Ghostwriter: Fast Forward 2 Ghostwriter Games
There’s a brief shot of a bedroom in the dark.
Cobwebs and spiders cover the otherwise familiar looking room. But...a familiar dark blue computer screen at a familiar desk shines in the dark.
There’s some TV static over it.
Then... The screen clears up.
White letters on the screen appear.
Through a familiar narrator... They say, “okay team...let’s rewind.”
A light blue Ghostwriter whirls backward around the computer.
As Ghostwriter does... The room itself is covered in TV static.
The cobwebs and spiders slowly but surely vanish. Night gives way to day and back.
But, as that’s happening...
Ghostwriter keeps writing on the screen, “here’s what’s been happening on Ghostwriter: The Facts”.
The narrator keeps narrating.
There’s a brief shot of a giant Ghostwriter casebook opening up.
Then... The shot pulls back to reveal Jamal’s real computer screen looking over it.
Over the light yellow background with the Ghostwriter Team’s newspaper styled faces upside down and up on it... A big “first” appears.
A PBS logo then appears.
The narrator and Ghostwriter continue, “PBS couldn’t get enough funding to make a full Season 3 like we really wanted. But...”
Over the light yellow background with the Ghostwriter Team’s newspaper styled faces upside down and up on it... A big “meanwhile” appears.
The narrator and Ghostwriter continue, “...it turns out cyberspace is a place full of second chances. You ready to Fast Forward...”
Clips of all the episode story arcs whiz forward on circuit ends like bright yellow and red orbs. Ghostwriter speeds past in a blur down the light greenish blue lanes of cyberspace.
Then, after several minutes... The lanes of cyberspace slope up high...toward a bright blue sky with puffy white clouds.
In greenish blue letters... Ghostwriter writes and the narrator says, “...2 the Ghostwriter Games?”
Several CD-ROMs appear in the sky, spread out like a fan. They each have a indent on the side for a pen holder for a Ghostwriter pen already in it, and a blue SEGA logo on the back.
One is Ghostwriter: Write-On Story Maker.
On the CD-ROM cover art... There’s a white notepad with drippy multicolored blocky words running down it. A brief shot of Alex, Jamal, and Lenni running hurriedly past the words is there.
A second CD-ROM is Ghostwriter Activity Center.
On the CD-ROM cover art... There’s Jamal’s room, Lenni’s apartment, Gabby’s room, Rob’s room from Brooklyn, and Alex’s own room in full color photos, over a scrapbook background with Brooklyn streetlights and stairs drawn in.
In the picture of Alex’s room... There’s some dark wood bookshelves on the greenish blue and blue plaid wall with crime novels, several casebooks, a basketball hoop like Jamal’s on the wall between the two windows...and something else.
There’s a zooming in photo of Alex in a black and white tux holding hands with Mary Jo. To his relief, she’s slowly but surely getting away from pot.
Then, there’s another zooming in photo of Kevin, Jamal, and Alex playing basketball. Kevin is slowly but surely getting away from pot.
In more photos within the photos of the rooms... There’s Jamal holding hands with Jasmine, Lenni holding hands with Tuan, Rob holding hands with Lisa at a dance at a college, and Tina holding hands with Hector at a dance at a college.
And, the third CD-ROM...is Ghostwriter: Robot Rumble Madness.
On the CD-ROM cover art... There are human android arms reaching out for the center, with faces of past antagonists from previous cases. There’s also a brief shot of a shocked open mouthed Ghostwriter Team, sporting F.B.I. uniforms.
This one comes with a cyberspace like bulletin board themed instruction book with red and yellow lines along it.
With Ghostwriter whizzing past over and then past straight under and over again... There’s the game introduction from the instruction book:
It’s the year 2003.
Jamal is a scientist in space expecting his first mission soon, Lenni is rich and famous producing and making music alongside Jade Morgan, Casey is happily reunited with her mother Emmelline in Detroit and going to college soon, Rob is a rich and famous poet, Tina and Gaby are TV reporters, Alex is a renowned private detective...
So, what’s left to do for the Ghostwriter Team in their fame and stardom?
Well... How about this for a case?
The THABTOS are back as a gang, and they’re mostly robot android lookalikes going after the Ghostwriter Team.
They get several close calls.
Clips go by of Ghostwriter: Robot Rumble Madness:
Tina ran after a black THABTO costumed figure.
The figure ran and disappeared, dropping more electronic parts behind him as he ran.
Tina reluctantly decides, “shoot. He’s gone away from sight! Right now, I’ve got to get back home.”
In another clip... Alex is holding a letter by his desk in his room.
We found your website.
This isn’t just a gang coming after our turf. These aren’t men or boys!
We need help, and we’ll pay good to keep this quiet.
