Alice In Wonderland

16 years ago, when I was in fifth grade, I had my first classroom experience with computers. I had been using my Dad's computer for several years prior, but this was the first and only time using the now iconic Commodore 64. There was a lab of 2 to 4 Commodores that everyone would take turns on to learn how to type, and if you did well on your school work, you'd win 15 minute slots to play games. This must have been the highlight of the class because it is one of my clearest memories of fifth grade. There were 2 games that I remember playing: Election Trail, where you were a presidential candidate traveling around the country trying to improve your poll numbers before an election, and Alice in Wonderland.

Alice In Wonderland on Commadore 64

Alice in Wonderland was the most popular game in the class and I can recall a few of us, who had gained the most playing time, competing to complete the game first. None of us actually finished the game before the end of the school year, but I remember having been very close until Mitch Hubble, who had played for the first time, erased my game.

Now, in an effort to relive my childhood and finally win the game, I've installed an emulator and started playing again. It's surprisingly still a lot of fun, but I've forgotten most of the tricks in the game. There is one riddle that the caterpillar asks that I haven't been able to answer yet. "It sits above the crown though queens never wear it. It is a _ _ _ _ _ _ ." Any ideas? The best I could come up with, actually Amy came up with, was enamel, but that was grammatically incorrect and the caterpillar was like, "what pipe are you smokin' from?"

Update: There is a game walk-through at


Try this in terminal: "strings filename | grep -i queens" (replacing the emulator file's name for filename)

how about chakra?

Long shot...clouds (crown referring to the uppermost portion of a tree). Of course my answer is plural and the question refers to a singular. Hmm...

Amy and I think it is toupee! If we are right, what do we win? :)

Some good guesses, but none of them works. George, nothing happened after I tried your suggestion. Perhaps it's not finding anything because of the compiling.

I think it's a ball or an orb or a heart... from looking at some on-line illustrations...

Wow, this takes me back!! The answer to your riddle is: tophat

I remember when I first played this game there was one crazy room I got to with lots of doors in it. Of course I didn't save the game and I never found the room again. Wonder if it was an easter egg??

Ding, ding, ding! Tom is correct. The answer is tophat. Thanks for all the guesses and to June for finding the walk through guide. I ended up finishing the game and fulfilling my childhood ambitions.

You know, I remember the computers in the far corner, but I'd forgotten about earning 15 minute permissions... That was my first year in America, that was.


Hello, I too played this game as a child and also have recently been reliving my memories on an emulator. However, I haven't been able to find any tips or a walkthrough for this game. Any advice?

I was also thinking back over my childhood, and Alice in Wonderland on the old Commodor 64 was my favorite as well. I am trying to figure out how to find that game and is it possible to play on windows? Any help would be great!

I was just playing through the game and was stuck on that one too! Heh, I knew it back when I was 5 years old playing it...but couldn't figure it out this time around. Thanks for the posts!



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