January 10, 2013
Dad's Basement is a video series from me, Dana, the Dad of the Happy Game Family, wherein I play, show off, and try to convey what was cool about some of my favorite games from yesteryear. I hope you kids appreciate that I'm spending some extra time cutting together all the cool parts! Get off my lawn, unless you're going to mow it for me!
Legacy of the Ancients was an RPG with action elements, and a contemporary of other RPG series at the time like Ultima, Wizardry, and the Bard's Tale. It was released in 1987 by Electronic Arts, and was developed by Quest Software, a company made up of twin brothers John and Charles Dougherty, who also developed the Questron games for SSI.
In this video I show off the demo mode of the game as captured from a C-64, and then embark on a series of highlights from a quick runthrough of the beginning of the game.
I believe the motif of this game, a galactic museum filled with "out-of-tune" video screens that served as doorways to dungeons and other parts of the world, is very similar to, and a possible inspiration for, the motif of the game of Myst, which was released 6 years later and was also developed exclusively by two brothers.
- "Legacy of the Ancients", Quest Software/Electronic Arts;