Dragon History (DOS)

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Bert is a young dragon that lives with his parents Berta and Herbert in a magical land, where dragons got civilized, started to wear clothes and live peacefully with humans. One day, Herbert suddenly disappears, with rumors saying the he left his wife and son behind to search for a lost treasure. Meanwhile, a magical wand called Eveline decides to rule the world out of boredom, using Bert to cast a petrifying spell on the marionettes of a traveling puppeteer and cause other mischief among the local population. Now, Bert must fix all the trouble caused by Eveline, and search for his missing father.

Dračí Historie is a Czech point-and-click adventure game, originally the first Czech CD game ever to be published in 1995, and later released as open-source freeware in 2006 by the original developer. It follows the standards of the genre, where the main objective is to collect a series of scenery objects and use them to solve puzzles. The inventory shows the interior of a brown sack, and can be accessed by placing the cursor on the top of the screen. A map showing an overhead view of the land can be summoned by positioning the cursor at the bottom. New places are automatically added to the map as the player explores the surroundings, allowing instantaneous travel to any of the previously visited locations.

The dialogue with other characters uses the branching tree system implemented by several other games, where multiple questions and answers appear listed as options at the bottom and the player has to select one of them. There is no menu with verbs, instead all the actions are performed with the right mouse button, while the left one is used to get descriptions of objects and portions of the scenery.

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Dragon History DOS Visiting chairs
Dragon History DOS Bert's father is playing on horn for Bert
Dragon History DOS Watching the puppets show
Dragon History DOS Near the pub

Alternate Titles

  • "Smocze Historie" -- Polish title
  • "Dračí Historie" -- Czech title

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Critic Reviews

Freegame.cz Jun 22, 2006 93 out of 100 93
Excalibur Feb 01, 1996 88 out of 100 88
Plné Hry Jun 25, 2006 80 out of 100 80
Hrej! Jun 22, 2006 8 out of 10 80
FreeHry.cz Jul 02, 2006 70 out of 100 70

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Trivia

ScummVM support

In late 2009, Robert Špalek personally added the game to the ScummVM interpreter project. The freeware game can be downloaded from Špalek's site and run on modern computers and other devices with ScummVM.

Related Web Sites

  • Dračí Historie (Official site from Robert Špalek, where the freeware version is available in English, Czech and Polish, with optional Czech speech files.)
  • ScummVM (supports Dračí Historie under Windows, Linux, Macintosh and other platforms.)
Macs Black (77770) added Dragon History (DOS) on Jan 11, 2010