Fountain of Dreams title.

Fountain of Dreams is a 1990 computer role-playing game. Published by Electronic Arts, it was originally intended as a follow-up to the popular computer role-playing game Wasteland. Neither Interplay nor any of the team that created Wasteland worked on Fountain of Dreams, and at some point Electronic Arts dropped all claims that the game had any connection to Wasteland, much to the relief of the employees of Interplay at the time.

Overview[edit | edit source]

Fountain of Dreams is set in post-nuclear-war Florida, literally separated from the continental United States of America by heavy bombing. Life on the island of Florida is constantly threatened by the threat of mutation (due to residual radiation) and encounters with local ruffians known as the Killer Clowns, as well as three organized crime factions: the DeSoto Family, the Obeah Orders, and the Bahia Mafia. The player controls a small band of adventurers who set out to find the purifying waters of the legendary "Fountain of Dreams" to stop the spread of mutation.

Game description[edit | edit source]

Fountain of Dreams uses the same game engine as Wasteland but the interface is not nearly as intuitive. To save characters during the beginning, for example, the user must press escape. There are a few differences between this game and the original Wasteland. The starting party consists of only three characters and skills cannot be chosen. Instead each new character chooses one of five classes 1) Survivalist, 2) Vigilante, 3) Medic, 4) Hood, and 5) Mechanic. These classes come with a set of skills already selected but the character's attributes are still customizable. A new gameplay mechanic introduced in this game is the threat of mutation. After encountering and fighting mutants there is a chance for members of the player's party to start to become a mutant themselves. Luckily there are doctors in the game that can operate on affected party members and rum has the ability to stave off the effects of mutation. The game is also infamous for being punishing to players just starting out, new adventuring parties should save often and run at the sight of any Killer Clowns.

Game World[edit | edit source]

The game takes place in and around the Miami area and there are a few locations for the player party to explore.

The Florida wastes are dangerous so adventuring groups should take a look at our Fountain of Dreams weapons page.

Fountain of Dreams Box art.

Ingame Screenshot.

Continuity[edit | edit source]

The game was originally meant to be a sequel to Wasteland. In 2003 however, Electronic Arts reversed its position and stated that it was not a sequel to Wasteland and thus simplifying the transfer of the rights to the franchise to inXile Entertainment.[1]

The main plot theme of the game - a mysterious fountain in Florida curing mutation, is mentioned as a rumour in The History of the Desert Rangers, a book series in Wasteland 2.

2019 Reddit rumors[edit | edit source]

In late 2019 there was a rumor going around on Reddit that Electronic Arts Might be selling the IP to InXile Entertainment. There has since been no evidence for the claim but it leaves some wasteland fans hopeful that the interesting lore in Fountain of dreams might become Wasteland Cannon.

References[edit | edit source]

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