Screenshots from Conquests of the Longbow, VGA/EGA comparison With the introduction of VGA into Sierra games in 1990, the company knew not all users would be able to make the leap immediately, owing to the need to buy new hardware.

So for early SCI1 releases, Sierra sold two separate packages: a 16-color (EGA) version and a 256-color (VGA) version. The EGA art was computer-drawn, but the VGA versions often used motion capture for animations, and scanned paintings for backgrounds.

Both releases were 320x200 res. Around 1992, when VGA became more commonplace, Sierra stopped making the effort of reproducing painted art in 16 colors. Instead, VGA versions of new games shipped with EGA drivers that rendered the 256-color art into a 640x400 16-color format.

The separate EGA releases of VGA games are rare in the US, and almost impossible to find anywhere else. To my knowledge, the games that had separate EGA and VGA packages were:

-King's Quest V
-Space Quest I remake
-Space Quest IV
-Police Quest III
-Leisure Suit Larry I remake
-Leisure Suit Larry V
-Heart of China
-Conquests of the Longbow
-Rise of the Dragon
-EcoQuest I
-Mixed-Up Fairy Tales
-and the non-adventures Castle of Dr. Brain, Jones in the Fast Lane, and Hoyle's Book of Games Vol. 3

Below are screenshots from Conquests of the Longbow in EGA and VGA.

Unlike earlier EGA releases of Sierra VGA games, Longbow used dithering in some of its backgrounds (especially cutscenes) to retain the realism of the VGA graphics.

Also, be sure to visit a similar page that I made for Sierra's King's Quest V, and one about the Space Quest I remake and SQ4.

If some of the pictures fail to load, as sometimes happens, just refresh the page once or twice and they should be fine.


EGA: the Sierra logo


VGA.


EGA: Robin Hood readies his bow


VGA.


EGA: title screen


VGA.


EGA: the opening menu


VGA.


EGA: opening credits


VGA.


EGA: the Troubadour tells the story of King Richard's capture


VGA.


EGA: King Richard is waylaid by the thugs of Duke Leopold of Austria


VGA.


EGA: Leopold's soldiers bind Richard


VGA.


EGA: Duke Leopold sets 100,000 marks as Richard's ransom


VGA.


EGA: the Troubadour introduces Robin Hood and his Merry Men


VGA.


EGA: Robin begins in his cave on Day 1


VGA.


EGA: the options menu


VGA.


EGA: breakfast in camp


VGA.


EGA: the outlaws' camp in Sherwood Forest


VGA.


EGA: Robin finds Will Scarlett and a lad named Simon at the shooting glade


VGA.


EGA: practicing archery. Notice that Robin's sleeve is miscolored; it should be green here and blue in the Golden Arrow tournament.


VGA.


EGA: a close-up of Robin's arrow in the target


VGA.


EGA: Robin watches up and down Watling Street for passersby


VGA.


EGA: a peasant woman is being abducted by a rapacious Nottingham soldier


VGA.


EGA: Robin shoots the soldier and saves the peasant


VGA.


EGA: the Widow's cottage, where she lives with her three sons, Hal, Hob, and Dicken


VGA.


EGA: Christy Marx likes Monty Python. A lot.


VGA.


EGA: Little John carries a drunken Robin to his bed in the cave


VGA.


EGA: Robin dreams of Maid Marian dancing in the willow grove


VGA.


EGA: the willows in Robin's dream whisper Marian's name to him


VGA.


EGA: On waking from his dream, Robin finds a sparkling emerald half-heart in his hand


VGA.


EGA: Robin reveals the emerald that came to him in a dream, but the Merry Men laugh it off


VGA.


EGA: Will Scarlett comes to Robin with news of Lobb's desire to meet him


VGA.


EGA: the grove of willow trees


VGA.


EGA: Robin happens upon a maiden being attacked by an evil monk


VGA.


EGA: Marian and Robin meet for the first time


VGA.


EGA: Marian leaves behind a slipper as a token to gain Lobb's trust


VGA.


