Archive for the ‘Retro’ Category

Dateline Feb. 11, 2003: Classic Adventure Games Meet Multi-User Online Gaming

Friday, June 4th, 2010

If you’re geeky enough to fondly remember Police Quest I or either Space Quest, read on!

I am continually amazed by the lengths people will go to the recreate their favorites online. I’ve learned to love Atari’s Original Adventure. I’ve gotten all misty eyed at a nice, online collection of Infocom adventures. I’ve even waxed rhapsodic about the largest collection of adventure game links.

But who in their right mind would recreate not one, but three different adventures using DHTML and Javascript of all things? The answer, my friend, is blowing^h^h^h^h^h^h^h, er, is Martin Cool Sarien.net.

The three adventures are a work in progress, but being able to play online isn’t the coolest part. The games are multi-user! We’ve got the kitchie little CGA graphics, little Roger is animated, and you can chat with any of the other players. Did I mention it be free?

Martin plans to post his development kit soon. He’s hoping that players will be jazzed enough to help recreate other games, like Kings Quest, and help finish the rooms in the games he’s already begun to recreate. He’s also planning to add scheduled mini-games, multiplayer puzzles and add inventory related features. The gaming engine is flexible and allows other graphical engines to plug in. So it’s possible to even recreate newer games like Day of the Tentacle or Indiana Jones (ok, all things being relative). The engine supports SCI and SCUMM style graphics if you want the technical term.

Because of the development environment, no plugins, downloads, or enhancements are needed. The game should be very playable in any modern browser on Windows, Mac, or *nix.

Dateline Nov. 9, 2002: Classic Infocom Adventure Games Online

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Do you miss those old text adventures? You can play many of them online at WildBill’s Infocom Text Adventure Collection. Wildbill found a Java-based game interpreter and made the games available. Due to limitations of Java, you can’t save your game, but they are still fun to play.

In his collection, you’ll find Zork 1, 2, and 3, Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, Bureaucracy, and Leather Goddesses of Phobos.

The collection can be found at www.nulldevice.net/infocom/ http://www.xs4all.nl/~pot/infocom/.

There are a few other links, including one for the Interactive Fiction Archive. Believe it or not, people are still cranking out games in this format and there are a number of gems in the archive.

Dateline Oct. 28, 2002: Remember Atari’s Adventure?

Friday, May 1st, 2009

One of the original games of exploration, Atari’s Adventure is now available online as a Flash Program.

Adventure defined a genre as the first graphic adventure game. It set the expectations and guided the development of everything that came after from Zelda to UT2002.

This game was one of the first loaded with hidden passages and easter eggs (hidden commands or game elements that are cool but have nothing to do with the storyline).

You’ll find it here: simmphonic.com. The reproduction is 99% faithful although Pehnke did move a couple of items around.

Dateline Oct. 1, 2002: Hitchhiker’s Guide Goes Hollywood

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

The long rumored script for Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy initially written by Douglas Adams prior to his untimely death has been picked up by Hollywood and will reportedly be made into a major motion picture directed by Jay Roach of Austin Powers fame.’, ‘Karey Kirkpatrick, who also collaborated on the script for the UK blockbuster Chicken Run, is reportedly creating a finished script from Adams’ original screenplay for Spyglass Entertainment. Originally, the film was to be released by Disney Studios. Before they put the film on the backburner, the budget was reportedly $85-$100 million.

Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy (affectionately called H2G2 by fans) was originally a trilogy and then expanded to a total of six books, the last completed posthumously. It is still referred to as a trilogy.

Over 15 millions books have been printed. The H2G2 franchise now includes a BBC Radio Series and a hit UK television series.

In the world of gaming, H2G2 was released as a character-based Interactive Fiction game in 1984 by Infocom. The original game can still be played online at douglasadams.com (java required). Also, a new game for the XBox and PC is currently in development by PAN Interactive. It combines action, adventure and comedy into an immersive gaming environment faithful to Adams’ multi-million selling book.

The movie has not begun filming yet and no release date has been announced.