Come to our hideout at 12:30 p.m., 518 Huntley Street.
Gaby looks very nervous, “what’s that about?”
Alex nervously admits, “I don’t know, Gaby. But, I’m going to check it out. Maybe it’s a trap: We have a lot of enemies out there, just waiting to get back at us.”
Alex ran down the sidewalk, the THABTOS firing at him from behind.
Alex tried dodging the bullets. But, two of them hit his pants...almost reaching all the way through to his skin.
The THABTOS reloaded their guns as they chased Alex into an alleyway. Police cars came down the streets as they tried to find the Bodega.
The door to Lenni Frazier’s apartment is locked. The bodyguards outside were down for the count.
Someone is banging loudly on the door.
Lenni looks at the lock on the door, and sees that it just turned off.
She looks very nervous and shook.
Lenni tries to turn it back on remotely with her computer tied to the security system. But...the Mm symbol for Max Mouse appeared on the screen instead.
Lenni mutters in mixed feelings, “no. No! Please don’t be... Oh man, oh man!!”
She’s teary eyed in realization.
The door swings open.
She dives out of her seat...just before many bullets shoot out the chair and the computer screen.
Then... It cuts back over to the game introduction:
Now they have to go underground with Craig and find out who’s really running the robot rumble madness as F.B.I. agents, with Lieutenant McQuade’s help. But, the Ghostwriter Team is still not using guns. They get arrangements to have secret agent devices instead.
Are the same THABTOS from Ghost Story really back? Has Calvin gone too far this time? Is there another genius roboticist with a hidden grudge? And, why is there a Lenni android coming to replace Lenni in the middle of all of this?
Dust off your casebook, fast forward to 2003, hit some androids hard, and start piecing the puzzle. Because, you haven’t seen anything like this.
Next... These are some passages circled in red and yellow from the instruction book.
They go like this:
Jamal has martial arts moves to take out or daze androids and other enemies. Or, he can use his FBI modified wireless microphone and the power of rallying speeches to the point of a 50/50 chance of most enemies switching to his side to fight for him.
Lenni has a FBI modified wireless microphone and the power of song to calm androids and other enemies down to the point of falling asleep, switching to her side to fight for her, or a angrier song to the point of rushing at her. But, when it’s a angrier song, it’s kind of a 50/50 chance of missing and falling over themselves to take themselves out.
Gabby can taunt androids or other enemies to the point of rushing at her and missing and falling over themselves to take themselves out, or climb up a story or a tree to jump kick down on androids or other enemies.
Tina’s FBI modified camera has the power to freeze androids and other enemies in place for a short time with taking a picture, or to daze them with the flash and let them crash into each other to take each other out.
Alex can bounce a FBI modified basketball into androids or other enemies to take them out. Or, he can use his FBI modified wireless microphone and the power of rallying speeches to the point of a 50/50 chance of most enemies switching to his side to fight for him. Or, he can use his FBI modified wireless microphone and the power of a angrier speech to the point of rushing at him. But, when it’s a angrier speech, it’s kind of a 50/50 chance of missing and falling over themselves to take themselves out.
Rob has a FBI modified pen and the power of writing on the ground to calm androids and other enemies down to the point of falling asleep or a 50/50 chance of most enemies switching to his side to fight for him. Or, he can use a FBI modified Hoodman hoodie to temporarily turn invisible in the shadows of the enemies.
Hector can bounce a FBI modified handball into androids or other enemies to take them out or climb up a story or a tree to jump punch down on androids or other enemies.
Craig can lay out FBI modified cable coil traps, or throw exploding discs to short circuit androids and daze other enemies with the flash to let them trip over the cables and take themselves out. Cable coil traps zap or daze with lightning, and exploding discs are wide range with fire explosions that daze more often than short circuit. But, for short circuiting androids, it’s kind of a 50/50 chance.
Sam can kick or headbutt a FBI modified soccer ball into androids or other enemies to take them out. Or, he can open up a FBI modified copy of a Sophie Madison book to confuse androids or other enemies in floating clouds of secret code letters and let them crash into each other to take themselves out.
Becky gets FBI modified shoes to speed run around androids or other enemies to daze them in the dust and let them crash into each other to take each other out. Or, she can speed bike a bike wheel into androids or other enemies to take them out.
Then, back in 1995... The screen changes over to Lenni’s apartment.
Lenni somewhat nervously sighs.
She comments, “you’re right, mystery narrator. I haven’t seen anything like this. Just be sure I don’t lose all my lives, and to take out my haunting android if you got to. Please. I know you can.”
She faintly smiles.
She grabs a chocolate chip cookie among many from the kitchen counter.
Then... It all fades away...back over to a certain TV set.