EGA: Robin contemplates the mysterious Lady Marian


VGA.


EGA: Robin finds a poor beggar, whose clothes he can use, traveling along the highway

The EGA version has two noticeably different closeups for "happy" Robin and "normal" Robin (as opposed to "angry" Robin); you can see them above.


VGA.


EGA: Robin Hood's money pouch


VGA.


EGA: Robin takes the beggar's clothing and strikes out for Nottingham


VGA.


EGA: Nottinghamshire


VGA.


EGA: the map of Nottingham Town


VGA.


EGA: Lobb the Cobbler. Say that three times fast.


VGA.


EGA: Robin looks around Lobb's shop


VGA.


EGA: Robin and Lobb meet in the back of the shop to discuss important business


VGA.


EGA: the street where Lobb's shop is located


VGA.


EGA: Allan a Dale complains about the disgusting beggar's garb Robin has cast off


VGA.


EGA: Robin wakes up on Day 4


VGA.


EGA: Robin saves a poacher from execution by the Sheriff's men on Day 4


VGA.


EGA: meeting with Marian in the sacred willow grove


VGA.


EGA: Marian and Robin join their halves of the gemstone heart


VGA.


EGA: as usual, Will Scarlett and Allan a Dale argue


VGA.


EGA: Allan a Dale tells Robin where he can find Tuck on Day 5


VGA.


EGA: Tuck tells Robin that the Widow's sons have been taken prisoner and will soon be hanged


VGA.


EGA: Robin vows to rescue the three boys from the gallows

By the way, those two black streaks in Robin's hair are caused by an error in storing the close-up image: they're transparent when they should be colored white.


VGA.


EGA: Robin finds a monk from St. Mary's Abbey on Watling Street


VGA.


EGA: the Abbey Monk is made to chop wood and work off his belly by Friar Tuck


VGA.


EGA: the gates of Nottingham Castle


VGA.


EGA: the Sheriff's men let Robin in to shrive the prisoners


VGA.


EGA: Hal, Hob, and Dicken recognize Robin


VGA.


EGA: Robin is escorted out of the castle dungeon


VGA.


EGA: the exterior of the unfinished Abbey of St. Mary


VGA.


EGA: the Abbey's floor plan


VGA.


EGA: Robin finds three monk's robes in a laundry room... perfect for the Widow's sons.


VGA.


EGA: the Chapel of St. Mary's


VGA.


EGA: a traditional English hedge maze lies between the Abbey and the Witch's Court


VGA.


EGA: the Witch's Court isn't trying anyone, at least on Day 5


VGA.


EGA: the Abbot works on a puzzle box while sipping ale in the dining hall


VGA.


EGA: the Abbot commands Robin to get him more ale


VGA.


EGA: a view of the individual monks' cells of St. Mary's


VGA.


EGA: the Nottingham pub


VGA.


EGA: meeting the bartender


VGA.


EGA: the pub interior is full of the Sheriff's off-duty soldiers


VGA.


EGA: a Crusader veteran named Old Harry challenges Robin to a game of Nine Men's Morris


VGA.


EGA: Nine Men's Morris


VGA.


EGA: Old Harry gives Robin the amethyst as a prize for winning


VGA.


EGA: the back room of the pub


VGA.


EGA: one beer barrel contains a hidden tunnel


VGA.


EGA: the false ale keg leads to this cavernous passage


VGA.


EGA: more of the hidden tunnel to the Abbey


VGA.


EGA: a tapestry hides this entrance into the St. Mary's dining hall


VGA.


EGA: as Robin returns with ale, the Abbot wants to have a drinking contest


VGA.


EGA: repeated rounds of drinking ale finally take their toll on the Abbot


VGA.


EGA: the Abbot is passed out in a stupor from drinking so much ale


VGA.


EGA: inside the Abbot's luxurious bedroom


VGA.


EGA: Robin steals the puzzle box from the Abbot


VGA.


EGA: our hero's inventory. Just don't waste time trying to open the puzzle box!


VGA.


EGA: the bartender doesn't think much of the Abbey monks, save for Robin


VGA.


