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Posts tagged “Sierra”

Minotaur blends cyberpunk visual novels and Sierra adventures

My favorite trend in gaming is finding ways to add new gameplay elements to visual novels, and today I've got a hybrid for y'all that looks craaaaaaazy great. Minotaur is a VN with a cyberpunk art style, beautiful animations, and a point-and-click adventure game interface. Striving to be a mix of Zero Escape/Danganronpa and Sierra/LucasArts clicky-cutes of yore, it looks like it nails the blend.…

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Brock Paper Shotgun: SWAT 2 and real-time terrorist motivations

**You might remember my long-running weekend column DOS Boot. Well. Turns out the one time I thought of a pun and decided it was just too much, everyone in the comment section demanded that I lean in. (Also, I was overwhelmingly not playing games that were on DOS. Whoops.) So me taking a little time each weekend to revisit some ridiculous PC title is now…

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DOS Boot: Outpost was the best hard sci-fi sim; it also wasn’t finished

DOS Boot is just Brock digging into old DOS/Windows games and talking half-remembering cool and bizarre experiences that are only available on abandon-ware sites at this point. Weekends should be for having fun and by god, we're going to have some wholesome gosh dang fun on RPS Weekends. There's a great one and done TV series from the early 90s called Earth 2. And by…

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Feature: Digital archeology

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…

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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.…

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Feature: Multidimensional hero

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…

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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…

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Feature: A very merry adventure

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…

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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…

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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…

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King’s Quest Chapter 3 Now Seeking True Love

Love! Don't talk to me about love. Especially not if you're talking about falling in love with people. Look at young King-to-be Graham in the third episode of Activision's revived King's Quest [official site], off adventuring in search of love, travelling through a grand forest and tumbling down a hill - two bits of landscape that it'd be perfectly reasonable to fall deeply in love…

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Feature: I wish I could forget

King’s Quest Ch. 1 – A Knight To Remember review

Oh wow. I really had no idea what to expect of the return of King’s Quest [official site]. The original series were mostly terrible, twee and poorly constructed adventure games, but it had its moments, and certainly found its place in nostalgia. The news of its return after a few abortive efforts seemed like it could bode well, especially with The Odd Gentlemen (PB Winterbottom)…

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Adventure Begins: King’s Quest Episode 1 Released

The adventure has begun! Both the episodic new King's Quest [official site], and what might really happen as Activision dusts off the old Sierra name and catalogue for the modern age. It's not the first game released under the new Sierra 'indie label' (that's Geometry Wars 3), but King's Quest is pretty iconic for Sierra. It can never live up to people's memories of King's…

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Adventure Ho! King’s Quest Episode 1 Priced And Dated

The new King's Quest [official site] is the first real test for the glove puppet Activision have made from the flayed hide of Sierra. Will its revival of Ye Olde Sierra adventure game series fill you with warmth and love and joy and nostalgia and make you embrace and kiss the glove, murmuring "I've missed you, I've missed you so much" as tears runs down…

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New King’s Quest Footage Still Shows A Platformer, But It Seems It Could Be A More Traditional Adventure

The return of King's Quest does seem strange. Activision's decision to revive the Sierra name, and then use it as a sort of faux-independent label, was accompanied by the news that the PB Winterbottom devs The Odd Gentlemen would resurrect the King's Quest license [official site]. But look, see, here's the thing: The King's Quest games, with the exception of VI, were pretty bloody awful.…

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Watch Real Human Hands Paint King’s Quest

The art direction in the new King's Quest [official website] is a prickly subject. While some people are unimpressed with the final outcome, at least we can all agree that it comes from a good place. The latest 'Behind The Scenes With The Odd Gentlemen' video (which will never stop being creepy) shows that everything you see in the game will be hand-painted. Whether you’re a…

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Christopher Lloyd Rules New King’s Quest Voice Cast

Christopher Lloyd will be voicing the old King Graham in the new King’s Quest game [official site], as revealed in the latest “Behind the scenes with the Odd Gentlemen” video. Which sounds a bit like one or two of my more regrettable experiences in the last few years. The dev diary goes on show off the whole main cast, including Zelda Williams, Rex from Toy…

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Geometry Wars 3 Evolves In Big Free Content Patch

The new Sierra might only be Activision wearing a different hat, but something about that hat is making them behave nicer. Leaving for the office in the morning, they catch their reflection and think "Yeah, you got it." Then they reach work and release a hefty content patch for Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions [official site] for free - not as some wacky DLC season pass…

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To Me, To You: Shiftlings Offers Solo Or Co-op Play

"Our market research indicates that there's a gap we can exploit," says a faceless somebody in a suit. "There aren't many games about janitors. We should make a game about that." "What about Viscera Cleanup Detail?" says someone who probably has a face. "Or Dustforce?" The suit would look annoyed, if he had a face. "Alien janitors. That's what I meant. Go away and make…

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Some Odd Gentlemen Are On A King’s Quest

Trailers don't always turn me into a shrieking teenybopper, but I'm not ashamed to say I made high-pitched noises — think long, loud "EEEE"s of raw and immeasurable glee - at the King's Quest announcement trailer. A joint production between The Odd Gentleman and the newly resurrected Sierra Games, the upcoming reboot is all about a doddering King Graham going, "In my time - "…

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