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

aka: Adventure in Serenia, Hi-Res Adventure #2: Wizard and the Princess, 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.

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The infamous sierra name of "Avis Durgan" appears in the code for this game as well. See King's Quest trivia for more information.


It is generally regarded as the first commercial interactive fiction game to incorporate color graphics.

References to the game

In the game King's Questions (a trivia game played in the world of Daventry, from King's Quest), one of the questions asked is about The Wizard and the Princess:

"The Wizard and the Princess" was made for the Apple computer. What was it called when released for the IBM PC?

a. Hello, Daventry!

b. Adventure in Serenia

c. Hi-Res Adventure #2

d. The Princess and the Wizard


The game sold over 60,000 copies.


  • A lot of adventure game lists incorrectly identify this as Adventures in Serenia (plural). Adventure, singular, is the correct title.
  • The game's title in the box is just "Wizard and the Princess". But in the instruction manual and the disk itself one can read the title as "The Wizard and the Princess".

Information also contributed by Nélio and Ye Olde Infocomme Shoppe

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  • MobyGames ID: 1761


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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by jeff leyda.

Commodore 64, Apple II added by POMAH. PC-98, FM-7, PC-88 added by Terok Nor. Atari 8-bit added by Servo.

Additional contributors: Trixter, POMAH, Nélio, formercontrib, Patrick Bregger.

Last modified February 22nd, 2023.