One of the first ever LGBTQ video games has been restored

Caper in the Castro, one of the first ever (if not the first) LGBTQ-themed video games, has been restored and is now playable through the Internet Archive

The point-and-click mystery was developed by C.M. Ralph back in 1989. It was distributed via BSS and was released as ‘charityware,’ with Ralph asking players to donate to an AIDS charity of their choice. 

Alas, many thought the Macintosh Hypercard title had been lost for good, but thankfully it has been recovered thanks to the hard work of preservationists led by LGBTQ Game Archive founder Adrienne Shaw.

The game itself sees players assume the role of a lesbian private detective called Tracker McDyke, who’s been tasked with solving the mystery of kidnaped drag queen, Tessy LaFemme. 

The case eventually takes McDyke to Castro St., where she learns more about LaFemme’s curious disappearance, and begins to see just how deep the rabbit hole goes.

You can try out the full game for yourself at the Internet Archive, or read more about it’s rich history by heading over to the LGBTQ Game Archive.


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