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Freddy Pharkas: Frontier Pharmacist (DOS)

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Description

Freddy Pharkas was one of the fastest guns in the American West of the 1880's. However in one particular gunfight with an outlaw named Kenny he was outgunned and Freddy had his ear shot off. This traumatic experience caused Freddy to give up his pistols and enroll in the school of pharmacology. Blocking out the memories of his past, Freddy arrives in the town of Coarsegold with the dream to own and run his own pharmacy. Working with the town's doctor, Freddy is able to fill prescriptions, mix concoctions and diagnose simple symptoms. Business among the townsfolk is brisk however, the good times are not to last as suddenly townsfolk are run out of town and businesses are being foreclosed and boarded up. Freddy must deal with the town's problems, and discover the larger plot, or risk having a fancy shop in an empty town and losing all his customers.

Freddy Pharkas: Frontier Pharmacist is a humorous point-and-click adventure game bearing many similarities to other Sierra titles in the same genre, in particular Leisure Suit Larry series. Players use the command bar at the top of the screen to choose a verb command that is combined with locations and objects visible to the player. Freddy can walk to new locations, look at particular objects, attempt to use objects, talk to people and enter his inventory to access items that have been picked up. Like other Sierra games, successful actions add to the player's score, judging the player on 1000 points.

Screenshots

Freddy Pharkas: Frontier Pharmacist DOS In Freddy's bedroom
Freddy Pharkas: Frontier Pharmacist DOS Gunslingers shooting the town up
Freddy Pharkas: Frontier Pharmacist DOS Penelope Primm comes by with a prescription
Freddy Pharkas: Frontier Pharmacist DOS Outside the school house

Alternate Titles

  • "多情藥師酷牛仔" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "הטוב הרע והרוקח (The Good, the bad and the pharmacist)" -- Hebrew spelling
  • "Freddy Pharkas, le Cow-Boy Pharmacien" -- French title
  • "Freddy Pharkas: Cowboy Farmacéutico" -- Spanish title
  • "Freddy Pharkas: Cowboy Apotheker" -- German title
  • "Freddy Pharkas, Apotheker im Wilden Westen" -- Alternate German title

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User Reviews

Remember those times when adventure games were fun? אולג 小奥 (168584) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars
Very funny and inventive, but not without flaws Adam Luoranen (78) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
Freddy Pharkas rules... all other games BURN IN HELL! *Katakis* (37691) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars
A classic, hilarious sierra adventure Andrew Grasmeder (205) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Novel adventure with flawed implementation pogalogen (14) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
This game could have been much better than it turned out OceansDaughter (106) 1.2 Stars1.2 Stars1.2 Stars1.2 Stars1.2 Stars
Okay, it's funny. But those puzzles are grotesque! -Chris (7365) unrated
Sierra mix more good medicine jossiejojo (41) 3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars

The Press Says

Adventure Classic Gaming Apr 17, 2006 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Freegame.cz Jul 22, 2007 92 out of 100 92
Power Unlimited Nov, 1993 8.9 out of 10 89
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jan, 1995 10 out of 12 83
Datormagazin Jun, 1993 4 out of 5 80
Adventure Gamers May 06, 2004 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Games (Germany) Jun, 1993 79 out of 100 79
Power Play Jun, 1993 74 out of 100 74
PC Games (Germany) Jan, 1995 71 out of 100 71
PC Player (Germany) Jun, 1993 68 out of 100 68

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Trivia

CD version

This game was first released on 3.5 disks but Sierra later offered a version on CD which featured voice acting and an improved soundtrack.

Demo version

There was a demo version of Freddy Pharkas on a Sierra sampler CD. When you wanted to access a new area or use a special item, a little window would pop up and contain a FMV with Al Lowe that explained that if you want to use this, get the full version. If you continued trying to use the item, you would get hauled off to jail by a sheriff.

References

In the Saloon, switch the music by talking to the piano player and ask "Zircon Jim's Theme". It's the Leisure Suit Larry theme.

Sounds

By using the Keypad keys with activated NumLock, you can play goofy noises found in the game. A lot of them are from puzzles in the game.

Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) –#13 Funniest Computer Game
Information also contributed by Arson Winter, Itay Shahar and Julien LC

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