Sunday, March 4, 2012

Cover to Cover: Infocom 1987 Catalog (pp. 7-8)

We're continuing our leisurely stroll through the pages of Infocom's 1987 product catalog.  Activision had acquired the legendary interactive fiction publisher, but the push for graphics and "marketability" had not yet begun, and some of these late games are among Infocom's best lesser-known efforts.

Page 7 features one of Infocom's two romances -- Amy Briggs' swashbuckling Plundered Hearts, featuring a female protagonist, which I have already written about in some detail:

Page 8 features Douglas Adams' second Infocom game, following the best-selling adaptation of his Hitchhiker's Guide to the GalaxyBureaucracy was an original work created by Adams especially for the interactive fiction medium, a unique literary work by one of the greats; the game didn't sell particularly well, but the industry itself was failing at the time, and Douglas Adams fans should definitely track this one down.  (And I am making a note to myself not to let this one go unplayed for too much longer.)

Next week, more pages...

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