Ruff's Bone is the number fifth Living Books PC CD-Rom Game and it was based on the 1993 book written by Eli Noyes and the CD Rom was released in February 7th, 1994. It is the second in the series to be an original story rather than an old one adapted years later. The story is about a dog named Ruff, who fetches his bone that was thrown by his master.
When Ruff is ready to fetch his Sunday morning bone, his master accidentally throws it over the fence into their neighbor, Slim's, yard. Ruff goes to search for it, but when he finally notices it, it falls into a tree, which leads him underground and into a cave. The cave is full of bones and he isn't sure which one is his. When he finally does, it's too late and a caveman tosses it out of the cave, which leads Ruff into the clouds digging for it. It falls into a jungle, and then into a ship in the ocean. Ruff then sees a ladder that goes into space, and finally lands on a bone planet. He at last finds his bone, and an alien takes him back home in a UFO spaceship. Once he makes it back home, his master congratulates him, only to throw his bone yet again.
Living Books CD Rom (1994)
April 3, 1994
- Like The Tortoise and the Hare and Harry and the Haunted House, this is another Living Books game that was not based on other people's books, and the first one to be an entirely original story (as mentioned above). But, the art style was sloppier and wasn't really the same as these other two games because it was actually created by Eli Noyes, who produced the 1964 short film Clay. This game was also produced by Colossal Pictures.
- This game uses an entirely custom credits sequence and not the usual jazz one just like Green Eggs and Ham, Arthur's Computer Adventure, and D.W. the Picky Eater.
- A preview for this game is featured on V1.1 of Just Grandma and Me and Arthur's Teacher Trouble, and both versions of The Tortoise and the Hare and The New Kid on the Block.
- The running gag in this game is Ruff's actual bone, though it's not hiding on every page and is entirely absent on the ninth page where Ruff is climbing up the ladder.
- Ruff only speaks by barking, even onto the title home-page; instead of him speaking English, an off-screen character says it.
- You leave the book when Ruff says, "OK, goodbye."
- This game along with Harry and the Haunted House was being featured in Brutal-moose's review of the Living Books series.
Ruff: Bone Where Are You (Sniffs)
Ruff: Here's 1st Bone
Ruff: (Finds Grandma) That's Not A Bone
Grandma: Hello Ruff
Ruff: There It Is Climbs Up
(Ruff Climbs The Ladder)
Ruff: Here It Is Got It
(Ruff Goes Down The Ladder)
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