Join Date: Feb 2011
Some self proclaimed "frivolous" questions by a Steve Udell, on February 9th, 1987:
"While this might be a bit frivolous in this world of heavy duty computing, I
have some questions about King's Quest II.
WARNING: don't read any further if you're playing
the game and don't want any hints.
1) At the end of the game, when you see all the characters you've met sitting
in the church, their happens to be a dragon there. Did he show up any
place else in the program (or in KQ I), or is he just there for show?
2) Early on in the game I encountered a "Batmobil" in the screen outside the
witch's cave. After I got the first door opened, it didn't show up again.
Has anyone been able to figure out what it's for--is it just for show, can
you get into it, etc.????
On September 8th 1987, a man asks for game recommendations for his 4 and 8 year old children, who just so happen to like King's Quest: http://groups.google.com/group/comp....7ac5cc74ec0eec
"My kids are 4 and 8, both read somewhat above the average for their age, and
they're clamoring for games to play on their parents' PC. (AT with EGA
display.) I've discovered that most of the games available on BBS's are
either inane, poorly designed, violent, or simply boring to my kids.
Games they have liked include WPK (public domain), Facemaker (mildly
interesting), King's Quest (!!!), and Gertrude's Secrets. Flight Simulator
was a turnoff (too complex and frustrating). Adventures in Math is a big hit.
I'm interested in both educational and purely recreational software, that is
truly suitable for kids. Please post, rather than mail your suggestions, so
that others on the net can see them. (Also, my system's mailer is flaky.)
If you can comment, please note if the game is dependent on the system
clock speed, or absolutely must have a CGA. (I have a neat p/d routine,
SETVID, that throws the EGA into CGA mode. Works sometimes.) Also, please
note if the game is self-booting, or runs under DOS, or even (like King's
Quest) has a hard disk install routine
Another guy writing on December 16th 1987 recommends KQ, in response to another guy asking for kid's software recommendations:
"Well, I can't recommend anything, but if anyone finds something, I'd be
interested in hearing about it. I have two 5 year olds, and the only thing
they consistently enjoy is NeoChrome. I acquired some public domain games
(Mr. Potato Head, Old MacDonald's "Concentration", a couple "music for
children" games), but they're not very interactive ("click on a square to
select an action"), and the kids had absolutely zero interest in them, so
I would recommend games where the mouse or joystick moves something besides
just a cursor on the screen. I haven't looked in stores lately, but when
I did, I was not impressed. Now that Toys R Us has stopped carrying the ST,
I don't hold out much hope for seeing any decent children's stuff.
It should be a lot easier to find something for a child who can read(something
similar to King's Quest?) Also, everything I've seen runs in low-resolution,
so you'd better have a color monitor.
I think it depends a lot on the child: A five-year old friend came over,
and we finally had to drag him off the machine, because he's a video game
addict (he plays space war games as well as I do!)