Dračí Historie

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Dračí Historie
Cover of the game
Publisher(s)Vochozka Trading[1]
Writer(s)Pavel Pospíšil[2]
Composer(s)Radovan Kramář[2]
Genre(s)Point-and-click Adventure

Dračí historie (English: Dragon History) is a 1995 DOS-based adventure game developed in the Czech Republic by NoSense. It was the first-ever Czech game to include dubbing and released on CD. The game was last updated in 2006. The dubbing was also translated into Polish and subtitles were translated into English and German.[3]


Conception and design[edit]

Early development commenced in 1994, by a group called NoSense, consisting of students at Masaryk University, in Brno, Czech Republic. The team consisted of programmers Pavel Pospíšil, Lukáš Svoboda and Robert Špalek; graphic artists Jakub Dvorský, Pavel Jura and Jan Pokorný; and musician Radovan Kramář.[4] These students knew members of the small development team Pterodon, which had been responsible for Tajemství Oslího ostrova, a noted success at the time. Hoping to outdo the Pterodon team, the team grew and eventually consisted of seven people. During 1994 and early 1995, NoSense focused on finding artists and writing a story. Active development began in mid-1995.[1] The game was designed to be a grotesque adventure with unbridled jokes, and contained forty locations.[5]

Release and aftermath[edit]

Published in Christmas 1995,[6] the game sold 7000 copies, becoming one of the best selling Czech games.[5] In addition, it was the first-ever title to be released in the Czech Republic on CD.[5] The CD version was the first Czech game to include amateur Czech dubbing, a breakthrough for the Czech game industry.[6] 11 years later, the game was made available under the GPL License and was free to download after this point.[5]

NoSense followed the game with 1997's Asmodeus, which was worked on by Jakub Dvorský, who had also contributed to Dračí historie and later founded the Czech development company Amanita Design.[7]

11 years after the game's original release in 2006, the game was revised for the first time, when Roberta Špalka cleaned it up ready for a remastered version which was released as freeware.[4][8] In the summer of 2009, Denis Kasak completed an initial port of the game into C++ as part of the ScummVM project, during Google Summer of Code'09 (with Špalek as the mentor).[4][9] The port was then completed by Špalek. In 2010 he cleaned the game scripts and graphics in order to make it easier to translate to other languages, while the English, German, and Polish versions were refined.[4]

Plot and gameplay[edit]

The game centres around a teen dragon named Bert. He lives with his father Herbert and mother Berta. Bert's father leaves to look for treasure. In his absence, Bert befriends the evil magic wand Evelyn. His father did not return for a long time, and the wand also disappeared. Therefore, Bert decides to find them.

Critical reception[edit]

The game received mostly positive reviews from critics in 1995. The lowest rating was 60% from Score, while the highest was 92% from Riki.[10]

A review on Freegame.cz written in 2006 commented that the technical processing still held up.[5] Tiscali.cz said that while the game was disappointing, it was nevertheless a turning point for the Czech game scene.[6] Gry Online felt the game was humorous and targeted at children.[11] Databaze-her.cz thought the title had pleasant cartoon graphics and humorous dialogues.[12] In 2006, Bonusweb gave the game a rating of 80%, commenting that it had lost virtually nothing of its attractiveness.[13] FreeHry.cz described it as a "true nostalgic memory of old good adventures".[14] In 2010, Root.cz deemed it a blast from the past, yet still fun to play.[15]

The game sold 7,000 copies in 1995, one of the best-selling Czech games at the time.[16] Between 1995 and 1999, approximately 10 to 15 thousand official copies were sold.[17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Interview: NoSense". Score. 23 (11/1995): 10–11. 1 November 1995. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Dračí Historie – Zajímavosti – Databáze-her.cz". www.databaze-her.cz (in Czech). Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Dragon History". Ucw.cz.
  4. ^ a b c d "Dračí Historie". www.ucw.cz. Retrieved 2018-07-16.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Dračí Historie". Freegame.cz. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  6. ^ a b c Tiscali. "Historie adventur #4: česká stopa - Games.cz". Games.cz (in Czech). Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  7. ^ Tiscali. "České a slovenské hry pod koly času - Games.cz". Games.cz (in Czech). Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  8. ^ "Dračí Historie". Hrej.cz. Retrieved 2018-07-16.
  9. ^ Krčmář, Petr. "Česká hra Dračí Historie pod ScummVM - Root.cz". Root.cz (in Czech). Retrieved 2018-07-16.
  10. ^ "Dračí Historie". www.oldgames.sk (in Slovak). Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  11. ^ "Smocze Historie (PC) | GRYOnline.pl". GRY-Online.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 2018-07-16.
  12. ^ "Dračí Historie – Databáze-her.cz". www.databaze-her.cz (in Czech). Retrieved 2018-07-16.
  13. ^ "Dračí Historie - původně komerční hra nyní zadarmo". iDNES.cz. 2006-06-25. Retrieved 2018-07-16.
  14. ^ xixáč. "Dračí Historie: NOSTALGICKÁ VZPOMÍNKA - FreeHry.cz". freehry.doupe.zive.cz. Retrieved 2018-07-16.
  15. ^ Krčmář, Petr. "Dračí historie: klasická adventura i pro Linux - Root.cz". Root.cz (in Czech). Retrieved 2018-07-16.
  16. ^ "Dračí historie". www.cshry.cz. 2 September 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  17. ^ "Dračí Historie". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2018-07-16.

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