When we think of those “old time” adventure games, naturally Infocom comes to mind. But for graphic adventures, the king was Sierra. Over at gunaxin.com, Ben has a list of Sierra’s products, and it’s impressive.

Naturally, there are the “name” series known to many. King’s Quest is perhaps the most famous, although not one of my favorites; I stopped with KQ5.

As it is, I never did complete any of the Series adventures except for the Gabriel Knight trio. Space Quest, for example, didn’t excite me much. I only played three of those.

Leisure Suit Larry was another; the first game was cute, but the joke wore thin in time, and LSL 3 was the last one for me. The Police Quest games I never even tried; no interest there at all.

The Quest For Glory games kept me interested through the second, but I couldn’t get into the third one, and that took care of QFG.

Then there were a pair of duos: two games featuring Laura Bow, and two “historicals”, Conquests Of Camelot and Conquests Of The Longbow (Robin Hood). I did play all of those.

The two that interested me the most were the Manhunter games. These were set on an Earth invaded and taken over by aliens. The adventures were bizarre and quite unlike anything else from Sierra. There was supposed to be a third game to complete the series, but it was never made. I was really disappointed by that.

But the above is just the tip of the gameberg, so to speak. There’s a long list of “singles”. Many are adventure games, though not all. Sierra, in its time, published in a variety of genres.

Also, Sierra was in the forefront of technology. I knew the 8-bit era was over when they dropped the Apple – their flagship computer – and started making product only for the PC.

In the same way, the company was an early adopter of CDs. Of course, that may have been necessity; the number of floppies was getting out of hand. And Sierra was an early advocate of sound cards, though they pushed the Roland, the most expensive one out there.

All I had to do to know the industry trends was to watch what Sierra was doing. Ken Williams was one sharp cookie.

Yeah, in its time, Sierra did a lot for adventure gamers. Check out the list and see how many titles you recognize, and, of course, played. Sierra, gone, but not forgotten.

Sierra’s Early Adventure Games on gunaxin

(P.S. As I write this, they have Ultima I on the list. U1 was published by California Pacific. I’ve left a note over there about that, but the game is still on the list)