Game Title:
Hi-Res Adventure #3: Cranston Manor
Release Date: xx-xx-1982
Release Number: 1
Series: Hi-Res Adventures
Previous Game in Series: Hi-Res Adventure #0: Mission: Asteroid
Next Game in Series: Hi-Res Adventure #4: Ulysses and the Golden Fleece

Description: Cranston Mansion is one of the first games in On-Line System's "Hi-Res Adventures" series, along with Mystery House and The Wizard and the Princess. In the game, you must invade a mansion that was occupied by a late millionaire and steal the sixteen treasures that lie in it. Unlike most adventure games of its time, Cranston lets you switch between graphic and text modes. You perform actions in the game by only typing a one- or two-word command (eg: WEST, GET SHOVEL) , and you can save the game at any point in the game by inserting a disk and pressing a letter. (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.


Craig 1/31/2017
Any place to buy this game and the Wizard and the Princess? I would like to play it on a Windows machine?
eric surrarrer 10/19/2012
cranston manor was a classic i love playing these older games they are so cool