|Telarium #51 |
Games developed: 11
Games published: 9
Period: 1984 - 1988
Telarium (a.k.a. Trillium, later known as Windham Classics) produced many quality text-parser-with-graphics adventure games in the 80s. Although their parser is not as sophisticated as Infocom's, all of their games feature excellent plots (almost all of which are based on bestselling novels), good writing, and a variety of "specialized verbs" that are game-specific (Perry Mason is the best example of this). I also daresay that Telarium also pioneered the current norm of mixing arcade sequences in adventure games (of which Dragonworld and Amazon come to mind) that blend well within the game's mythos without detracting from the fun.
The company is now defunct. The Scoop was the last computer game they developed, published by Spinnaker.
- For interested collectors: the original packages ("folders") of these games come with little "goodies" -- e.g. maps, newspapers, blueprints. They are often up for auction at EBAY-- just search for "Commodore 64" or "Telarium"
- Unarguably the best versions of these games are the Commodore 64 versions (EGA as opposed to 4-color CGA in the PC version). They are available at the Electric Mayhem and Commodore Zone, where you can also download popular Commodore 64 emulators for the PC.
Related companies: Spinnaker, Windham ClassicsRelated companies: Spinnaker Windham Classics