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How common are EGA releases of Sierra's VGA games?

Postby beigemore » Fri Aug 12, 2011 10:25 pm

I've got the remake of The Sarien Encounter as well as an original Time Rippers, but they're both the 16 color EGA versions of these games. Are these considered to be uncommon? Seems like all I can find online are the actual VGA releases of both of these. SQ1 is on 3.5" disks, while SQ4 is on 5.25" disks.
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Re: How common are EGA releases of Sierra's VGA games?

Postby OmerMor » Sat Aug 13, 2011 5:46 am

They are indeed quite rare.
Through the years I collected as many as I could, and this is the list of the games that I have:
  • Conquests of the Longbow
  • Gobliiins 1
  • Heart of China
  • Hoyle Book of Games Volume 3
  • Jones in the Fast Lane
  • King's Quest 5
  • Leisure Suit Larry 1 Remake
  • Leisure Suit Larry 5
  • Mixed-Up Fairy Tales
  • Police Quest 4
  • Rise of the Dragon
  • Space Quest 1 Remake
  • Space Quest 4
  • The Adventures of Willy Beamish
  • The Castle of Dr. Brain

I believe there's only one game that I'm missing: EcoQuest 1.
If you need help finding them, drop me a message.
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Re: How common are EGA releases of Sierra's VGA games?

Postby MusicallyInspired » Sat Aug 13, 2011 10:11 pm

Eco Quest is EXCEEDINGLY rare. So much so that nobody's actually seen a copy. It may not exist. But that's strange considering it has a SCI10 release, of which all games running that particular version of the interpreter have a 320x200 16-color counterpart. But it did also get a second floppy release in the SCI11 interpreter which has a built-in 16-colour 640x400 driver. Perhaps it came out relatively quickly and so didn't bother making an actual separate EGA version.

I had copies of KQ5 and SQ4 in EGA because my dad had a Tandy 1000 at the time and had to send away for the EGA copies. Also had Rise of the Dragon and Heart of China. I acquired the others eventually as well. But they are indeed rare.
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Re: How common are EGA releases of Sierra's VGA games?

Postby beigemore » Sat Aug 13, 2011 11:04 pm

I ended up withe the EGA SQ1SCI because it was one of my earlier PC game purchases and didn't know what EGA/VGA meant.. plus I don't recall the store having another copy of SQ1 anyway.

The EGA SQ4 was because I really enjoyed the SQ games and had finished 1-3 and 5, and really wanted to play 4, but of course the Software Etc only had the EGA release in-stock. I bought it because I didn't think they'd get more in, which was probably correct.
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Re: How common are EGA releases of Sierra's VGA games?

Postby MusicallyInspired » Sun Aug 14, 2011 12:26 am

Interesting. I was under the impression that the EGA versions could only be obtained by buying the regular VGA version and using a mail-away card included inside to send away with the VGA disks to get the EGA ones back.
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Re: How common are EGA releases of Sierra's VGA games?

Postby beigemore » Sun Aug 14, 2011 1:03 am

They were definitely available through retail... or at least some of them.
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Re: How common are EGA releases of Sierra's VGA games?

Postby Tawmis » Mon Aug 15, 2011 2:44 pm

They were indeed available by retail. I think the VGA versions offered it through mail away, however, as well. Because I have the EGA version of KQ4, that I know I got from Egghead Software, because the receipt is still in the box.
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Re: How common are EGA releases of Sierra's VGA games?

Postby Collector » Mon Aug 15, 2011 2:52 pm

Tawmis wrote:They were indeed available by retail. I think the VGA versions offered it through mail away, however, as well. Because I have the EGA version of KQ4, that I know I got from Egghead Software, because the receipt is still in the box.

Of course there is no VGA version of KQ4. The difference was AGI vs SCI. The above examples (except the Dynamix titles) are all SCI EGA and SCI VGA.
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Re: How common are EGA releases of Sierra's VGA games?

Postby Tawmis » Tue Aug 16, 2011 3:21 am

Collector wrote:
Tawmis wrote:They were indeed available by retail. I think the VGA versions offered it through mail away, however, as well. Because I have the EGA version of KQ4, that I know I got from Egghead Software, because the receipt is still in the box.

Of course there is no VGA version of KQ4. The difference was AGI vs SCI. The above examples (except the Dynamix titles) are all SCI EGA and SCI VGA.


For freak's sake - I meant to say SQ4, not KQ4 (as in to agree with the original post)...
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Re: How common are EGA releases of Sierra's VGA games?

Postby audiodane » Tue Aug 16, 2011 9:54 am

Tawmis wrote:
Collector wrote:
Tawmis wrote:They were indeed available by retail. I think the VGA versions offered it through mail away, however, as well. Because I have the EGA version of KQ4, that I know I got from Egghead Software, because the receipt is still in the box.

Of course there is no VGA version of KQ4. The difference was AGI vs SCI. The above examples (except the Dynamix titles) are all SCI EGA and SCI VGA.


For freak's sake - I meant to say SQ4, not KQ4 (as in to agree with the original post)...
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Aye- I knew you meant SQ4... :)
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Re: How common are EGA releases of Sierra's VGA games?

Postby MusicallyInspired » Tue Aug 16, 2011 10:17 am

Lol ahh typos on the internet...
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Re: How common are EGA releases of Sierra's VGA games?

Postby Collector » Tue Aug 16, 2011 11:34 am

Tawmis wrote:For freak's sake - I meant to say SQ4, not KQ4 (as in to agree with the original post)...
:oops:

Ahh, it was a finger fart, not a brain fart. ;)
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Re: How common are EGA releases of Sierra's VGA games?

Postby Tawmis » Tue Aug 16, 2011 12:20 pm

Collector wrote:
Tawmis wrote:For freak's sake - I meant to say SQ4, not KQ4 (as in to agree with the original post)...
:oops:

Ahh, it was a finger fart, not a brain fart. ;)


No, I'd blame the brain. Because even though I read, and even though I meant to say SQ4, I probably wrote KQ4, because by the time I hit reply/respond, my brain had already drifted off and thought of KQ4 because of the very AGI/SCI difference... :roll:
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Re: How common are EGA releases of Sierra's VGA games?

Postby Collector » Tue Aug 16, 2011 12:40 pm

None the less, the two versions of KQ4 exist for the same reasons. A version that has lower hardware requirements for those with older machines.
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Re: How common are EGA releases of Sierra's VGA games?

Postby beigemore » Tue Aug 16, 2011 4:03 pm

What are the differences between the two KQ4 versions?
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