Star Trek: The Secret of Vulcan Fury

After Interplay released the brilliant Star Trek: 25th Anniversary game in 1992, they followed it up with the even more polished Star Trek: Judgment Rites. Not only were these great adventures, but also they featured the original cast as voice actors. Then, in 1997, Interplay promised Star Trek: The Secret of Vulcan Fury. It was to be a cutting edge adventure game, using the latest motion capture technology. Again, the original cast lent their voices to the game, using a script by famous Star Trek writer D.C. Fontana. Sadly, financial problems at Interplay, coupled with the high development costs meant that this game never saw the light of day. I still find this especially sad as a fan of Deforest Kelley who played Dr. McCoy. To my knowledge, this was the last time he played Bones, and the recordings seem to be lost forever. Part of me still holds out a glimmer of hope that this final installment of the original crew may someday see the light of day, but it seems highly unlikely

Denny’s & Atari Cook Up Retro Games

Looks like someone at Denny’s is a fan of vintage video games. When I saw mention of Atari on a Denny’s placemat, it transported me back to the early days of video game /food partnerships. Seems like the McDonalds & Atari promotion was just the other day. Now, Denny’s has partnered with Atari to offer iOS and Android versions of some classic Atari games. Each game adds some food elements to the original concept. Instead of Breakout, there’s “Takeout” and instead of Asteroids we have “Hashteroids”. If you’re not a purist appalled by the modifications, then it’s a chance to get some pretty fun games for free. The graphics have been tweaked to add the diner elements, but the original sound effects are just the same. I’d say it’s a grand slam for both Denny’s and Atari.

King’s Quest

King’s Quest – A Classic Adventure Returns

Although I had my heart set on an Apple IIc, my father thought that IBM was set for some success with their line of PCs. So, our first computer was an IBM PCjr (still running – thanks IBM!) and one of my first games was King’s Quest. The good folks at Sierra crafted a brilliant adventure, one that took full advantages of the PCjr’s color palette. They followed this up with a series of fantastic King’s Quest games, especially installments II – VI. Over time, the Sierra properties were acquired and reacquired by several firms, eventually landing with Activision. They’ve been dormant for some time – until this press release in which Activision announced they are bringing out a new King’s Quest game. I’m hopeful they turn out a quality product that lives up to the game’s impressive heritage, and stays somewhat true to its point-and-click adventure origins. If it is a success, maybe a new Space Quest will be on the horizon too, ushering in a new golden age of adventures. A gamer can dream.

Atari Age Final Issue

When I received my March/April 1984 copy of Atari Age, I had no idea it would be the publication’s final issue. And, from the looks of it, neither did the folks at Atari. The pages are jam-packed with upcoming cartridges. What really caught my eye was the move toward younger gamers for the 2600. The “kids cartridge” section featured new games with Taz from Looney Toons, and Oscar from Sesame Street. I wouldn’t have been in the market for these games at the time, but even if I were, I don’t recall ever seeing them in my local stores. Apparently they were indeed released, as was the special kids controller. If anyone ever played these on the 2600, I’d love to hear about them.