Penn & Teller’s Smoke and Mirrors is an unreleased video game planned for release initially on the Sega CD in April 1995 and to be followed by PC, 3DO versions later that year. The game starred the comedy-magician duo Penn & Teller. The developer Absolute Entertainment went out of business before they could release the game, yet the game was featured and previewed in various gaming publications such as Electronic Gaming Monthly.
The game re-surfaced years later when Frank Cifaldi, editor of Lost Levels, a website dedicated to unreleased video games, received a copy of the game from a reviewer who had covered it years ago. The game is composed of several minigames and an adventure/platform game starring Penn & Teller. All the minigames were made for the sole purpose of enabling the owner of the game to fool their friends (except for the Desert Bus minigame, ostensibly a joke on the owner himself) by many different means. The game is composed of a lot of “scam minigames” and virtual tricks. Penn & Teller’s Smoke and Mirrors is unofficially the video game equivalent of Penn & Teller’s Cruel Tricks for Dear Friends video, which had the same purpose, and used properties of the video medium itself for the tricks.
Desert Bus is the best known minigame in the package, and was a featured part of Electronic Gaming Monthly’s preview. The objective of the game is to drive a bus from Tucson, Arizona to Las Vegas, Nevada in real time at a maximum speed of 45mph, a feat that would take the player 8 hours of continuous play to complete, as the game cannot be paused. [Info from Wikipedia]
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