Quest is a laserdisc game created by RDI Video Systems. It was released in
1984 as a conversion kit for Dragon's Lair. The founder of RDI, Rick Dyer,
was the man directly responsible for Dragon's Lair and Space Ace. Thayer's
Quest is unlike any other arcade game of the time. For the controls, it
uses a membrane keypad rather than a joystick and buttons. Survival
and success depend more on the decisions that you make rather than your
reflexes. For this reason, in the arcades, an instruction leaflet
was distributed to players or posted, to help them undertand this "new"
role-playing game concept. You can see it
Story - One thousand years ago, the Five Kingdoms (Weigard, Illes, Iscar,
the Far Reaches, and Shadoan) were united under the benevolent rule of the Elder
Kings. But the evil wizard Sorsabal allied himself with dark forces from
the land of Shadoan and with their dread power, destroyed the Elder Kings and
claimed Shadoan as his own domain. The
Elder Kings preserved their power by parting the Hand of Quoid (the great Amulet
that was the source and focus of all true magic) and creating the Five Relics.
They concealed one Relic in each of the Five Kingdoms, knowing that if Sorsabal
possessed the Hand, he would wield absolute control over the land. Sorsabal
and his dark minions are searching for the Relics. As Thayer Alconred,
last of the bloodline of the Elder Kings, you must find the Relics and restore
the Amulet of Power before it is too late.