The Quest (1983 video game)

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The Quest
Developer(s)Penguin Software
Publisher(s)Penguin Software
Designer(s)Dallas Snell
Joe Toler
Joel Ellis Rea
Platform(s)Apple II series, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, MS-DOS, Macintosh
ReleaseJuly 1983
Genre(s)Interactive fiction, Adventure
Mode(s)Single player

The Quest is a graphic fantasy text adventure computer game released in 1983 by Penguin Software. Originally designed by Dallas Snell for the Apple II and was later ported to several other home computer systems of the era.


The game takes place in a medieval fantasy setting in the Kingdom of Balema as a dragon threatens its citizens. The player takes the role of the King's newest Adviser and with the help of the King's champion, Gorn, set out to end the dragon menace.


The player controls the actions of the party by typing basic commands that are to be issued by the player's character and performed by either the group, Gorn or your character. The game is played largely by nonlinear exploration and finding important items to allow the player to complete the objective. The player has access to both a text and graphic description of each scene and is able to toggle between strictly text and text/graphic mode.


When the game was brought to Penguin Software, some of its content was deemed slightly too mature for publication and was subsequently "toned down" for its release. Despite these changes, the game was given a review in Playboy and is the only game published by Penguin Software to be reviewed by the magazine.[1] Electronic Fun with Computers & Games called it "one of the best combinations of graphics and text around".[2] While praising the graphics, SoftSide described the game's multiple ways to win as a "unique aspect".[3] Softline wrote, "It looks like Penguin Software has really done it: adventure game with beautiful hi-res graphics, a great plot, and sneaky surprises!"[4]


  1. ^ "Advenuture Games". Polarware Archive site. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  2. ^ "Go East Young Person". Electronic Fun with Computers & Games. Vol. 2 no. 1. November 1983. p. 100–101.
  3. ^ "Death to the Dragon". SoftSide. No. 45. November 1983. p. 105.
  4. ^ "The Quest". Softline. Vol. 3 no. 1. November–December 1983. p. 24.

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