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I've got something long-ish coming up later, but it won't be ready for a while. Meanwhile, I have become obsessed with finding old graphic adventure games to play, thanks to the burninating fun I had last night. I used to play games much like that one (thanks, Infocom, Windham Classics and Sierra) back when I had a Vic 20 and a C64. I loved those games. And I want them back. Or at least something similar. I'm looking specifically to play these games online or at least be able to download them and play on the PC. My last resort is to go on eBay and find a C64 and games to buy, but I really don't have the room in the office for another computer (or the money, either, but that's never stopped me before). I'm specifically looking for graphic adventures where you enter text as you watch the story unfold or even some old point and click games. If you've got any links that will provide me with some old school entertainment (perhaps taking me back to the days when my biggest worry was being able to stay up all night drinking and still go to work at 6am), drop them in the comments. Difficulty of mission: the cheesier the graphics, the better.

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Whatever happened to Leasure Suit Larry?

Go to the Underdogs. They have a bazillion abandonware titles. It's a little slow, but they have a ton of games that have been abandoned by their publisher. Especially see the Adventure game category for the stuff you're looking for now.

http://www.the-underdogs.org/genre.php?id=3

Here's a freeware program that emulates both the C64 and Vic 20. You'll have to poke around the net a bit to get the actual games, but it shouldn't be that hard in my experience.

Did you ever play The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy on the C64? 100% text! No Graphics whatsoever! I loved it.

I think you can find it online somewhere.

Sharp, I played all the text adventure games and you can play most of them (Hitchiker, Zork, etc.) online.

I want GRAPHICS today!!

C64--pfffft. Real 80's geeks had Atari 400s.

Heh. I had an Odyssey. With a keyboard.

Would "The Bard's Tale" be a good find?

Atari 400 blew...while it was my first fondly remembered computer, that keyboard was murder.

"Difficulty of mission: the cheesier the graphics, the better."

Temple of Apshaii for the C64.

On a more serious note,

The best adventure game for the C64 was Legacy of the Ancients. My only regret is that I was unable to finish this game.

I swear, Michele. You and my son...

He wants to purchase an SNES and play all the old-school games. He reads these old geeks on the gamer message boards reminiscing about Super Marios Bros. and wants to give it a try.

Heck, I can't blame him. All he's ever been exposed to is N64, Gamecube, and 3-D graphical extravaganzas, and he wonders what things were like before all that.

But then this is the kid who is studying Japanese so he can work for Nintendo when he grows up. To which I say, more power to him. We're gonna need sharp young whippersnappers like him to give us old coots something new and exciting to play, so we can reminisce about EverQuest and Halo.

I seem to remember Sierra doing a couple compilations of their "Quest" series (specifically, King's Quest and Space Quest). I'm pretty sure they're all off the market now, though; you'd have to eBay or something for those.

Second the Underdogs idea. If you've played it, they've almost certainly got it.

"Leather Goddesses of Phobos".

All text, I may have gotten the name a little wrong.

And it might please some of yous to know that my fiance's 12 year old brother wanted to find this type of game, even with all the super-grafx/efx games he already owns-he still was interested in the basics.

Curt:

Recommend you look at ZSNES. Note that you must find ROMs for any games you want to play; it is only legal for you to download ROMs that correspond to games you legally own.

Not exactly what you are looking for, but I always thought this was the adventure game with the cheesiest graphics.

I remember when they thought "Raid over Moscow" was bloody because little white humanoid specks splatted into red splotches when you hit them with a bazooka. My, how times have changed.

Pietro, Adventure is the grandaddy of all adventure games. There's a special place in my heart for that duck/dragon and the chalice.

http://thcnet.net/error/index.php

You are in an open field west of a big white house with a boarded front door.
There is a small mailbox here.

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I've always appreciated the incredible contortions you had to put Arthur Dent through in order to get the babel fish while you were held captive on the Vogon ship. Let's see... wrap towel around head....

Nope, you had to put the towel on the nail (to cover the hole in the wall).

Anybody remember the Easter Egg in the Atari Adventure game?

You had to get the dot, bring it to a certain room and then you would get a list of the programmers.

Ah, but Brainster -

You had to put the towel around your head to keep from being eaten by the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal. Granted, it wasn't part of the Babel fish sequence, but it did give further evidence that a towel is essential to a froody adventure.

You have

a towel
no tea

Michele, there is a HUGE 'Interactive Fiction' community out there that have some really amazing Infocom type text adventures. One of my favorite sites is 'XYZZYnews' - http://www.xyzzynews.com/

You can find some great links there.

Ataris? Commodores? HAH! Color is for wimps. Now the TRS-80 Model II and III had some serious graphical games. "Ride of the Valkyrie" featured first-person shooting of flocks of eagles, with a Wagner soundtrack. Pure gold. Then there was "Robot Attack" with digitized robot voices, and "Asylum" featuring first-person dungeon-crawling action (don't look up or a piano falls on you and kills you!) Sprite graphics -- I sneer at your fancy-shmancy pixel-by-pixel pictures. When all you have to work with are set blocks then game play is the only thing left!

Oops, it was "Voyage of the Valkyrie"...

Adventure(aka Colossal Cave)? Hitchhikers Guide To the Galaxy? TRS-80 games, with the crappy text-character "graphics"? ::sniff:: All this serious geekage just chokes me up a bit.

"Kill dragon."
"With what, your bare hands?"
"Yes."
"Congratulations. You've just killed a fierce green dragon with your bare hands. Amazing, isn't it?"

Life was simpler then.

Because I have no life, here are some links:

http://www.prowler-pro.com/coco/

Contains lots of CoCo2/3 games, including Police Cadet 4, Orbs of Derra, Monsters&Magic RPG, Lord Silvercape and more. The link to the emulator is broken, but you can download one her:

http://discover-net.net/~dmkeil/

And some C64 games and emulators:

http://www.c64.com/
http://www.c64games.com/down-fr.html