|To Preserve Quandic|
|Publisher(s)||Prickly Pear Software|
|Platform(s)||TRS-80 Color Computer|
To Preserve Quandic is a graphical adventure game written by David Karam for the TRS-80 Color Computer and published by Prickly Pear Software in 1984. Taking two full disks, it was larger than both The Sands of Egypt and The Dallas Quest , which preceded it.[ citation needed ] The premise is to preserve the pacifistic Quandic race, who had advanced technology like time machines.
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