Game Title:
Hi-Res Adventure #6: The Dark Crystal
Release Date: xx-xx-1983
Release Number: 1
Series: Hi-Res Adventures
Previous Game in Series: Hi-Res Adventure #5: Time Zone

Description: The Dark Crystal is closely based on Jim Henson's film of the same name. You play as Jen, the last survivor of the Gelfings, a race of mole-like people of a distant world. You must find the dark crystal and its broken shard, and repair it to end the reign of evil from the land. This was Sierra's last adventure game before the groundbreaking King's Quest. Gameplay, like all of Sierra's previous adventure games, was entirely text-based with non-interactive, un-animated graphics to illustrate the areas. The only change is that Jen is usually part of the illustrations, technically making it third-person instead of first-person.  (From Mobygames description)

Alternate Releases:
The Dark Crystal
Gelfling Adventure

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.


michael 7/18/2013
Check out this version of the game we created for Henson's 30th Anniversary celebration of the Dark Crystal movie
eric surrarrer 10/19/2012
the dark crystal is a very fun game