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How to get the original Sierra adventures to run on ModernPCs?

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Where can I get some of Sierra/Roberta's earliest titles--Mystery House, Time Zone, Adventure in Serenia, etc--and how can I get them to run on a Windows 7 PC?
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  • Adventure in Serenia is a dos game... You only need to use DOSBox.

    I won't tell you where to get it however, as that would be 'piracy'. That being said its not that difficult to find.

    As for legal versions of most of the games you mentioned, the last time they were officially released was in the Roberta William's collection, although King's Quest Collection released around the same time also has a few of them.

    The above link has many of the apple II and Apple IIGS versions though emulated... Who knows for how long, if people keep linking to it, and let activision know it exists ;). Kinda like how they went after Sarien.net...
  • For Apple games this should work well: http://applewin.berlios.de/ If I recall right it's the same emu that came with Roberta Williams Anthology.

    For AGI, SCI etc. games dosBOX works well, but ScummVM has also added support for several AGI and SCI sierra games, so that's actually more user friendly approach at the moment.
  • Depending on the game, it may also help to check the New Installers for Sierra Games page at sierrahelp.com
  • He said the earliest titles, though.
  • I'd have a crack at 'D-Fend Reloaded'. It is a lot easier than DOSbox.
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    I've heard tale of something called 'eXoDOS' that compiles every single adventure game ever made for dos into a front end menu with cross referencing databases, screenshots, and scripts to automatically launch in dosbox..... and I also hear tale that vol 1 is specifically based on adventure games... It is up to your google skills however to locate this mythical beast.
  • BagginsKQ;636753 said:
    Adventure in Serenia is a dos game... You only need to use DOSBox.

    I won't tell you where to get it however, as that would be 'piracy'. That being said its not that difficult to find.

    As for legal versions of most of the games you mentioned, the last time they were officially released was in the Roberta William's collection, although King's Quest Collection released around the same time also has a few of them.

    The above link has many of the apple II and Apple IIGS versions though emulated... Who knows for how long, if people keep linking to it, and let activision know it exists ;). Kinda like how they went after Sarien.net...
    For me it's either legal version or nothing. But that said, it's bit annoying that Activision won't release the early titles as freeware or earn money by making those games available in GOG or similar place.
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