I still like the originals and in a lot of cases prefer the originals to the remakes. I still like the graphics and the gameplay. These game are timeless to me. Anyways, I checked out the site and I didn't hear any audio. Is that not implemented? If they can get the Apple IIgs sounds implemented, then it will be worth using.
Speaking of which, you can play all of those games on virtualapple.org. It has the Apple IIgs versions (which are the best versions of the old Sierra AGI games because of superior sound and interface). Emulation isn't perfect, but it's decent and I think only people who played the games to death like me back in the day would notice the imperfections.
Incidentally, the PC jr. is what started these games, not the PC XT. King's Quest was written for it, because it had the graphics capability of finally displaying a pretty game. CGA offered 320 x 200 in four colors, or 640 x 200, on a discrete card, whereas the PC jr. actually was 320 x 200 in 16 colors, or 640 x 200 in four (which wasn't used for games). The negative is that the PC jr. used the main memory for this, which could take 32K.
The Tandy 1000 was later called a PC compatible, but it was actually developed to be compatible with the "Peanut" (as the PC jr. was called). Because of this, it had some incompatibilities, but it also had the sound and graphics capabilities of the PC jr., and strangely, the PC Jr. graphics became known as "TGA", or Tandy Graphics Adapter, because the line was so successful, and the PC Jr. was discontinued right before the Tandy 1000 was released, and was known as being a very unsuccessful machine.
So, for anyone wishing to play these games, I'd recommend a Tandy 1000 rather than a PC XT. You'll need EGA or higher on the XT, which is far from a given, and the sound will suck unless you get an Adlib card, or some other card they the games were compatible with. It's not easy to find. The Tandy has both taken care of, and they are cheap on eBay.
I would avoid the straight 1000 and 1000a, they are slow, an in my experience, unreliable. They also have more compatibility problems (again, they weren't made to be PC compatible, but PC Jr. compatible).
The 1000 SX is a nice machine, with five slots, more compatibility, and greater speed (7.16 MHz 8088). The 1000 SL and SL2 are updated versions, but using an 8086 at 8 MHz. The internal part of the OS also boots from ROM. The come with low density 5.25 floppy drives, but 3.5 inch drives were frequently added.
The 1000 TX/TL/TL2/TL3 are all 286 based machines and consequently much faster. The later three also can boot from ROM, and they have 3.5 inch drives.
The 1000 RL was a really small foot print version, also sporting a 8086, and having TGA graphics. The 1000 RLX uses a 286, and has VGA graphics. Both have only one slot.
I would recommend them for anyone wishing to play these games. They are easily bought, work with little or no effort on the games, and sold a lot. There is a lot of information on them. The PC/XT was not used primarily for games, and to get it to play them you might need some add-on cards that are very difficult to get. On top of that, the thing weighs a ton, and is generally quite expensive to buy. Tandy 1000s are relatively inexpensive on eBay.
I don't know about the other games, but Leisure Suit Larry doesn't work quite right. You still keep the items after you use them; so even after you drink the wine and it says the bottle is empty, the cab driver still takes wine from you and you crash and die. Plus you can do the same thing over and over and earn points every time.
Also, there is no restore option so you'd have to play the whole thing through.
Hero's Quest, later renamed to Quest for Glory. My favorite. I loved all these games. Even the more rare ones, Black Cauldron, Codename: Iceman, so many. This is great, and I hope they continue with it, but dosbox works GREAT for these classics. Heck I was just playing the original Master of Orion last night with dosbox. They really do not make games like they used to.
^^ Yeah, I think if you're really interested in these games you need to check out DosBox and find a place to download the games! I think this site is doing a great thing, I just don't think they're quite there yet.
Every few years I have to bust out the Quest for Glory collection and go through it again. At this point I can get through all of them in only a couple of days, but I love those games. I've been thinking about Conquest of the Longbow recently as well.
If only the developer would step back and start making game that were that good again. Now days if a game is more that a couple of generations old as far as graphics are concerned it's not worth playing any more. All of the old Sierra games maxed out at 320x240 256 colors, most with midi sound, but some how they are still more FUN.
Here is the funny thing, I just sold all of my early 8088 Classic PC Games on E-Bay and some sold for more than I payed in 1986-87!! Several of them were Sierra Online Games including SQI, KQII & III, as well as Black Cauldron. Had the original 5 1/4" Floppies as well as the Boxes in mostly great shape. Ah great times.