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

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.

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