Remarkable Auctions: The Dark Crystal (1983) for the Apple II

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Sierravision's The Dark Crystal (Hi-Res Adventure #6), just sold on eBay for the remarkable price of $158.63, plus shipping and handling. As you can tell, Roberta Williams' 1983 release, based on the cult classic Jim Henson movie, is among the most sought after of the original Sierra text and graphics adventures. The game received middling reviews when first released and the graphics are fairly average. The Atari 8-bit version looks almost exactly the same, just with different coloring; I am unfamiliar with the Japanese PC-xx versions. Other translations of the game were planned, but probably due to the lack of relative financial success for both the movie and game, those plans were canceled. However, Al Lowe's mostly forgotten Gelfling Adventure was released a year later in 1984 and is essentially the same game, just with a modified interface and child friendly difficulty level.

Here's some gameplay footage of the Apple II version from YouTube, via Yzzyxz:

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Rampant Coyote (not verified)
I remember the reviews / previews...

I remember in ... what was it, Compute! magazine?... reading about this upcoming game. I was really interested, but never picked it up. Since I have precious little of my original games from back then (most of it disappeared when I went off to college), it's probably just as well.

clok1966
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I recently watched that movie

I recently watched that movie (and lybrinith too) its almost amzing what was pushed as kid friendly back then.. Dark Crystal almost give me nightmares now.. those Skeksis, and In lybrinth... David Bowies Package!!!!! Scarry stuff... not kid friendly...

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clok1966 wrote:

I recently watched that movie (and lybrinith too) its almost amzing what was pushed as kid friendly back then.. Dark Crystal almost give me nightmares now.. those Skeksis, and In lybrinth... David Bowies Package!!!!! Scarry stuff... not kid friendly...

Both got made into games, though!

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Mark Vergeer
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amazing price

Amazing that the price of such a game can get soo high. It's like they were selling a copy of Radiant Silvergun (Saturn) LOL. Still Labyrinth was a cool movie albeit with a lot of dark themes but so did a lot of older fairy tales from yesteryear. The Dark Crystal was actually my little sister's favorite flick back in the day and at 6 she already had watched it a kazillion times. No nightmares whatsoever although she was quite scared of shark at an early age - yet they have no part in the movie. :P

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Matt Barton
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My wife said the same thing

My wife said the same thing about Labyrinth, but back then I thought David Bowie was amazing (I still do, actually). I guess as a kid you're not concerned with a "package," that's just something we'd notice today. :)

Besides, every male ballet dancer wears something like that.

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clok1966
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its a SOCK its gotta be a

its a SOCK its gotta be a sock! heheh yes I never noticed it back then... I was a big fan of the movie. And Bowie has made some amazing music.. And was and awsome actor as the "shark" In Yellowbeard (heheheh that one is obsucre).

its wierd how we view things as adults.. Im a old headbanger and nowdasy when I watch the music vids.. its not the hair, not the leather, its the pants.. WOW is all i gotta say... now i joked about bowie and the sock.. but those guys where sporting a whole bag of gym cloths... not just a sock... and ya.. I sure shouldnt be looking at that.. but its like a person with a mole in the center of thier face.. you look and try not to stare, but you cant help it....

and sorry for taking this so way off topic.

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Nice

It is great to see old games from "the boxed days" still selling as collector's items. I don't know that anyone wants to see super high prices (and Dark Crystal went for cheap), but I like the fact that people are collecting hard copies of classic games.

Regardless of the ease of emulation, there is something to be said for simply owning (and sometimes even playing) an original copy.

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Chris Kennedy
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Selling games

It is also amazing to me how many bad games sell for so much simply because of how rare they are.

In an unrelated-note, Radiant Silvergun is not that great. I think Soukyugurentai is better, but I haven't played much of either. I like the Aleste series, myself. Compile rules the world.

BRING IT, MARK! lol

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Bill Loguidice
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Chris Kennedy wrote:

It is also amazing to me how many bad games sell for so much simply because of how rare they are.

This is true. I have lot of crap in zip-loc bags that's worth a comparative fortune to games that are far, far superior. It's all in the timing. Certainly game type helps too. If you're an early RPG with some feelies, you'll be worth a hell of a lot more than a shoot 'em up, racer, or platformer. Of course, there are exceptions. In any case, it's a fairly sophisticated buying public out there and it's very hard to get really remarkable deals these days. If you're not willing to pay market value for something, most likely you just have to do without.

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