Adventure Game Update – XP help
I’m told that several of the games I’ve reviewed are not playable on Windows XP. I know, I know. Of the “Out of the Box” games I mentioned in an earlier post, only Syberia I & II are XP compatible. The Myst series was re-issued for XP, but I’ve read mixed reviews about how well they work. The 95/98 emulator/compatability thingy in XP doesn’t do diddly for these games. I’ve been nursing my 9-year-old laptop along, since it still runs Windows 98, and therefore all my classic game favorites, but now it needs a new battery…is it worth it?
Happily, I’ve discovered a site run by a person who’s also geekily nostalgic for the older graphic adventures. He’s got XP system tweaks for some of my favorites, and many others. I am far from being a programmer, but I am able to follow instructions, and if I do so for each game I’m interested in, it works on my desktop running XP! I don’t have VISTA yet, we’ll have to cross that bridge at some point.
So, here are XP bandaids for Zork Nemesis , and Beyond Time . There’s a nifty download that instantly makes Zork Grand Inquisitor playable on XP, too. (I didn’t review Inquisitor, but play it, play it, it’s really fun).
I send many thanks for his work on this to Inferno ! His site says compatibility for Amber: Journeys Beyond is still in progress.
Of course, to play any of these games, you have to have the original CD/DVDs. Since they’re older, your best bet is to shop around online, ebay, Amazon, etc. Good luck fellow adventure buffs!