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February 26th, 2002

Best Quest Game

OK, kids: what was the best Sierra Quest game?

The very first time I came across this style of game, naturally, was with Leisure Suit Larry. King’s Quest was the oldest of them all, the granddaddy, and I remember reading in a Sierra newsletter how soon 3-D technology would grace that series.

For me, the first encounter was with Police Quest, a great series of games in which you took on the role of a cop. Well done, well crafted; Open Season is the title that began to take the fun out of it, though.

But when it came to fun, my pick was easily the Space Quest series. It hit all the right notes: sci-fi based (loosely), loads of humor, challenging but not impossible (Myst!)… I played nearly every Space Quest game at the time, in stunning new VGA graphics, and loved all 22 disks’ worth.

What about you? What was your favorite? -pm

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FROM: Ryan
DATE: Tuesday February 26, 2002 -- 10:00:24 am
I remember the first King's Quest and enjoyed the early entries in that series. I really loved Police Quest, though... it very much encapsulated what I loved about Sierra games at the time. I was bummed when they teamed with Darryl Gates, of all people, for one of their titles (was it PQ: Open Season?).

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday February 26, 2002 -- 10:13:46 am
I was jealous of the nerds in my school who had all these games. When I was 14 or so, my dad finally got a computer and I rushed out to buy KQ 5. After two weeks of frustrated play I gave it up and never went back.

Actually, I tried to get the game to run on that same computer my junior year of college but it wouldn't budge.

FROM: Rob [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday February 26, 2002 -- 10:16:21 am
I'd have to say I enjoyed the first Space Quest and the first Police Quest the most. Though there were some great entries in the King's Quest series, as well, particularly King's Quest IV. KQ3 was good, too, but there were some parts that were frustratingly difficult.

FROM: Rob [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday February 26, 2002 -- 10:18:03 am
Oh. And as an aside, I think the games went straight to hell when they started using a mouse interface where you pointed at things to do stuff and all that. Half the fun was trying to figure out what bizarre wording was needed to do what you wanted to do. It was interesting seeing what stuff the game designers had built in responses for.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Tuesday February 26, 2002 -- 10:46:31 am
Agreed, Rob. Sierra really bridged that gap between the text adventures of Infocom and the graphic adventures that were beginning to get popular.



FROM: Matt
DATE: Tuesday February 26, 2002 -- 12:53:02 pm
I have all of the Kings Quests up to 5, Police Quest 3 and 4, and Leisure Suit Larry 3. I tried loading these on my computer two weeks ago, and they wouldn't work. That was a true bummer since I have been in the mood to play them all for a while.
I think out of the series I liked Police Quests the best. I like the more gritty realism of that game.
Leisure Suit Larry 3 was hillarious because you could go to that Comedy Club. While there you typed in what group of people you wanted the comedian to make fun of. I always went with the ever ethnic Ducks.
Space Quest 4 was an incredible game. That tops the rest of the Space Quests.
As for Kings Quests, I liked the earlier ones. They got too graphic-oriented later on.

FROM: Matt
DATE: Tuesday February 26, 2002 -- 12:57:42 pm
Did any of you ever play The Adventures of Willy Beamish? That was another Sierra game, it came out when I was in 7th grade. It was probably my fav. sierra game ever. It was based around the adeventures of a boy in elementary school. They alwas said they would make another, but I don't think it ever materialized.

FROM: Rob [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday February 26, 2002 -- 5:40:42 pm
I think around the time King's Quest 8 came out, Sierra released a pack of the previous King's Quest games. I think I got all of them to work, though it's been a while since I've tried them. They didn't really change much, but maybe they made them a bit more Windows-friendly, even though they run in DOS.

FROM: Maria
DATE: Tuesday February 26, 2002 -- 7:03:23 pm
I never played any of these, but was King's Quest the game that Josh (young Tom Hanks) played in "Big"?

FROM: Tina
DATE: Wednesday February 27, 2002 -- 8:53:04 am
I'd also be interested to hear what game "Josh" was playing in that movie. Does anyone know?

FROM: Paul [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday February 27, 2002 -- 9:08:56 am
I always thought that wasn't a commercially-available game. I wouldn't mind being proven wrong. EGA graphics rule!

Also, Matt, Willy Beamish was a fantastic game. Great music in that one, as I recall.

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday February 27, 2002 -- 10:07:39 am
For some reason, I always thought it was a Zork game Josh played in Big.

FROM: Paul [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday February 27, 2002 -- 1:24:25 pm
Robert: Can't be; Zork wasn't graphics-based at that time. So, uh, neener neener boo boo.

FROM: Rob (australia)
DATE: Sunday December 18, 2005 -- 9:54:13 pm
Oh man, dont get me started. I learnt to spell playing the quest games. The best was Police Quest I, that was an absolute gem. that was when i was about 12 or 13, Im now 23 and I and reliving those memories. I really didnt get into the kings quests, but space quest I and II were entertaining. The lesser known Hero's quest was fun, i wasted plenty of time mucking around playing that.

Ahhh, those were the days.

FROM: gglol
DATE: Sunday January 1, 2006 -- 11:37:04 am
fuck you asshole

manticor January 23, 2008, 11:56 pm

deus ex is the modern continuity of those games, I think. GREAT game.

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