Game Title:
Yobi's Magic Spelling Tricks
Release Date: xx-xx-1994
Release Number: 1
Series: Discovery

Alternate Releases:

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.


Bob 3/1/2014
Great game. I'd like to get a copy that runs on Mac.
Paul Rice 12/20/2013
This game looks a Spelling Jungle. Brought it for my Grand children after having a wonderful experience with Dr. Brain, The Lost Mind. The Spelling Jungle frustrated them so badly they never wanted to receive another computer game from me. They never said anything about it because I only see them three times a year. I got my hands on the one copy that had not been tossed and tested it myself and they are right, it is horrible. The second word Practice fails because there is no way to get across the river to get to the 'R' after picking up the 'P'. I see that it is under the name of Bright Star Technology, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sierra On-Line. I can not remember what I paid for 4 copies now but I was duped and worst than that I have been a joke of a Granddad for years for buying cheap non functional software crap. I will send this one copy to you if you send me something that I can redeem myself with. They are not 7-10 anymore they 17-9 and they are coming to visit for the holidays. HELP