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Hi-Res Adventure #2: The Wizard and the Princess

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King George's daughter Priscilla has been kidnapped by an evil wizard named Harlin, who holds her in his castle. The King offers half of his kingdom to anyone who would venture into the faraway mountain land, enter the castle, defeat Harlin, and bring back the princess. Only one adventurer is brave enough to accept this challenge.

The Wizard and the Princess is a text adventure with graphics. The game's environments are composed of still shots viewed from first-person perspective. The player types combinations of verbs and objects to interact with the game world, move between locations, solve puzzles, and advance the story.

The IBM PC version, entitled Adventure in Serenia, is the exact same game, with the exception of the plot introduction, which is described as a sequel to The Wizard and the Princess: Harlin uses the sands of time to undo his demise by the brave wanderer, and the player has to defeat him once again.


Hi-Res Adventure #2: The Wizard and the Princess Atari 8-bit Title screen 2
Hi-Res Adventure #2: The Wizard and the Princess Atari 8-bit There is quite a bit of desert to get lost in
Hi-Res Adventure #2: The Wizard and the Princess Apple II Beware of the giant...
Hi-Res Adventure #2: The Wizard and the Princess Atari 8-bit Watch out for this lion!

Alternate Titles

  • "The Wizard and the Princess" -- 8-bit Title
  • "Hi-Res Adventure #2: Wizard and the Princess" -- Apple II/Atari 8-bit title
  • "Adventure in Serenia" -- PC Title

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User Reviews

A wonderful piece of artwork, especially on the Apple II Apple II *Katakis* (37493)

The Press Says

Techtite Apple II 2000 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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This is the same game as Sierra's "Wizard and the Princess", just a different title. Adventure in Serenia was actually written in 1980 but was not published by IBM until 1982. (There are two copyright dates on the disk label.) It is generally regarded as the first commercial interactive fiction game to incorporate color graphics.

The game also exists for IBM under the "Wizard and the Princess" title, published by Sierra (who were known as On-Line Systems at the time).

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