Rick Brewster is the inventor of freeware graphics editor Paint.NET, but back in the early Nineties, he was an intelligent young developer of videogames.
One of those video games, made when he was just 12, was The Golden Flute 4: The Flute of Immortality. Until recently, Brewster thought his game was gone forever, the one copy given away to a cousin and then misplaced.
However, earlier this month, he noticed Macaw, a streamer who specializes in retro video games, playing it in during a dive into a dark DOS game hosted on the Web Archive.
Although Macaw wasn’t super impressed by a low-fi Quest For Glory made by a 12-year-old, Brewster was happy to see his work had somehow endured and been uploaded onto the web.
He has since explained a little bit of the history behind the project in a tweet thread.
As Brewster explains, it was a part of a series of fan sequels he made to a text journey called The Golden Flute, which was printed in an ebook teaching basic programming expertise so readers could make their video games.
The young developer went past the adventure game flowcharts in that guide, creating his homages to the Sierra video games of the period.