If there is one thing Gnome's Lair can't resist, that is most definitely books on adventure games. Well, that and roasted lamb apparently, but I thought I'd stick with the books really. Seems to be the more appropriate course of action for a gaming blog they tell me.
So, The Guide to Classic Graphic Adventures it is then, and as you should have already guessed this is a book that focuses on some of the best offerings the genre has so far come up with. More than 300 games are covered in its 760 black & white pages, including every game Lucasarts / Lucasfilm, Sierra, ICOM and Legend ever produced, as well as a rich selection covering such gems as Ben There, Dan That, Beneath a Steel Sky, Sanitarium, Discworld, Neverhood, Cruise for a Corpse and Simon the Sorcerer. Exclusive interviews with Al Lowe, Corey Cole, Bob Bates and Josh Mandel have also been included, in what can only be described as a truly exhaustive offering, that sports a rather lovely cover.
The book will soon be available on Amazon.com and for the Kindle, and you can find out more about it over at Hardcore Gaming 101, where a pretty fantastic sample PDF can also be downloaded. Oh, and I did find out about it with the help of dear Sascha, who was kind enough to share the news over at the Lair's facebook page.
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