in handy.

Can you hack it? Search through swamps, mountains, rubble, city ruins and more. But stay alert – mutant monsters are everywhere, and they’re hungry! Wander into a RAD zone, and you could become a mutant yourself.

Are you tough enough? Few are chosen, and fewer survive. 20 able-bodied recruits are available for your Scavenger team. Try not to spend them all in one place.

3 Responses to “Scavengers of the Mutant World”

  1. In homage to the source of much of my inspiration, I’ve temporarily switched the header art to the title splashscreen of Scavengers of the Mutant World. Behold CGA in all its glory!

  2. Moses Says:

    Not bad, but can you still play the game? Is it for sale some place or maybe a free download? By the way back in the early 80’s there was a Star Trek computer game that played on Commodore 80. It was a grid type game and you had something like 7 Photon torpedoes to augment the phasers that you had. Dose it sound familiar?

  3. You know, in all honesty I can’t recommend it due to terrible gameplay.

    That said, the program is lurking around various abandonware sites.

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