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Game Title:
Hi-Res Adventure #5: Time Zone
Release Date: xx-xx-1982
Release Number: 1
Series: Hi-Res Adventures
Previous Game in Series: Hi-Res #4: Ulysses and the Golden Fleece
Next Game in Series: Hi-Res #6: The Dark Crystal
Designer: Roberta Williams

Description: Someone has chosen you to secure the Earth's future by destroying the evil ruler of the planet Neburon. He offers you the ability of time and space travel in order to do so, and has placed a time machine in your home so that you can travel to different time periods. In these periods, you will meet such famous names like Julius Caesar, Christopher Columbus, Cavemen, Robin Hood, Benjamin Franklin, and Cleopatra.  Like any other adventure game from On-Line Systems, you can switch between graphic and text modes. You are required to type a one- or two-word command to perform actions. The game can also be saved with a floppy disk, but with one that is specifically designed for use with the game. (From Mobygames description)


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

timezone is a awesome game everytime i play this game i tryed to have plenty of time to play it

 eric surrarrer  10/19/2012

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