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Game Title:
The Official Frogger
Release Date: xx-xx-1981
Release Number: 1




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

I want to say that I enjoyed playing Hoyle card games. I was working two jobs in the 80's and 90's and had little time to spare. To sit down and play card games, with the computer as my opponant, was very relaxing and not to demanding. Sadly I had to retire in 1996, but I found another job which paid as well. I was able to work that job for 12 years. Then my back went out and I had to have two surgeries. I could not climb the stairs in my house any longer. Fortunately I owned another house next door to mine which was all on one floor. I wasn't able to move my computer at that time. In fact when I did move it, I found that my graphics card was bad, and I could not find a replacement. I bought a new computer but have since found that I can not use the same software that I had used with my old computer. If you know where I could get some free or inexpensive software, I would apreciate it if you would let me know where.

 Bill  2/20/2014

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