Posts Tagged ‘Sierra’

The RPG Scrollbars: Old Habitats Die Hard

There’s no better way to cause trouble than to talk about ‘firsts’. Say for instance that King’s Quest IV featured the first female adventure character, and you’re probably going to be drowned out by some pedant waving a copy of Infocom’s Plundered Hearts in your face. That pedant may even be me. Of course, that’s nothing compared to the folly of calling, say, Everquest the first MMO and leaving it without some very quick clarification. The extent of the first M in MMORPG, the importance of success over existence, the jump between mainframe and computer and all manner of other stuff makes it tricky to plant a flag everyone can actually agree deserves to be there.

But there aren’t many games with a better claim than Lucasarts’ Habitat, the latest classic game to get a fancy modern revival project. It definitely deserves it.

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Make yourself at Rome: Caesar I and II now on GOG

The boys and girls at Good Aul Games have added the ancient ancient city-builder games Caesar and Caesar II to their roster of classics, along with their Chinese counterpart Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom which is less ancient (released in 2002) but still ancient (set 3000 years ago). For years, the only way to buy ’em was to track down a second-hand CD copy. GOG already had a bunch of Sierra’s city-building series on their ethereal shelves, including the later Caesars, so getting these old lads rounds out the collection. GOG are having a wee sale to celebrate. Read the rest of this entry »

The RPG Scrollbars: A Heretical Quest For Glory

Now, as long-time readers of this column will know, there’s a few games I like to go back to on a regular basis. Ultima VII, of course, as one of the finest RPGs ever brought to our plane of existence by carol-singing angels who admittedly suck at QA. Quest For Glory IV, as pretty much the perfect fusion of adventure, RPG and, once again, crazy amounts of bugs. I adore Quest For Glory IV. So, this week, pardon my indulgence at just wanting to show you something cool: Quest For Glory IV… for Hexen. Read the rest of this entry »

Quest-O-A-Go-Go: Final King’s Quest Chapter Released

The fifth Chapter of The Demons Whispering Sierra’s Name in the Darkness’s revived episodic King’s Quest [official site] is now out. Old King Graham is dusting off his jaunty hat and squeezing into his adventuretrousers for one last quest. Let’s pretending I’m not all wistful about the hints that this character whose games I’ve never played will pop his clogs after he finally finishes telling his granddaughter his life’s story; it’s a weird time for me, okay. Read the rest of this entry »

Have You Played… Conquests Of The Longbow?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

When you think Sierra, chances are you think King’s Quest, Space Quest, Police Quest… something with both ‘quest’ in the name and many, many deaths. The thing is though, most of their most interesting games were buried a little deeper, and they don’t get much better than Conquests of the Longbow. Which I literally just noticed has ‘quest’ in the name. Just like The Colonel’s Bequest. Still, I’m going to say it counts!

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Eventually Upon A Time: King’s Quest Chapter 4 Is Out

Oh! Chapter 4 of the episodic King’s Quest [official site] revival is now out. Pop! Out of nowhere, five months since the last episode – just when I’d forgotten about it – here’s more of the adventure game. King Graham is continuing telling tales about his younger days, though he seems to be getting on a bit by Chapter 4. This time, Activision say, “King Graham recounts the time he had to rescue Prince Alexander from Queen Icebella’s Frozen Castle.” Okey cokey. Have a peek in this launch trailer:

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King’s Quest Episode 1 Is Now Free

A new King’s Quest [official site] was one of the first projects Activision announced after hauling the hide of Sierra Entertainment off their trophy wall and wrapping it around one of their colossal Actifingers, bringing back one of the shut-down publisher’s touchstones. With the series’ creators and makers long gone, the new episodic King’s Quest was made by P.B. Winterbottom devs The Odd Gentlemen. Three episodes are out so far, and now the first episode is free for everyone to try. Our John did not like it, but are you curious to see for yourself?

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