The Golden Age Of Sierra On-Line’s ‘Big Box’ PC Games

Complete In Box is finally tackling a much-requested topic: The classic games of Sierra On-Line, one of the 80s’ and 90s’ most popular publishers of “big box” PC games. And to do it right, we teamed up with one of the best-known collectors of classic PC games, Metal Jesus.

Known as “Jason” to his friends, Metal Jesus runs a popular YouTube channel that’s home to lots of discussion about that wonderful era when PC games came in massive coffins of cardboard, the bigger the better. Jason even has some insider knowledge about this era, given that he worked for Sierra.

For our meet-up in Seattle’s famous Pink Gorilla retro games store, I knew I had to bring some games that would impress even the Metal Jesus himself. So I came prepared with my original editions of Sierra’s The Dark Crystal and King’s Quest.

Jason brought his beautiful copy of the classic Space Quest III and a game that means a lot to him personally, Betrayal at Krondor.

As we go through each game in chronological order, we find out what made Sierra so special.


  • Sierra did a Dark Crystal game?! How did I not know about it, unless it was C64/Amiga exclusive in which case that explains it all.

  • Such fond memories of Sierra’s boxes, maps and manuals. I can remember the smell of them too!
    There’s an awesome Sierra FB called Sierra Gaming World. It’s very active and always reminiscing about Sierra games.

  • I’ve still got most of my boxes from the last 30 years, compressed and in another box of course. And I probably still have most of the Space Quest boxes and disks in the collection as well.

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