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Game Title:
Conquests of Camelot: The Search for the Grail
Release Date: xx-xx-1990
Release Number: 1
Game Series: Conquest
Next Game in Series: Conquests of the Longbow:  The Legend of Robin Hood
Designer: Christy Marx & Peter Ledger

Sierra graphic adventure game from the 16-color era. Guide King Arthur as he searches for the Holy Grail in Britainnia and the Holy Land. Merlin's spirit is an ever-present guide as Arthur travels throughout Britainnia, and to Gaza and Jerusalem. Along the way, Arthur will meet Gwynhyver, the Black Knight, and the Lady of the Lake, and he'll rescue Sir Launcelot and Sir Gawaine from danger. Finally, he must pass the tests of the six goddesses to prove his worth and receive the Grail.  (From Mobygames description)

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Roberta Williams, who designed Sierra's first game, Mystery House in 1980, felt it was time to write another murder mystery which lived up to the computer capabilities of the late eighties. Mystery House, which was put on public domain in 1988, was the first computer game ever with graphics, but it lacked colors, animation and sound. The Colonel's Bequest was developed, using EGA graphics, Sierra's SCI engine, sound and a music score, as well as featuring a deeper plot and more detailed character descriptions.

The game has a sequel, The Dagger of Amon Ra, which is also the last Laura Bow game. Both games are also included in the 1997 King's Quest Collection and the Roberta Williams Anthology. Although the original release of The Colonel's Bequest can still relatively easily be found on online auctions, a complete original game is considered as a true collector's item, as it contains many goodies which are often missing from second-hand sales, particularly the Laura Bow pen and notebook. The games copyright protection is also quite original: the gamer needs to use a magnifying glass (included in the box) to identify a fingerprint on the game screen.

Comments

After I finished building SierraVault a reader and friend, Dave Ko, sent me an autographed Conquests of Camelot poster from Christy Marx''s store for finally completing and making available the InterAction scans. It is a very cool piece and she still has them for sale at her site as part of the Peter Ledger collection.

 Andy  2/5/2010

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