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Game Title:
Hi-Res Adventure #4: Ulysses and the Golden Fleece
Release Date: xx-xx-1981
Release Number: 1
Series: Hi-Res Adventures
Previous Game in Series: Hi-Res #3: Cranston Manor
Next Game in Series: Hi-Res #5: Time Zone
Designers: Bob Davis & Ken Williams

Description: Ulysses and the Golden Fleece is an adventure game where you play the part of Ulysses in ancient Greece. The king has given you the task of finding the golden fleece, a legendary treasure which is protected by the gods. You begin your quest in a small town, and will need to travel to several far away lands to find the fleece. Many characters from ancient mythology will be encountered along the way, including King Neptune, the Sirens, Cyclops, and others. You need to find a way past them as well as the many obstacles on sea and land if you are to be successful. Along the bottom of the screen is a text parser which accepts two word commands to interact with the game, and at the top (covering most of the screen) are graphics depicting your current situation. If needed, the graphics can temporarily be cleared to see some of the most recent commands entered. (From Mobygames description)

Alternate Releases:
Ulysses and the Golden Fleece (Orange Folder)
Ulysses and the Golden Fleece (Black Box)


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

ulysses and the golden fleece is a piece of gaming history it is a almighty classic it is one of those games that will be never forgotten in the history of all computer games

 eric surrarrer  10/19/2012

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