Les Manley in: Search for the King description
How to attract attention in the difficult task of copying other people's ideas into their coffers? Perhaps to make the same quality game? It's hard, but do not despair, because you can start small with speaker, attracting names. Les Manley. Less Manly. That is less of a man. Already a play on words, emphasizing, in whose role will have to get used, – a dead loser.
Trying to cash in on the laurels of Larry Laffer, the developers of Accolade stocked up a long roll of carbon paper, and not one. Let's go over the basic parts: an adult-Comedy theme, the style of the cover girls closeup, hints of nudity, there are even "jokes" in the address to be copied! Hero: the charismatic loser, obsessed with lust. No, charisma is not brought here. Yes, and some he is not particularly lustful – slightly. Problems with potency? At this age? Hmmm... This is all the fruit of sedentary work.
If Larry Laffer trying to find love, or at least to lose your virginity, the Forest Manley - no, did not copy his goal; at least she's not in the first place. He needs fame and money to impress his secret lover - Secretary. And so he steps into a difficult and absurd way in search of the King, which will ensure victory in the competition on a TV channel where he works.
Well, what do you think: what the "King" can look up in a country where such a title never existed? One and only: buff white overalls, high pompadours and excessive calorie sandwiches. Although, of course, not for him — in order to avoid legal action all matches are random. Rumors that the King is alive and not died from a drug overdose and disregard for their managers, while still hovered, although the truth was in them as in the same theory that Paul McCartney died in 66 and it was replaced by a double, so as not to ruin a successful group. In Les Manley are other references to pop culture, and if you take the second part (imagine it has a sequel!), they're just there every step of the way.
That happens in the game has almost no sense is a collection of scenes, sketches, gags, jokes (doubtful). Even Leisure Suit Larry for some part tried to build a logical puzzle and reach through all the story thread. Here it is though, but too often cut off, to understand why a set of completely incoherent action we are trying to present as a unified whole.
Descriptions of locations often do not give a clue as to what exactly is in them. To understand exactly what is that pile of dead pixels, can be difficult. After all the command and what to apply them, one must enter by hand. And ask PC: "what is this standing before me?" - will not work. So, spin the reels, the player. To victory. On a bad tradition of eating here and the instant of loss, but, at first glance, not so much.
But Les Manley copies not only of the hero, the theme and General mood, he copies the engine still games from Sierra! And it does it very accurately, starting from a combination of a text parser and keyboard control, ending the scoring system and the appearance of the inventory. Had a good run. And even added quicksave with quickload'ω on the usual F5-F9! Of course, by that time, and was 90th year, it was already the second time. Questedly already abandoned the use of the keyboard and text input in their games, and what Sierra was doing at the time, was the last "transitional models." The graphics are not bad, but not eye-catching. VGA at 16 colors. There are a few interesting scenes, such as a large panorama of the circus (pretty braking), but overall it's pretty ordinary.
The musical accompaniment is similarly not performed at the level of a blockbuster: here and there sound palatable (for MT-32), but lacking any stars tracks, and then somehow did not sound. Maybe the composer is not paid in full soundtrack.
And if you suddenly visited by the thought that the carbon paper carpet roll out – forced to disappoint you. Even in the matter of filling the box with the game Accolade did not want to go their own way – also there was a small newspaper, in fact, describing some third party plot twists and turns, information about events in the world, but also serves as hints. The same idea was then Sierra games, although the insertion of the fake periodicals indulged and others.
Finally, copy protection. No answers from the then Leisure Suit Larry for, like, three won't come. Here we have used a particularly sophisticated way of protection at that time: in the box in addition to the listed press was a piece of paper with a list of the required parts, the cost of which was to send the pirates back to Barbados. The answers were encrypted in the picture, which can be read only with the help of the attached color filter. Without it — it's just a bunch of doodles. And you say: what to do if you lost the CD-key.
Search for the King is attempting to copy the adventures of one of the most colorful characters of adventure at the time. The character, which I remember to this day, unlike. Trying to emulate Comedy is always much more difficult: if two jokes on the subject of flatulence to make four, then the result may change in a negative way. Here we need a more balanced approach. Les Manley – traditional quest serovskoj school, but he came out a wrong. False.
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