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Game Title: Conqueror A.D. 1086
Release Date: xx-xx-1995
Release Number: 1
Series: CD-Rom Era

Description:  Strategy/managerial game set in the medieval England, much like Defender of the Crown. You start out as a young knight in control of a small fiefdom and perform the usual managerial decisions to develop your economy, raise an army and expand your territory. RPG and arcade gameplay are also thrown into the mix as you have to develop your character as a knight, going to melee and joust tournaments (actually arcade sequences) to gain experience. They also have other uses such as affecting your popularity and offering you the chance to expand your fiefdom by allowing you to court noble ladies.   (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.

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