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Eric the Unready (DOS)

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Description

A tongue-in-cheek graphic text adventure/point and click adventure hybrid. You are a chivalrous knight attempting to save a princess; your quest takes you through a mad-cap Douglas Adams-style world.

Screenshots

Eric the Unready DOS pirate school at Treasure Island
Eric the Unready DOS Lilliput
Eric the Unready DOS Playing in map mode
Eric the Unready DOS the four-headed monkey! (as opposed to the 3 headed version in the monkey island series)

User Reviews

Above all, it's excellent entertainment. -Chris (7365) unrated
Watch out for Eric, Guybrush! Zovni (9361) 3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars
Parodies galore Everett Lamb (10) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

The Press Says

Quandary Jul, 1997 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Power Play Apr, 1993 85 out of 100 85
Dragon May, 1993 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Games (Germany) Aug, 1993 78 out of 100 78
PC Games (Germany) Mar, 1993 78 out of 100 78
PC Player (Germany) Mar, 1993 75 out of 100 75

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Trivia

CD-ROM version

The CD-ROM version adds animations, Super VGA graphics and a soundtrack.

Development

In a interview (about 2001), when Bob Bates was asked which was the most favorite game he designed or wrote, he said:

Eric The Unready is my favorite, because I had so damn much fun writing it. I remember clearly being up in the middle of the night for many nights in a row, cackling to myself over the oddball responses I built into oddball inputs. My goal was to always reward the player for being creative. The odder his input, the more I wanted to reward him. I couldn't do that in my other games, because comedy wasn't the focus. In Eric, I could have as much fun as I wanted to, and I did.

References

About halfway in the game, you pass through a turnstile. Suddenly, the interface and the graphics are removed, so that there's only plain text on the screen. It reads:

West of House
   You are standing in an open field west of a white house, with a boarded front door.
   You see a small mailbox here.
This is the beginning of Zork: The Great Underground Empire. Of course, you can play on normally and investigate the building.

Awards

  • Computer Choice Awards
    • 1993 - Finalist
  • Computer Game Review
    • 1993 - Golden Triad Award
  • Computer Gaming World
    • October 1993 (Issue #111) – Adventure Game of the Year (together with Star Control II)
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) - #103 overall in the “150 Best Games of All Time” list
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) –#9 Funniest Computer Game
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #11 Most Memorable Game Hero (Eric the Unready)
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #7 Most Rewarding Ending of All Time
  • Game Bytes
    • 1994 - Editor's Choice Award
  • Strategy Plus
    • 1993 - Adventure Game of the Year
Information also contributed by -Chris, Belboz, Indra was here and PCGamer77

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Robert Morgan (863) added Eric the Unready (DOS) on Nov 14, 1999