Sierra Entertainment to Rerelease Classic Quests for the PC

King's Quest Collection: Despite the nature of the cover art, the King's Quest games are more about puzzle solving the action.King's Quest Collection: Despite the nature of the cover art, the King's Quest games are more about puzzle solving the action.

Although this has been delayed a few times, it appears as if the release date of September 18th is for real: Sierra Entertainment is releasing 4 compilations of their classic Graphical Adventure Games, now optimized to work on Windows XP. Whether this means users will have to use DOSBox or not is another question, but it's nice to have these compilations re-released.

Space Quest Collection

Police Quest Collection

Leisure Suit Larry Collection

King's Quest Collection

What's very strange is that the King's Quest Collection does not have Mask of Eternity, the much-reviled eighth game in the series that has 3-D platformer elements.

Even stranger is that the Leisure Suit Larry Collection is lacking Leisure Suit Larry 7: Ship up or Slip Out!

Check out the links to the official site below for the full list of titles.

Did anyone used to play these games? I did through middle school and part of high school... I suspect the main reason why Sierra Entertainment is rereleasing these titles is because the compilations of these games that came out in the late 90's now fetch as high as $90 on eBay!

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Matt Barton
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Good for Sierra

Well, I'm very glad to see Sierra releasing these compilations. I just hope that they do work flawlessly with XP and that the devs actually put some effort into simplifying loading procedures and the like. I know how painful it can be to try to get these games working correctly even with dosbox, particularly the later ones that use more advanced sound and graphic cards. It's really too bad Sierra doesn't have the equivalent of a "SCUMMVM."

As for the games themselves, my favorite so far is probably King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow. It really is a charming little game that brought many smiles to my face (with a minimum of frustration). I also enjoyed Space Quest, though I have many reservations about the interface glitches.

And I played the first Police Quest game extensively as a youth, but never managed to beat it (I had an illegal copy with no manual, so I wasn't able to complete the game). Most of these games "feature" some type of manual-based copy protection, which might not show up until pretty late in the game. Sigh.

That raises an interesting point--do these compilations ship with reproductions of the original manuals? Or did they just scan them all in and dump them into a PDF file? That would be really awkward with the copy protection segments. Perhaps they've removed or somehow accomodated for the copy protection segments?? That'd justify the cost of the compilations right there!!

By the way, guys, if you'd like to read reviews of GAGs by the two Mats, check out this list on my homepage. Most of these link to reviews on gameology (formerly Academic Gamers.)

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Catatonic
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I enjoyed Police Quest 3 & 4

I enjoyed Police Quest 3 & 4 back in the day, and a while back, I picked up the collection. I don't think they have held up very well over the years, and the SWAT games were garbage. But like you said, I was able to sell it on eBay for twice what it cost me in the shop. Looks like the new collection omits the SWAT titles altogether.

forcefield58
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Leisure Suit Larry and Space Quest

I played Leisure Suit Larry and Space Quest but can't remember the actual versions. Both were good in the day but I'm not sure I'd play them again now. It sure is funny though about the cover art for the Kings Quest title attached to Mat's post. I "used" to buy those kind of games based on the cover, only to be disappointed after the fact. Cover art deception was rampant back in the late 80's and 90's.

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Matt Barton
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Cover Art Deception

It wasn't just cover art. There was also a tendency to show screenshots from the best looking system (later on they started printing out which systems the screenshots were from).

On the other hand, I don't know if I'd call all this "deception." I really love those old covers for the classic Atari games, and the paintings on the gold box games were excellent. It might not have looked like the actual game, but it was cool in-and-of-itself.

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forcefield58
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Cover Art

I agree the box art was very well done back in the day. I guess deception is too strong a word to describe how the marketing folks tried to get the games sold. I remember the screenshots from the various game systems as well in all the popular gaming magazines. This certainly helped when it came time to make a purchase, plus it was fun to actually "see" the difference in capability between the systems themselves.

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Bill Loguidice
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I'd take a beautiful

I'd take a beautiful illustration over using models from the game these days in each and every case. As the author of that game box article for issue 1 of Armchair Arcade, I've always been a huge fan of lavish box cover art. There were some true masterpieces and the art seems to be lost more or less today.

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