As for the Colonel's Bequest, clearly it was an attempt from Roberta Williams to remake and improve her first game, Mystery House, and a quite successful one, though that wouldn't be too hard since Mystery House lacked animation, color, music and any character depth or even plot. I do believe the focus of Laura Bow 1 lies on the leading and sole animator though, Douglas Herring, who also drew most of the game's backgrounds (see picture below). The graphics of the game have his trademark printed all over it and he added some personal touches. For example, the rowing boat in which Laura arrives at the plantation carries the name "Jessie". Jessie is a reference to Herring's niece, who was 6 or 7 years old at the time the game was published.
Another thing about the Colonel's Bequest is of course the content of the box and the unique copyright protection of the game. It comes with a map of the plantation which, on the back, carries a number of disguised fingerprints with character names below each print. To access the game, the player would have to identify a print, using a magnifying glass which came in the box and revealed those prints. Another item that came in the box was a pen, a highly collectible item which is missing from most auctions of this game. What else can i say, it was one of the last, if not THE last AGI game and people have been begging for a remake. It was added to the 1997 King's Quest Collection, along with its sequel, as well as in the Roberta William's Anthology.
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