Game Title:
Hi-Res Adventure #1: Mystery House
Release Date: 05-05-1980
Release Number: 1
Series: Hi-Res Adventures
Next Game in Series: Hi-Res Adventure #2: The Wizard and the Princess
Designer: Roberta Williams

Description:  Mystery House is a four-color interactive fiction adventure game that places the player in a Victorian mansion with seven other people. As the player explores the mansion, he discovers that there is a killer murdering each guest one by one. The objective of the game is to figure out who the murderer is before the murderer finds you. Players explore and manipulate objects by typing in one or two-word phrases such as NORTH or GET KNIFE.  (From Mobygames description)

Alternate Releases:
Mystery House (Blue Sheet Release)
Mystery House (White Folder Release)
Mystery House (Black Box Release)

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.


eric surrarrer 10/19/2012
mystery house is a classic everytime i play this it brings back memories from years long ago