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Roberta Williams

Legal NameRoberta Williams
BornFebruary 16, 1953
United States
OccupationCo-founder
Designer
Writer
Known ForCo-founder of Sierra On-Line
King’s Quest Series
Phantasmagoria
Years active1979-1998

Roberta Williams - Gameography

Roberta Williams is an American video game designer, writer and co-founder of Sierra On-Line. Williams is best known as the co-founder of Sierra On-Line and the creator of the King’s Quest series that was extremely popular in the mid 1980s and early 1990s.

Williams’ first venture into video games began in 1979 with the creation of the first adventure game to incorporate graphics, Mystery House. Prior to Mystery House all previous adventure-based games were text only. Williams’ follow up game Wizard and the Princess added color graphics, another first for the industry. The success of Williams’ games helped establish On-Line Systems, a company she co-founded with her husband Ken Williams.

Over the course of the next couple of years Roberta continued to write and design games while establishing a very successful development and publishing company. From 1980 to 1983 On-Line Systems grew from having one employee, Ken’s brother John to over 130 employees. In 1982 the company was renamed to Sierra On-Line and the company moved to Oakhurst, California.

IBM approached Sierra to create a game to showcase their new computer the PCjr. Accepting IBM’s offer, Roberta Williams created a story featuring classic fairy-tale elements. Her game concept includes animated color graphics, a pseudo 3D-perspective where the main character is visible on the screen, a more competent text parser that understands advanced commands from the player, and music playing in the background through the PCjr sound hardware.

In mid-1984, King’s Quest: Quest for the Crown was released to much acclaim, beginning the King’s Quest series. It was the first animated 2.5D adventure game and spawned a multitude of sequels. The King’s Quest series, a saga about the adventures of the royal family of Daventry, would comprise eight adventure games before Roberta’s retirement in 1999.

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Interviews with Roberta Williams

