1980's (?) Atari game based on Dungeons and Dragons

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Does anyone remember a game for Atari based on Dungeons and Dragons? I remember it had dragons wandering around "rooms" and you had to collect certain items before the dragons caught you. Very primitive "graphics" but I found it very engaging at the time. Also I remember something about Isis, scarab beetles and other Egyptian related items. I don't think it was in the same game, but out at the same time. Anyone know what these games were called?

Thanks!

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As a little kid with an

As a little kid with an Atari 2600, I remember reading the manual for Adventure and dreaming up complex storylines based on the scant few paragraphs of backstory/flavor-text in the manual, then being a little dissapointed with the game.

Adventure is still fun and arguably is more similar to games like Rogue or Diablo than Akalabeth or Wizardry. One of the more playable Atari games by modern standards, anyway. ;)

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Adventure II on the

Adventure II on the Flashback is only a hack of Adventure. The one for the 5200 and Atari 8-bit computers is an entirely different ("original") game.

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Adventure, Adventure II

Both of those games made it to the Flashback2, I was playing them this morning.

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Mat Tschirgi (not verified)
And for more great reading

And for more great reading on this topic, check out my classic AA article Dungeons and Desktops. ;)

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Adventure II

By the way, Matt, you may appreciate "Adventure II" more, which is the unofficial sequel for the Atari 5200 and Atari 8-bit computers, soon to be released for sale. For a while there Atari was not allowing the homebrew author to use the name, but they relented in a rare bit of corporate goodwill. I played a demo at a show a while back and it was somewhat in a crude state, but showed a lot of potential. It should be available for purchase soon.

Here's the official page: http://cafeman.www9.50megs.com/atari/5200dev/AdventureII.html

And the for sale page on AtariAge with lots of screenshots: http://www.atariage.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_...

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Adventure - Crude?

Visually it was crude, Matt, because the VCS was not yet mastered from a programming standpoint, but it's still significant as one of the first graphical RPG's, first console RPG's and first action RPG's. It was essentially an arcade-like RPG/adventure. It's very fast-paced.

While I'm not the biggest fan of the game myself, it's very difficult to argue with its historical significance (where, along with Electronic Games magazine, popularized the idea of the "Easter Egg", though it was by no means the first) or its fan following. An alternate version along with the original was made availabe on the recent Atari Flashback 2.0 TV game, which is a great value at around $20. Haunted House was very similar in format, but no more impressive visually.

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This was one of the games on

This was one of the games on display at the game exhibit at the Game On! exhibit in Chicago. I played it for a little while, if only to marvel at how far CRPGs have come. Compared to games like Wizardry, Ultima, and Bard's Tale, Robinett's Adventure was limited indeed.

The usual joke I hear about this game is that the dragons look like ducks.

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Adventure - 1978 and Riddle of the Sphinx (Imagic)

Adventure by Warren Robinett. He did it for Atari in 1978 and made famous what would eventually be called the Easter Egg with this game. More info is available here: http://www.atariage.com/software_page.html?SoftwareLabelID=964

There are stories galore about this game. A homebrew, Adventure II, is currently in progress for the Atari 5200.

The other game you're probably thinking of was a few years later from Imagic, Riddle of the Sphinx. The information for that is also available at AtariAge.

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