Sierra made a life-sim, and it wasn’t exactly Stardew Valley

From 2010 to 2014 Richard Cobbett wrote Crapshoot, a column about rolling the dice to bring random obscure games back into the light. This week, it’s the game of life. Not the Game of Life, that’s something else. Or the game of Life, which is more a sciencey thing. Just a game. Of life.

Sierra Online is mostly remembered for its graphic adventure games, many of them with the word ‘Quest’ on the end. It did plenty of other things though, some successfully, some… not. Firmly in the ‘not’ camp was Jones in the Fast Lane, and if you’re wondering why, just look at its clumsy title. What does it mean? Originally, this game was called Keeping Up With Jones, as a riff on the slightly less catchy name “Keeping Up With The Joneses”. During development, that changed to this, which only makes sense if you know the story, but is at least better than when Bully became “Canis Canem Edit”.

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