If you’re like me, your entire childhood basically consisted of King’s Quest, Space Quest, Police Quest, Gold Rush!, Hero’s Quest followed by Quest for Glory, Manhunter, The Colonel’s Bequest—you get the idea.
Did you know that you can play some of these games online at Sarien.net? It’s true. If you’re a Sierra fan and you haven’t been to that site before, take the rest of the day off. You’re going to need it.
So to hear that the guy behind Sarien.net, Martin Kool, is working on iPad-specific versions of these games actually gave me a little jolt of adrenaline when I read it. I must be really nostalgic for childhood. Or an iPad, somehow.
Here’s a video demo of Space Quest on the iPad:
Notice the multitouch? One finger to walk, two to look? I like.
Now these games all actually run right within the browser, and save points are designated by unique URLs that you can keep as bookmarks. This means you won’t have to download anything, but you’ll need some sort of connection in order to play.
The other big sticking point is whether or not Activision, which owns the Sierra brand, even knows about Sarien.net yet and if it’ll leave Kool alone from a legal standpoint. According to TouchArcade, “He just hopes that Activision either grants him a noncommercial license or somehow involves him in republishing the games in HD like he has.” Kool doesn’t charge anything to play the games now and there are no ads on his site.
Activision, if you’re reading this, don’t be jerks. Leave this one alone. If you’re going to pull the plug on this, at least whip up mobile versions of these games yourselves so we can play them. Oh, and thanks for reading Techland.
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