I donít get a lot of questions but these are the few
I have received and a couple of others that I thought you might like to
What's the deal with the name TackyWorld?
Why Barn Runner?
How did you make these games?
I downloaded the game but I can't open the file!
is the next game coming out?
Is Evansville a real place?
Did I just find an easter egg?
How old is Prick supposed to be?
I'm stuck. How do I get past this puzzle?
Why are Prick's shirts so ugly?
That robot seems familiar...
Isn't that the song from Chrono Trigger?
What happened to Cyclone Alley?
is She's So Fine, My AutoDyne?
happened to the Field Guide?
What is the a backstory for Barn Runner?
Are any of the games still available on Compact
How often is this site updated?
Are you just a giant geek?
Why don't you have a forum?
Why don't you have a guestbook?
is this site so outdated looking?
Who hosts your files?
Whatís the deal
with the name TackyWorld?
Scott Smith created the name and an early version of the logo for a
proposed clothing store that would only sell ugly, ugly leisure suits,
Hawaiian shirts and the like. I like to think that he was joking.
and we needed an idea for an
amateur film way back in 1994. After
combining that short film with the plots of several of our other movies, I
felt that it was a world suited for an adventure game.
How did you
make these games?
were made using Chris Jonesí amazing
Adventure Game Studio.
The other installments use Mark Overmarsí
the game but I can't open the file!
All TackyWorld games are
and you'll need that program to
"unzip" them before you can play. Before you ask why don't we just use
WinZip instead, it's because WinRar packs big game files into a much
smaller package that WinZip does and that makes it faster to download and
a lot easier on the ol' bandwidth!
When is the
next game coming out?
The Cop Who Copped A Feel
should hit the web in Summer 2007 or thereabouts.
However, given the long development cycle of the next game in the series,
The Forever Friday, that game may not be out for a while.
What's the deal
with Evansville? Is it a real place or is it made up like the Simpson's
19 (Evansville) is actually based on a real
place in Indiana.
As for the inevitable question of why I chose Evansville, the thinking is
that all the major cities were destroyed in the Big Oops and so the only
pockets of civilization left to mankind were the smaller communities. So
while San Diego wouldn't survive the withering destruction accidentally
focused upon it on during the cataclysm, the not-too-distant towns of
Santee or El Cajon might survive. Thus, while Chicago (hometown of Buck
Rogers) was reduced to ash, Evansville survived somewhat intact. Also, I
needed someplace close enough to the Blue Grass Containment Zone (formerly
Old Kentucky) that robots escaping from the Arcology could feasibly walk
to it. For the extremely curious, Evansville is not my hometown and I'm
not from Indiana or anything like that. It was just conveniently located
next to the BGCZ. By the way, aren't the Simpson's supposed to be from
Northern Kentucky? I seem to remember that tidbit from that fake
documentary "Simpson's: Behind the Laughter." Sex, Lies, Milhouse, baby!
Did I just find
an Easter egg?
are willing to dig around enough, you can find at least one Easter egg in
every Barn Runner game (yes, even the Spatha Owner's Manual!).
These are often secret side-quests and are not required to finish the game
so they are not covered in the walkthroughs. Just poke around long enough
and you are bound to find something. Just don't ask me to point them out
for you... cause if you ask me long enough, I'm probably going to put a "eastereggs.txt"
file on each game page ;-)
How old is
Prick supposed to be?
the questions Iíve received, I was most surprised to see this oneÖ TWICE!
Well, Prick is about 37 years old in The Armageddon …clair (though
in Arc 19 time, he would be recorded as being about 27). Heís drawn to
look a bit older, though, to fit with his Ďhard-boiledí demeanor.
Iím stuck. How
do I get past this puzzle?
walkthroughs are available for each and every game on their respective
pages. Use the NavBar on the side of this page to find the game you're
stuck on. Select that page and scroll down to the bottom. The walkthroughs
are found in the "Free Goodies" section.
Whatís the deal
with Prickís shirts? Man, those things are ugly!
wears those kind of shirts because the person (Scott Smith) who played him
in the original short film has an affinity for really tacky shirts.
Isnít that the
robot from (insert old movie or tv show here)?
the robots in the game are from old science fiction. Itís all a
good-natured parody so please donít write in decrying the role I placed
Daleks in. And before anyone writes in, YES, I know that Daleks arenít
technically robots, per se.
Isn't that the
song from (insert nintendo game here)?
that game and you want that song! Revisit your childhood here:
Video Game Music Archives.
to Cyclone Alley?
Barn Runner: Cyclone
Alley was a 2004 Christmas exclusive available at this website. After
the holidays came and went, the game was gone forever. But keep your eyes
open for more holiday-themed, limited-released games or game upgrades in
She's So Fine, My AutoDyne?
She's So Fine,
My AutoDyne has finally resurfaced, now under the new title "The Ejection
HERE). So now all of you can stop asking
about it ;-)
to the Field Guide?
I planned to bring back the
Field Guide but eventually, I realized that it just contains to many
spoilers. It may still see the light of day in an abridged form one of
these days, but since it was built with an old, now unsupported editor,
rebuilding it would be a hell of a lot of work. And right now, all my
efforts are focused on school and getting the next few games out the door.
What is the
back story to Barn Runner?
People have asked about the
Big Oops, The Tobacco Wars, lists of surviving arcologies, and other
questions regarding the world of Barn Runner. These will be revealed as
the series progresses but for the foreseeable future, there won't be any
comprehensive guide to the world made available. Besides, that would spoil
the fun of discovering the story as you go along!
Are the games
still available on CD?
Sadly, no. For the first
year, I burned a little over 300 CDs in all to anyone who wanted one but
time constraints just don't allow for that anymore.
How often is
this site updated?
those of you who just discovered this place and wonder why I haven't
updated in the last couple of days (or weeks), please understand that I
only update this site with new content at the end of every month. Since
making the games is the first order of business, the website itself has to
take a bit of a backseat. Check the date at the top of the home page for
the "Next Update" listing.
Are you just
a giant geek, afraid to leave your house and sensitive to sunlight?
Why donít you
have a forum?
isnít demand for one. Lastly, even if there was demand, I still wouldnít
have one since I don't have the time to look after one.
Why donít you
have a guest book?
I find them
Where is all
the flash animation? Where are all the pop-ups and java script? This site
seems very out-dated.
the world of Barn Runner, TackyWorld is very retro. However, I have
updated the look of this site quite a bit in an effort to stop the "OMG!
This looks like a GeoCities site. Do you need help making a web page?"
e-mails that seem to arrive on a regular basis.
For a while, I hosted all
the game files right here at TackyWorld but as more people discovered Barn
Runner, I thought I'd better get a dedicated host for the more popular
files. So now I have a anonymous benefactor who is hosting my files. Also,
the fine folks at
are kindly mirroring some of the more "in demand" files for us! (And they
do it for free which is exactly the price TackyWorld likes to pay!)