Roberta Williams Interview
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DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherGenreRole
1980Mystery House BoxMystery HouseApple IIOn-Line SystemsOn-Line SystemsAdventureWriter
1980Wizard and the Princess BoxWizard and the PrincessApple II
Atari 8-bit
Commodore 64
FM-7
PC-88
PC-98
On-Line SystemsOn-Line SystemsAdventureDesigner
Programmer
1980Mission Asteroid BoxMission AsteroidApple II
Atari 8-bit
Commodore 64
FM-7
PC-88
PC-98
On-Line SystemsOn-Line SystemsAdventureDesigner
1981Softporn Adventure BoxSoftporn AdventureApple II
Atari 8-bit
On-Line SystemsOn-Line SystemsAdventureModel (Cover Art)
1982Time Zone BoxTime ZoneApple II
Apple II
FM-7
PC-88
PC-98
On-Line SystemsOn-Line SystemsAdventureWriter
1983The Dark Crystal BoxThe Dark CrystalApple II
Atari 8-bit
FM-7
PC-88
PC-98
Sierra On-LineSierra On-LineAdventureDesigner
Project Manager
1984King's Quest BoxKing's Quest: Quest for the CrownAmiga
Apple II
Atari ST
DOS
Macintosh
Sega Master System
Sierra On-LineSierra On-LineAdventureDesigner
Writer
1984Mickey's Space Adventure BoxMickey's Space AdventureApple II
Commodore 64
DOS
TRS-80 CoCo
Sierra On-LineSierra On-LineAdventure
Educational
Designer
1985King's Quest II - Romancing the Throne BoxKing's Quest II: Romancing the ThroneApple II
Amiga
Atari ST
DOS
Macintosh
Sierra On-LineSierra On-LineAdventureDesigner
Writer
1986The Black CauldronAmiga
Apple II
Atari ST
DOS
Sierra On-LineSierra On-LineAdventureDesigner
1986King's Quest III - To Heir Is Human BoxKing's Quest III: To Heir Is HumanApple II
Amiga
Atari ST
DOS
Macintosh
TRS-80 CoCo
Sierra On-LineSierra On-LineAdventureDesigner
Writer
1987Mixed-Up Mother Goose BoxMixed-Up Mother GooseAmiga
Apple II
Atari ST
MS-DOS
Sierra On-LineSierra On-LineAdventureDesigner
1988King's Quest IV - The Perils of Rosella BoxKing's Quest IV: The Perils of RosellaAmiga
Apple II
Atari ST
DOS
Sierra On-LineSierra On-LineAdventureDirector
Designer
Writer
1989The Colonel's Bequest BoxThe Colonel's BequestAmiga
Atari ST
DOS
Sierra On-LineSierra On-LineAdventureDirector
Writer
1990King's Quest - Quest for the Crown (SCI remake) BoxKing's Quest I: Quest for the Crown (SCI remake)Amiga
DOS
Sierra On-LineSierra On-LineAdventureDesigner
1990King's Quest V BoxKing's Quest V: Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder!Amiga
DOS
FM Towns
Macintosh
PC-98
Windows 3.x
Sierra On-LineSierra On-LineAdventureProducer
Designer
Voice Actor (The Rat, Amanda, Woman in Town, Harpy)
1991Mixed-Up Mother Goose (SCI remake) BoxMixed-Up Mother Goose (SCI remake)Amiga
DOS
Sierra On-LineSierra On-LineAdventure
Educational
Designer
Character Voices
1992The Dagger of Amon Ra BoxThe Dagger of Amon RaDOS
Windows 3.x
Sierra On-LineSierra On-LineAdventureCreative Consultant
1992King's Quest VI - Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow BoxKing's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone TomorrowAmiga
DOS
Macintosh
Windows 3.x
Sierra On-LineSierra On-LineAdventureDirector
Designer
Writer
1994King's Quest VII - The Princeless Bride BoxKing's Quest VII: The Princeless BrideDOS
Macintosh
Windows 3.x
Sierra On-LineSierra On-LineAdventureDesigner
1994Space Quest (Collector's Edition) BoxSpace Quest (Collector's Edition)DOS
Windows 3.x
Sierra On-LineSierra On-LineCompilationVideo / Cinematics
1995Mixed-Up Mother Goose (SCI remake) BoxMixed-Up Mother Goose DeluxeMacintosh
Windows 3.x
Windows
Sierra On-LineSierra On-LineAdventure
Educational
Designer
1995Phantasmagoria BoxPhantasmagoriaDOS
Macintosh
Windows 3.x
Windows
Sega Saturn
Sierra On-LineSierra On-LineAdventureProducer
Lead Designer
Writer
Creative Service (Costuming)
1995Shivers BoxShiversMacintosh
Windows 3.x
Windows
Sierra On-lineSierra On-lineAdventureScript Writer
Creative Consultant
1996Leisure Suit Larry - Love for Sail! BoxLeisure Suit Larry: Love for Sail!DOS
Linux
Macintosh
Windows 3.x
Windows
Sierra On-LineSierra On-LineAdventureSpecial Thanks
1998King's Quest - Mask of Eternity BoxKing's Quest: Mask of EternityWindowsSierra StudiosSierra StudiosAdventure
RPG
Designer
Writer
Creative Services
2001King's Quest - Quest for the Crown (1991 Tierra) BoxKing's Quest: Quest for the CrownDOS
Linux
Macintosh
Windows
Tierra EntertainmentTierra EntertainmentAdventureDesigner
2010The Silver Lining Episode 1 BoxThe Silver Lining: Episode One - What is Decreed Must BeWindowsPhoenix Online StudiosPhoenix Online StudiosAdventureSpecial Thanks
2010The Silver Lining Episode 2 BoxThe Silver Lining: Episode Two - Two HouseholdsWindowsPhoenix Online StudiosPhoenix Online StudiosAdventureBased on the King's Quest series by
Special Thanks
2011vThe Silver Lining Episode 3 BoxThe Silver Lining: Episode Three - My Only Love Sprung from My Only HateWindowsPhoenix Online StudiosPhoenix Online StudiosAdventureBased on the King's Quest series by
Special Thanks
2011King's Quest III Redux - To Heir is Human BoxKing's Quest III Redux: To Heir is HumanMacintosh
Windows
AGD InteractiveAGD InteractiveAdventureBased upon the original game by
2015King's Quest - Chpter I - A Knight to RememberKing's Quest: Chpter I - A Knight to RememberPlayStation 3
PlayStation 4
Windows
Xbox 360
Xbox One
Odd GentlemenSierraAction
Adventure
Special Thanks
2016King's Quest - Epilogue BoxKing's Quest: EpiloguePlayStation 4Odd GentlemenSierraAdventureSpecial Thanks
2016King's Quest - Chapter V - The Good KnightKing's Quest: Chapter V - The Good KnightPlayStation 4Odd GentlemenSierraAdventureSpecial Thanks

DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherGenreRole
1980Wizard and the Princess BoxWizard and the PrincessApple II
Atari 8-bit
Commodore 64
FM-7
PC-88
PC-98
On-Line SystemsOn-Line SystemsAdventureDesigner
Programmer
1980Mission Asteroid BoxMission AsteroidApple II
Atari 8-bit
Commodore 64
FM-7
PC-88
PC-98
On-Line SystemsOn-Line SystemsAdventureDesigner
1983The Dark Crystal BoxThe Dark CrystalApple II
Atari 8-bit
FM-7
PC-88
PC-98
Sierra On-LineSierra On-LineAdventureDesigner
Project Manager
1984King's Quest BoxKing's Quest: Quest for the CrownAmiga
Apple II
Atari ST
DOS
Macintosh
Sega Master System
Sierra On-LineSierra On-LineAdventureDesigner
Writer
1984Mickey's Space Adventure BoxMickey's Space AdventureApple II
Commodore 64
DOS
TRS-80 CoCo
Sierra On-LineSierra On-LineAdventure
Educational
Designer
1985King's Quest II - Romancing the Throne BoxKing's Quest II: Romancing the ThroneApple II
Amiga
Atari ST
DOS
Macintosh
Sierra On-LineSierra On-LineAdventureDesigner
Writer
1986The Black CauldronAmiga
Apple II
Atari ST
DOS
Sierra On-LineSierra On-LineAdventureDesigner
1986King's Quest III - To Heir Is Human BoxKing's Quest III: To Heir Is HumanApple II
Amiga
Atari ST
DOS
Macintosh
TRS-80 CoCo
Sierra On-LineSierra On-LineAdventureDesigner
Writer
1987Mixed-Up Mother Goose BoxMixed-Up Mother GooseAmiga
Apple II
Atari ST
MS-DOS
Sierra On-LineSierra On-LineAdventureDesigner
1988King's Quest IV - The Perils of Rosella BoxKing's Quest IV: The Perils of RosellaAmiga
Apple II
Atari ST
DOS
Sierra On-LineSierra On-LineAdventureDirector
Designer
Writer
1990King's Quest - Quest for the Crown (SCI remake) BoxKing's Quest I: Quest for the Crown (SCI remake)Amiga
DOS
Sierra On-LineSierra On-LineAdventureDesigner
1990King's Quest V BoxKing's Quest V: Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder!Amiga
DOS
FM Towns
Macintosh
PC-98
Windows 3.x
Sierra On-LineSierra On-LineAdventureProducer
Designer
Voice Actor (The Rat, Amanda, Woman in Town, Harpy)
1991Mixed-Up Mother Goose (SCI remake) BoxMixed-Up Mother Goose (SCI remake)Amiga
DOS
Sierra On-LineSierra On-LineAdventure
Educational
Designer
Character Voices
1992King's Quest VI - Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow BoxKing's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone TomorrowAmiga
DOS
Macintosh
Windows 3.x
Sierra On-LineSierra On-LineAdventureDirector
Designer
Writer
1994King's Quest VII - The Princeless Bride BoxKing's Quest VII: The Princeless BrideDOS
Macintosh
Windows 3.x
Sierra On-LineSierra On-LineAdventureDesigner
1995Mixed-Up Mother Goose (SCI remake) BoxMixed-Up Mother Goose DeluxeMacintosh
Windows 3.x
Windows
Sierra On-LineSierra On-LineAdventure
Educational
Designer
1995Phantasmagoria BoxPhantasmagoriaDOS
Macintosh
Windows 3.x
Windows
Sega Saturn
Sierra On-LineSierra On-LineAdventureProducer
Lead Designer
Writer
Creative Service (Costuming)
1998King's Quest - Mask of Eternity BoxKing's Quest: Mask of EternityWindowsSierra StudiosSierra StudiosAdventure
RPG
Designer
Writer
Creative Services
2001King's Quest - Quest for the Crown (1991 Tierra) BoxKing's Quest: Quest for the CrownDOS
Linux
Macintosh
Windows
Tierra EntertainmentTierra EntertainmentAdventureDesigner

DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherGenreRole
1988King's Quest IV - The Perils of Rosella BoxKing's Quest IV: The Perils of RosellaAmiga
Apple II
Atari ST
DOS
Sierra On-LineSierra On-LineAdventureDirector
Designer
Writer
1989The Colonel's Bequest BoxThe Colonel's BequestAmiga
Atari ST
DOS
Sierra On-LineSierra On-LineAdventureDirector
Writer
1992King's Quest VI - Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow BoxKing's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone TomorrowAmiga
DOS
Macintosh
Windows 3.x
Sierra On-LineSierra On-LineAdventureDirector
Designer
Writer

DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherGenreRole
1990King's Quest V BoxKing's Quest V: Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder!Amiga
DOS
FM Towns
Macintosh
PC-98
Windows 3.x
Sierra On-LineSierra On-LineAdventureProducer
Designer
Voice Actor (The Rat, Amanda, Woman in Town, Harpy)
1995Phantasmagoria BoxPhantasmagoriaDOS
Macintosh
Windows 3.x
Windows
Sega Saturn
Sierra On-LineSierra On-LineAdventureProducer
Lead Designer
Writer
Creative Service (Costuming)

DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherGenreRole
1980Mystery House BoxMystery HouseApple IIOn-Line SystemsOn-Line SystemsAdventureWriter
1982Time Zone BoxTime ZoneApple II
Apple II
FM-7
PC-88
PC-98
On-Line SystemsOn-Line SystemsAdventureWriter
1984King's Quest BoxKing's Quest: Quest for the CrownAmiga
Apple II
Atari ST
DOS
Macintosh
Sega Master System
Sierra On-LineSierra On-LineAdventureDesigner
Writer
1985King's Quest II - Romancing the Throne BoxKing's Quest II: Romancing the ThroneApple II
Amiga
Atari ST
DOS
Macintosh
Sierra On-LineSierra On-LineAdventureDesigner
Writer
1986King's Quest III - To Heir Is Human BoxKing's Quest III: To Heir Is HumanApple II
Amiga
Atari ST
DOS
Macintosh
TRS-80 CoCo
Sierra On-LineSierra On-LineAdventureDesigner
Writer
1988King's Quest IV - The Perils of Rosella BoxKing's Quest IV: The Perils of RosellaAmiga
Apple II
Atari ST
DOS
Sierra On-LineSierra On-LineAdventureDirector
Designer
Writer
1989The Colonel's Bequest BoxThe Colonel's BequestAmiga
Atari ST
DOS
Sierra On-LineSierra On-LineAdventureDirector
Writer
1992King's Quest VI - Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow BoxKing's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone TomorrowAmiga
DOS
Macintosh
Windows 3.x
Sierra On-LineSierra On-LineAdventureDirector
Designer
Writer
1995Phantasmagoria BoxPhantasmagoriaDOS
Macintosh
Windows 3.x
Windows
Sega Saturn
Sierra On-LineSierra On-LineAdventureProducer
Lead Designer
Writer
Creative Service (Costuming)
1995Shivers BoxShiversMacintosh
Windows 3.x
Windows
Sierra On-lineSierra On-lineAdventureScript Writer
Creative Consultant
1998King's Quest - Mask of Eternity BoxKing's Quest: Mask of EternityWindowsSierra StudiosSierra StudiosAdventure
RPG
Designer
Writer
Creative Services