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Police quest and my Sierra love: Nostalgiathon

The purpose of Nostalgiathon is to relive things from your childhood through the eyes of an adult. Since Andy Watches Movies and Cinema Schminema are both movie-focused blogs, we will be covering movies, but books, TV shows, whatever else are all fair game if you’d like to participate.

So I thought I’ll do an old school nostalgia trip to gaming land for Cinema Schminema and Andy watches movies.

Nostalgia time for me at least, have just re-played one of my first favourite computer game, Police Quest.

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Police Quest is a series of video games produced and published by Sierra On-Line between 1987 and 1993. The original series was composed of four adventure games, the first three of which were designed by former policeman Jim Walls, with the fourth title designed by former LAPD Chief Daryl F. Gates.

This was my first game on my dads lovely IBM286. Hot diggity, that thing cost him a fortune back then…

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I was a happy 10 year old boy w this picture, oh the innocence. LOL

I was enthralled by this game which is an adventure typing game with graphics. A lot of ‘Look’, ‘open door’ ‘close door’ commands being frantically typed by an 10 year old Rincewind. And for you youngster out there, no internet at hand for any hints so if you got stuck, you were royally screwed. The only thing that helped my sanity was an hotline phone to a gamer I found from an article in Pc World, that poor sod helped me out through some tough times.

Playing it again, I am really image surprised that I finished this game. But back then I was used to the DOS commands which I’m not anymore so trying to find the correct wording takes time to get back in your head. Had lot of error commands ‘you can’t do that with nightstick’. Aaargh, if I had a nightstick nearby my poor computer would be mangled.

The graphic is awesome, I have a love for the 8bit pixels graphics. Considering when this was done, it was a super graphics for the PC. Now, not so much. :).

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That damn locker room

One thing about this game I had totally forgot was how often you had to save, forgetting to put the gun in the locker. Open locker, put gun in locker, close locker. Forgetting this and trying to leave the police office and it was Game over. And if your last save game was a long time ago, you hit your head against the wall over and over and don’t get me started on the car chases. You see the city from above and are driving around with this blue block and in pursuit of a red block on tiny tiny streets. A lot of frustration with car crashes and back to Load game.

But in all, playing this game again was loads of fun and will now try my hands on the first Leisure Suit Larry game which is more in style with my blog, it’s about an washed out salesman who’s main purpose in life is to get lucky… Awesome game…

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Oh Larry, Larry...

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