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The Dallas Quest

MobyRank MobyScore
Apple II
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Commodore 64
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2.0
Atari 8-bit
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2.0
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Description

When a game is faithful to the poor writing and wildly implausible plot conventions of a soap opera, does that make it a bad game or an effective adaptation of its source material? In any case, this game situates you as a private investigator hired by Sue Ellen to find a map to hidden oil fields, in hopes to accumulate enough wealth to escape the sinister influence of J.R. You snoop around the grounds of the South Fork Ranch, superficially interacting with much-loved characters from the TV show and an assortment of extras from the animal kingdom. So far, so good.

Your travels ultimately lead you to the jungles around Playa Peligro, in South America, where you overcome a series of obstacles by using various techniques, but mostly by doping a friendly monkey with tobacco -- a firm reminder that we're descending beneath even soap opera plot conflicts and sitting squarely in an early-'80s text adventure game, with all of the internal logic-twisting that entails.

Screenshots

The Dallas Quest Commodore 64 Starting location
The Dallas Quest TRS-80 CoCo Playing the game at the start - talking to Sue Ellen
The Dallas Quest Atari 8-bit Use monkey's tail to plug up the hole in dinghy
The Dallas Quest Atari 8-bit Encountering jungle's inhabitants

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TeleMatch Commodore 64 Jul, 1984 1 out of 6 100

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Awards

  • Happy Computer
    • Issue 04/1985 - #3 Best Game in 1984 (Readers' Vote) (Commodore 64 version)

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