The Lost Treasures of Infocom
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|The Lost Treasures of Infocom|
The Lost Treasures of Infocom is a collection of 20 computer games from interactive fiction pioneer Infocom, released in 1991. It was available in MS-DOS, Apple Macintosh, Amiga, and Apple IIGS versions, as well as a cross-platform CD-ROM version, followed by a re-release on the Apple Computer iOS platform in 2012. Infocom was closed in 1989 by its then-parent company Activision. Still holding the copyright to nearly all the past Infocom titles, Activision bundled 20 of the most popular into this package. The games included are:
- Zork I
- Zork II
- Zork III
- Beyond Zork
- Zork Zero
- The Witness
- The Lurking Horror
- The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
The package contains all the instructions (bound in one volume) and maps for each game as well as all the InvisiClues, printed normally instead of using "invisible" ink. The package also features a launch menu which lets the user select which one of the 20 games they wish to play.
An additional bonus was the updated version of Hitchhiker's Guide. The game was repackaged using a later version of the Z-machine than the original, and now featured a built-in hint system.
Some significant omissions from the package were the "feelies" for which Infocom had become known. The package merely contained photocopies or pictures of these items, such as the sunglasses from Hitchhiker's Guide and the Stellar Patrol ID card from Planetfall.
The Lost Treasures of Infocom II
|The Lost Treasures of Infocom II|
The success of the original Lost Treasures of Infocom prompted a follow-up collection published in 1992 titled The Lost Treasures of Infocom II. This package contained 11 more classic Infocom titles. The games included in Lost Treasures II were:
- Border Zone
- A Mind Forever Voyaging
- Plundered Hearts
- Hollywood Hijinx
- Sherlock: The Riddle of the Crown Jewels
- Nord and Bert Couldn't Make Head or Tail of It
Leather Goddesses of Phobos was not included, but could be ordered for $9.95 via an enclosed coupon.
The Soul of the Samurai and Known World maps from Shogun and the map from Journey were included separately; an added instruction manual included the Book of Hours from Arthur as well as instructions for all three added games.