Pictionary (NES)

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Platform: NES
Year: 1990
Developer: Software Creations Ltd.
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Pictionary (Also known as Pictionary: The Game of Video Quick Draw) is another video game adaptation of a board game. This is one of the better games that LJN published. In this game, you can play from one to four players. Like the board game, your goal is to get to the finish square first. This game however has some strange elements. When you play one player mode, instead of the game instantly giving you an image to guess, you must play one of four games. In those four games, you must complete a goal constantly to reveal more of the picture you must guess, whilst avoiding enemies that drain your time to reveal more of the picture.

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The game was made by only three people: Tony Pomfret for programming, Craig Houston for graphics, and Tim Follin for music and sound.


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The title screen.

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I didn't choose that name, the game did!

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The music program that was used for Pictionary's soundtrack.

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For 1990, the game has a short soundtrack, only six tunes, but they are all well-composed. The music was composed by Tim Follin, so the listener can already expect a great soundtrack. Each song has a funky feeling to them. The songs are pretty lengthy so they won't get too annoying. Game Theme 1 sounds similar to Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust".

According to Tim, there was little discussion as to what the developers wanted for music, so he wrote what he saw fit.

Tim wrote the music in assembly using a sound driver by Stephen Ruddy.


# Title ComposerProgrammer Length Listen Download
01 Title Screen Tim FollinStephen Ruddy 1:33
02 Drawing Practice Tim FollinStephen Ruddy 2:45
03 Game Theme 1 Tim FollinStephen Ruddy 2:43
04 Game Theme 2 Tim FollinStephen Ruddy 2:36
05 Board Tim FollinStephen Ruddy 1:27
06 Ending Tim FollinStephen Ruddy 0:11


As LJN prohibited putting on-screen credits in the games they published, Pictionary doesn't contain any. However, like with some other Software Creations' NES games made between 1989-1992, a staff list (along with the company address) can be found by viewing the contents of the game's ROM image. The text is not encoded in ASCII, so you will have to make a table file and load it into your hex editor to see things properly.

Game Rip

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Pictionary - NES.jpg
Title: Pictionary
Platform: NES
Released: 1990-07-??
Publisher: LJN, Ltd.