Looking for an old text-based RPG magical game.
March 5, 2008 9:13 PM   Subscribe

I'm trying to find an old computer game that we used to play in school (probably around late 80s). It was a text based RPG with puzzles and magical items.

Here is what I remember about it;

* The game was text based but colored even though the graphics was somewhat primitive.
* The bottom 1/4 (or 1/5) of the screen was where the text of the story was. The rest was a pixel drawing of a scene. It wasn't animated either.
* It was story based (old rpg probably..) with items, and puzzles.
* I remember the scenes including a forest, and magical items.
* I'm not quite sure if there was a wizard in the game, or a castle or a princess, but it was very fantasy-like.

I've done some research, and found "Enchanted Forest", but I know it isn't that for sure, there weren't any attributes to the character you played (not that I remember..) Any input would be much appreciated, thanks!
posted by mrbloo to Computers & Internet (14 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
King's Quest?
posted by greenland at 9:42 PM on March 5, 2008


You might want to go to Moby games and put in the platform and guess the year if you can. That might get you closer.
posted by sien at 9:50 PM on March 5, 2008 [1 favorite]


You could try mudmagic.com- but if you're looking for old MUDs, this is a good one.
posted by malusmoriendumest at 2:23 AM on March 6, 2008


Could it have been one of the "S.A.G.A." graphical versions of the old Scott Adams adventures?
(Couldn't find a screenshot anywhere).

Descriptions of all the games here (although I couldn't find any screenshots of the graphical versions).
posted by jozxyqk at 3:14 AM on March 6, 2008


Was it perhaps one of the early Ultima games? The first two or three had a screen like the one you describe, with text at the bottom and basic graphics above.
posted by Shoggoth at 3:46 AM on March 6, 2008


How about the Secret Island of Dr. Quandary? I used to love that game.
posted by olinerd at 3:53 AM on March 6, 2008


Wizard and the Princess, by Sierra Online (1980). Also known as Adventure in Serenia. First colour graphic adventure game ever.
posted by Sparx at 4:40 AM on March 6, 2008


There's also a whole world of primitive Apple II text / graphic adventures put out by Penguin Soft, but you didn't mention how pixely the graphics were.
posted by johngoren at 7:03 AM on March 6, 2008


The Pawn?
posted by Caper's Ghost at 7:06 AM on March 6, 2008


Shadowgate?
posted by Dr-Baa at 1:49 PM on March 6, 2008


Twin Kingdom Valley? Mid-eighties, UK, and astonishing in its day. Lots of pukey colour mixing and scenes built from slow-rendered circles. Gameplay. Making of.
posted by 4eyes at 4:59 PM on March 8, 2008


Thanks everyone for your input, I'm sure it is one of them. I haven't checked out all the links yet, but I'll do that now!
posted by mrbloo at 9:34 PM on March 8, 2008


By the way, if you happen to remember the type of computer you were using (Mac, PC, Commodore, Atari, etc), that would help narrow the choices down a bit.
posted by Dr-Baa at 7:29 PM on March 9, 2008


Oh hey, since your tags include "DOS Game," I should take that as a hint of what the game was on!
posted by Dr-Baa at 7:33 PM on March 9, 2008


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