King's Quest (Quest for the Crown)
by Sierra On-Line
(IBM plastic case)
The very first release of King's Quest, in the same type of clear plastic case IBM
used for Zyll and a lot of their other PC
and PCjr titles. IBM recruited Sierra to develop a game that showcased the capabilities
of the IBM PCjr. As a result, it sold only as well as the PCjr itself (which is to say,
not well) until Sierra published their own versions for Tandy and PC later that year.
The copy I have is technically not the very first release. Mine is 1984, and a version
with a 1983 date does exist. Aside from the dates on the disk, manual, and inlay, the
packaging is identical. Each disk is individually numbered. There is also a full
keyboard overlay, showing command shortcuts.
The manual was written by IBM and thus does not include the story by Roberta Williams
explaining the quest, so you're basically stealing the three treasures just because
King Edward told you to. Sir Graham is referred to as "Sir Grahame", and the manual
illustrations look like something out of the "Fractured Fairy Tales" on the Rocky
and Bullwinkle show.
See what I mean?
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