EGA: the other branch of the underground passage leads to Nottingham Castle's dungeon


VGA.


EGA: the two dungeon guards argue over money for buying ale


VGA.


EGA: leaving money on the table to distract the two guards


VGA.


EGA: the money left by Robin gets the guards out of the room to fetch an ale


VGA.


EGA: Robin returns to rescue the three boys


VGA.


EGA: Dicken doesn't want to climb the rope


VGA.


EGA: Robin gives the monk's robes to the trio to wear


VGA.


EGA: Hal, Hob, Dicken, and Robin head through the secret tunnel under Nottingham Castle


VGA.


EGA: Robin and the three boys spy the Sheriff's men in the tavern


VGA.


EGA: Robin tries to get through the pub without being noticed


VGA.


EGA: the drunken Sheriff receives a "blessing" from Robin Hood


VGA.


EGA: the Widow's sons relate their adventure to their mother


VGA.


EGA: Robin receives a golden net for his trouble


VGA.


EGA: the Merry Men celebrate the successful rescue of the Widow's sons


VGA.


EGA: waking up on Day 6


VGA.


EGA: Robin meets a monk from the Fens Monastery on Day 6


VGA.


EGA: the Monk challenges Robin to combat


VGA.


EGA: a quarterstaff duel


VGA.


EGA: Robin kills the monk with his quarterstaff


VGA.


EGA: Will Scarlett advises Robin to take Little John's staff, but Robin refuses


VGA.


EGA: examining the Monk's pouch of gemstones


VGA.


EGA: Robin looks down at the Monastery in the Fens


VGA.


EGA: the Monastery is isolated by marshy water


VGA.


EGA: Robin blows a whistle to summon a Monk with a boat


VGA.


EGA: a Monk rows Robin across the marsh to the Monastery


VGA.


EGA: the Monastery gate


VGA.


EGA: one of the many copy protection puzzles in the game.


VGA.


EGA: the layout of the Monastery


VGA.


EGA: meeting the Prior of the Fens Monks


VGA.


EGA: the Monastery refectory. That thar's a fancee word fer "eatin' place."


VGA.


EGA: the Prior orders Robin to torture an imprisoned dwarf


VGA.


EGA: Robin makes the acquaintance of Fulk, jester to King Richard


VGA.


EGA: Fulk won't leave until Robin finds a scroll that the Prior took from him


VGA.


EGA: the Scribes' Room


VGA.


EGA: Robin spills wine on the Prior to get him away from Fulk's scroll


VGA.


EGA: the Prior leaves, allowing Robin to take the scroll


VGA.


EGA: Robin finds Marian's Hand Scroll in the Scribes' Room


VGA.


EGA: a close-up of the monks' quarters in the Fens Monastery


VGA.


EGA: Robin returns Fulk's coded scroll


VGA.


EGA: Robin and Fulk commandeer a boat to escape the Monastery


VGA.


EGA: unlocking the secret gate out of the Monastery


VGA.


EGA: Robin and Fulk sail out of the Monastery safely to shore

VGA.


EGA: Fulk gifts Robin with the Ring that commands Water


VGA.


EGA: the outlaws listen to Robin's tale of his adventure at the Fens Monastery


VGA.


EGA: Robin and Marian meet again in the willow grove


VGA.


EGA: Marian teaches Robin the Hand Code with her magic scroll.


VGA.


EGA: More of Robin and Marian talking. His portrait changes back and forth during this scene.


VGA.


EGA: Robin and Marian come to know each other intimately in the grove


VGA.


EGA: the ancient oak tree at the heart of Sherwood Forest


VGA.


EGA: Robin captures a pixie with the Widow's golden net


VGA.


EGA: Robin meets the Green Man


VGA.


EGA: the Green Man turns Robin into a half-tree to answer his riddles


VGA.


EGA: answering the Green Man's riddles using the Hand Code


VGA.


EGA: the Green Man bestows his protection on Robin


VGA.


EGA: Robin tells of Marian's decision to come to his camp after the Fair


VGA.


