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The Crimson Crown

Released October 1985 · consists of 12 releases.

Sequel to Transylvania, a graphical text adventure

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The Crimson Crown

First release date October 1985
Platform Amiga , Apple II , Atari ST , Commodore 64 , Mac , PC , NEC PC-8801 , NEC PC-9801 , FM-7
Developer Polarware / Penguin Software, Inc. , Dynamix, Inc. , Star Craft, Inc.
Publisher Polarware / Penguin Software, Inc. , Star Craft, Inc. , ISD , Main Street Publishing
Genre Adventure
Theme Horror
Franchises Transylvania
Aliases Transylvania II Transylvania 2 Transylvania II: The Crimson Crown

Overview

The Crimson Crown is the sequel to Transylvania, a graphical text adventure for various home computers. This sequel uses the same text parser, but is unique among graphical text adventures of the era, in that companions interact with, and accompany the player.

Gameplay

As in Transylvania, the player interacts with the world through a text interface, using verb-object commands (e.g. "open door") and directional commands (e.g. "North" or simply "N"). Unlike the previous game, The Crimson Crown was written using Polarware's new 'Comprehend' parsing engine --- a new Infocom-style full sentence parser. This allows more complex phrasing, and a more immersive experience.

Unlike the more common text adventures of the era, the current area is rendered, giving the player a sense of presence.

The Crimson Crown begins shortly after the events in Transylvania. After rescuing princess Sabrina, the King is found dead, his crown stolen by the Vampire Drakul (a nod to 'Dracula'). The player embarks with Princess Sabrina and Crown Prince Erik to retake the crown, and destroy Drakul. The player must overcome puzzles, a witch, and trolls, and seek help from a Gryphon along the way. Certain locations from the first game are re-used.

Legacy

Although less popular than Transylvania, the series would go on to a third and final chapter five years later.

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Specific release details

The Crimson Crown
The Crimson Crown
Platform PC
Region United States
Developer Dynamix, Inc. , Polarware / Penguin Software, Inc.
Publisher Polarware / Penguin Software, Inc.
Release date N/A
Product code None
Company code None
Rating
Minimum Players 1
Maximum Players 1
Resolutions PC CGA 320x200
Sound Systems N/A
Single player Features N/A
Multi player Features N/A
Widescreen Support No
Notes (5.25" disk release)

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