Friday, April 24, 2009

Play Classic Sierra Adventure Games!

Thanks to the good folks at Sarien Studios, a handful of the classic Sierra adventure games from the 1980s (King's Quest, Space Quest, etc.) are now available to play in your browser. They've been ported to Flash! How cool is that?!? The controls have been streamlined as well. And, adding an additional level of (modern) weirdness, there is a multiplayer component that lets you interact with other players who are also playing your game. Wow, this must be a labor of love...I don't think there are too many people out there who will appreciate the effort that clearly went into presenting these games this way.

So I fired up Black Cauldron (pictured), which has the unfortunate distinction of being based on a Disney animated film that was released at a low point in the company's history. I don't remember much about the movie, and the only thing I really remember about the game is that you had to do something with a chicken. (Nothing sexual, but hey, you never know.) So I'm playing this thing and it drops you into a dungeon, kind of like the opening scene of Oblivion, minus Captain Picard. The dungeon is not very effective, of course. Eventually, a gold totem appears from a hidden sliding panel in the floor. (It was only later that I realized that this gold totem was actually the hair of my female companion. Such is the way with shitty graphics.) Seriously, I don't remember any of this!

And on it goes. Crap, I need to get back to it. According to the game, my throat is dry!

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