EGA: the outlaws want to attend the fair in Nottingham


VGA.


EGA: a yeoman heading to Nottingham hopes to win the Golden Arrow


VGA.


EGA: stopping the yeoman on the road


VGA.


EGA: Friar Tuck balks at paying the yeoman 50 marks for a worn suit of clothing


VGA.


EGA: Robin bids the yeoman goodbye


VGA.


EGA: on Day 8, the map of Nottingham Town has the Fair on it


VGA.


EGA: the Saturday Fair. Look at all that dithering!


VGA. That's much better.


EGA: this "scholar" is really a spy, sent by Prince John to prevent the Queen's man from receiving the Hand Code


VGA.


EGA: the second Scholar isn't anyone's agent, just an absent-minded old man


VGA.


EGA: meeting the Queen's spy, disguised as a Scholar, at the fair


VGA.


EGA: Robin gives the Queen's spy the proof that he is Marian's agent, entrusted with the Hand Scroll


VGA.


EGA: the archery contest


VGA.


EGA: Robin practices his shooting before the contest begins in earnest. Again, his sleeve is the wrong color.


VGA.


EGA: "Puck of Barnesdale" wins the Golden Arrow, worth 10000 marks


VGA.


EGA: the Sheriff offers Robin a job and is turned down


VGA.


EGA: Robin takes home the Golden Arrow


VGA.


EGA: the Merry Men praise Robin Hood's victory at the tournament


VGA.


EGA: by Day 9, Robin has accumulated several disguises


VGA.


EGA: Will Scarlett warns of danger in Sherwood Forest


VGA.


EGA: hiding from the Sheriff's patrol of the forest in the form of a tree


VGA.


EGA: meeting the lapidary (the jeweler) on Watling Street


VGA.


EGA: the lapidary reveals that he actually deals in fake jewelry


VGA.


EGA: Robin changes clothes with the jeweler and gives him a purse of pennies in compensation


VGA.


EGA: Now Robin's ready to visit the sheriff... except, don't you think his beard stands out a bit?


VGA.


EGA: the jeweler's rouge and pouch of faux jewelry now grace Robin's pockets


VGA.


EGA: Robin comes to Nottingham Castle in the hope of swindling the Sheriff


VGA.


EGA: "Gucci of Beverly" (Hills) introduces himself


VGA.


EGA: Robin meets with the Sheriff of Nottingham and his wife


VGA.


EGA: Robin spins a tale of a dragon's hoard of jewels to the credulous Sheriff and his wife


VGA.


EGA: the Sheriff is fascinated by the sight of Robin's emerald half-heart


VGA.


EGA: the Sheriff foolishly agrees to go alone into Sherwood Forest


VGA.


EGA: Robin's Merry Men capture the Sheriff and take him to their camp


VGA.


EGA: the outlaws treat the Sheriff to an impromptu banquet on illegal venison


VGA.


EGA: Robin laughs at the Sheriff, whom he sends back to Nottingham, naked, tied backwards on his horse


VGA.


EGA: Marian visits the Merry Men's camp


VGA.


EGA: Fulk's scroll contains the key to one of King Richard's magic rings


VGA.


EGA: the puzzle box Robin stole from the Abbot


VGA.


EGA: Robin unlocks the box to find the Ring that commands Fire


VGA.


EGA: the Ring that commands Fire is now on Robin's hand


VGA.


EGA: Robin summons his men to plan how to rescue Marian


VGA.


EGA: Little John's plan is the wisest one for Robin to take


VGA. The order of the outlaws in the lineup is random.


EGA: Robin enters the pub, only to be stopped by the wary barkeep


VGA.


EGA: the mention of Marian's name convinces the barkeep, an ally of Richard, to let Robin pass


VGA.


EGA: Robin hurriedly travels through the tunnel under Nottingham to reach the Witch's Court


VGA.


EGA: as Robin rushes through the hedge maze, the Abbot lights the fire on Marian's stake


VGA.


EGA: Robin Hood rescues Marian from being burned as a witch


VGA.


