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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. Sue Ellen offers you a reward of $2 million for the map. 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. You must avoid J.R. who would like to put a stop to Sue Ellen's plans. 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.

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The Dallas Quest Atari 8-bit Reaching the village
The Dallas Quest TRS-80 CoCo Trampled to death... just one of the stupid ways to die
The Dallas Quest Atari 8-bit In the den
The Dallas Quest TRS-80 CoCo Opening credits screen

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Your Commodore Commodore 64 Nov, 1984 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
TeleMatch Commodore 64 Jul, 1984 1 out of 6 100
64'er Commodore 64 Aug, 1984 Unscored Unscored

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

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