Game evolution in a box

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 09 February, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 09 February, 1997, 12:00am

The Roberta Williams Anthology For PCs, CD-ROMs What makes up a real adventure game? Sierra On-line's new anthology, The Roberta Williams Anthology provides the answer.

The anthology presents 14 adventure games in four CDs, showing nothing less than the evolution of computer gaming in a box.

Whether you are in Dracula's castle, an underground cavern, a mansion cursed by evil, or a mysterious island, the adventure games take you to uncharted realms of fantasy.

These CD sets act as a chronology of Williams' computer games development. As the most prolific and successful game designer in the world, she has sold 10 million copies of her games - more than anyone in entertainment software.

Players can join Williams on her journey from Mystery House to the controversial Phantasmagoria.

Mystery House, Williams' debut game in 1980, was the first to combine graphics and text for the PC, while Mission: Asteroid, Time Zone was the largest game of its kind created in 1990.

King's Quest I: Quest For the Crown was considered to be the first 3-D computer game, and was launched in 1983.

King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella was the fourth in the King's Quest series and the first computer game to feature a female hero.

King's Quest VII: The Princeless Bride boasted feature-film quality animation and music, while Mixed-up Mother Goose and Phantasmagoria Chapter One were the first adventures to seamlessly blend live actors and a 3-D rendered computer background.

Mixed-up Mother Goose is a game targeting children aged from four, in which more than 44 delightful scenes and many animated characters are included.

Eighteen of Mother Goose's most beloved rhymes are represented in beautiful 3-D graphics and animation.

Players must help Mother Goose complete her mixed-up rhymes by locating 18 missing characters and objects and bringing them back to their rightful owners. The young player should find great pleasure in this adventure.

To play the Roberta Williams Anthology, you need a 2X CD-ROM, 486/25 or better still, 8 MB RAM and Soundcard w/DAC, Win 3.1 or MS DOS 5.0 or better and SVGA 640x480, 256 colours, mouse and keyboard.

MEGAHINTS: 1. For Asteroid develop your own device to save your hide if you should blow up. Its codename is 'saving a game'. If you get blown up, it is the only way to begin the mission again without starting over.

2. Think about all you need to successfully complete your mission and blow up that asteroid. Mission Control is a 'top secret' building and enter the password to begin your assignment.