EGA: Robin heals Marian by combining their pieces of the gemstone heart


VGA.


EGA: the outlaws discuss Marian's close brush with death


VGA.


EGA: Friar Tuck reports that Prince John's stolen 50,000 marks is being taken down Watling Street


VGA.


EGA: Robin summons his men to plan again


VGA.


EGA: Robin briefs his men and asks for counsel


VGA.


EGA: the battle of Watling Street


VGA.


EGA: the Merry Men toast their success at robbing the treasure train bound for Nottingham


VGA.


EGA: Little John tells Robin to beware the Sheriff's men again


VGA.


EGA: Robin's men delay a knight on horseback on Watling Street


VGA.


EGA: the Knight orders Robin to send away his men, but Little John suspects foul play


VGA.


EGA: the "Queen's Knight" reveals himself to be a fraud


VGA.


EGA: the false Knight lies dead, felled by Robin's arrow


VGA.


EGA: Robin finds a letter on the impostor Knight's body


VGA.


EGA: Little John returns at the blast of Robin's horn


VGA.


EGA: the Merry Men are angry that the Sheriff's goons keep patroling Sherwood Forest


VGA.


EGA: Robin makes idle chitchat on his way to rescue the Queen's Knight


VGA.


EGA: Robin looks out at the Fens Monastery from a high cliff


VGA.


EGA: the Will-o'-the-Wisps are called by the Ring that commands Water


VGA.


EGA: Robin follows the Will-o'-the-Wisps across the marsh to the Monastery


VGA.


EGA: in the inventory, the Ring that commands Water appears upon Robin's hand


VGA.


EGA: a close-up shot of the ivy growing on the Monastery walls


VGA.


EGA: using the Hand Code, Robin thickens the ivy enough to support his weight


VGA.


EGA: scaling the Monastery tower


VGA.


EGA: the Monks watching over the Monastery tower fail to detect Robin's stealthy approach


VGA.


EGA: the ivy leads right into the prison cell's window


VGA.


EGA: Robin finds the true Queen's Knight in the Monastery cell


VGA.


EGA: the Queen's Knight won't leave with Robin until the outlaw can prove his identity


VGA.


EGA: the Hand Code reveals that Robin is an ally to be trusted


VGA.


EGA: the Queen's Knight agrees to go with Robin


VGA.


EGA: the Monks detect the escaping prisoner and sound the alarm


VGA.


EGA: Robin makes it into the boat safely


VGA.


EGA: the Monks try in vain to catch the escaping duo


VGA.


EGA: the Queen's Knight sets out with the outlaws' ransom for King Richard's liberation


VGA.


EGA: the Troubadour returns


VGA.


EGA: Robin and Marian lie in bed together in his cave


VGA.


EGA: the outlaws are captured in the spring by the Sheriff's patrols


VGA.


EGA: the Sheriff tries to have Robin hanged upon the spot


VGA.


EGA: King Richard rides into Nottingham at the last minute


VGA.


EGA: the King delays Robin's execution until a trial can be held and judgment passed


VGA.


EGA: Robin asserts that his lawbreaking has been entirely for the greater good


VGA.


EGA: King Richard presides over Robin's trial


VGA.


EGA: Friar Tuck gives testimony, but is countered by the Abbot


VGA.


EGA: Lobb reminds Richard of Robin's role in raising ransom.


VGA.


EGA: Fulk denounces the Prior of the Fens Monastery


VGA.


EGA: the commoners speak up in Robin's defense


VGA.


EGA: Marian's testimony


VGA.


EGA: Richard ends the argument phase of the trial


VGA.


EGA: Robin stands before Richard, no longer bound


VGA.


EGA: Richard pardons Robin and his band of Merry Men


VGA.


EGA: Robin is made an Earl by the King


VGA.


EGA: King Richard metes out justice to the evildoers in Nottinghamshire


VGA.


EGA: Richard agrees to let Robin take Marian as his wife


VGA.


EGA: the wedding of Robin and Marian


VGA.


EGA: end credits


VGA.

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