Sunday, March 14, 2010

Swordquest: A True Adventure Game

Swordquest was one of the first adventure video games ever made. Swordquest was to be split into 4 games: Earthworld, Fireworld, Waterworld, and Airworld.

Earthworld Fireworld
Waterworld Airworld

But these games we more then just games. When you put these games into you Atari you had a chance to win up to $150,000 in prizes. Keep in mind this games came out in the early 1980s and that was a very big deal. The reason this was a big deal was that contests involving video games were very rare in the 1980s. Anyone who played this games had a change to win big prizes and they was huge. Each game would have a winner and they would each receive a prize valued at $25,000 each. Those 4 winners would each compete for a sword that was valued at $50,000 all together that was $150,000 in prizes. Unfortunately the video game crash of 1983 happened and the contest was never finish then Atari went bankrupt and had to sell the company so the contest for Waterworld never happened and they canceled Airworld. So they couldn't have a final round and they final remains prizes were never awarded. It's a shame that something so epic with video games couldn't be finished. I learn about this when I was watching the Anger Video Game Nerd's review of Swordquest. The video below is his review and he goes into more detail about the games and the contest. This video contains explicit content and language viewer discretion is advised.

The Swordquest needs to be completed.

To see more of the Anger Video Game Nerd's reviews click here.

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