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Review of Blackwell Unbound

Rating by emric posted on May 27, 2012

more blackwell goodness

This sequel is almost as great as the first game in the Blackwell series. The ability to switch between characters at will is a good improvement. Again, it has fantastic writing, tone, voice acting and soundtrack. Puzzle complexity this time around occasionally caused a break in the flow of the story.... for me, anyway. Time Played: 5-10 hours

Review of The Blackwell Legacy

Rating by emric posted on May 27, 2012

strong, engaging story in this neo-classic adventure gaming gem

i thought this game achieved a tone similar to the first Gabriel Knight game—which is a huge compliment. inide developer, Wadjet Eye Games, uses 20-year-old technology and graphic style and proves that you can still use it to deliver an immensely engaging experience. the writing is amoungst the best i've come across and the voice-acting and soundtrack are superb. my only regret is that the game is so short, otherwise it's right up there with the best I've played. Time Played: 2-5 hours

Review of Runaway: A Road Adventure

Rating by Lucien21 posted on May 26, 2012

Men are Crazy

A Spanish adventure game that once and for all proves when it comes to pretty ladies with short skirts and large *Cough* Assets *Cough* all men are idiots. After running down Gina with his car on a New York street, your character Brian finds himself on the run from the Mafia. With his life in danger at every turn Brian goes from New York to Chicago and a couple of desert locations in the hope of solving the riddle of the indian crucifix and get the mafia off Gina’s back once and for all. It’s just as well she is pretty as Gina spends most of the game missing in action for one reason or another (Coma, Captured, Dead, and injured) as the lust struck Brian invokes the help of a variety of quirky character from a trio of transvestites, to a rastafarian and a cute computer hacker. What some people will do for a bit of slap and tickle is hilarious. Graphically the game still looks great with all the various locations and characters looking fantastic for most of the game. The cut scenes are starting to look dated but don’t detract from the fun. It’s a colourful and exciting world. The audio work is varied with some of the character voices being a bit bland and the musical score can be at odds with the tone of the game at times. However the main characters are distinct and add a certain flavour to the game. The most frustrating thing about this game though is the puzzles and the item mechanics. While most of the puzzles are logical and a lot of fun there are some of them that are just plain bonkers. The peanut butter puzzle for example is a bit WTF. This isn’t helped by the occassional item being too small and hard to locate making you treat most locations as a pixel hunt to ensure you didn’t miss that small nail or hand vacumn cleaner. It also doesn’t help that some items are only available after you trigger their need or by searching locations more than once. There was a couple of times I was stuck because I never thought to look somewhere that previous told me was useless junk. Overall the plot is crazy and the characters quirky and I had a lot of fun with it. The occasional niggles with the puzzles were annoying and dragged the game down a bit in my opinion. However the worst part for me was that I didn’t get any chemistry at all between the main characters. Gina is hardly in the game and I felt Brian had more attraction with the Sushi character towards the end that I think he chose wrong in the end. Time Played: 5-10 hours

Review of Jack Keane

Rating by Raz Mataz posted on May 25, 2012

Completed the game. Except a few awkward graphics, i think the game-play is quite enjoyable...Thinking about having a go at the sequel when it comes out. Time Played: Over 20 hours

Review of Space Quest: Incinerations

Rating by Ravicai posted on May 22, 2012

The best Space Quest fan game ever

I grew up playing the Space Quest games and I've played all of the fan games, so I consider myself a pretty avid fan. I can tell you the quality of this particular game is so good that you'll quickly forget it's a fan game and wish you had a nice shiny retail box to go with it. The story is excellent, full of twists, with heaps of comedy to keep you entertained at every turn. The sound track is epic. The cut scenes (all 45 mins + worth) are top notch and retain the look and feel of a true late 90's SQ successor, which as a retro gamer I appreciate. What's the worse thing about this game? A complete lack of marketing (think System Shock). I never even heard of this game until one of the other fan sites referenced it. I was very skeptical to try it. Thank goodness I did. Give it a shot! This should have been SQ7. Time Played: Over 20 hours

Review of Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars

Rating by Intense Degree posted on May 22, 2012

Professional, Memorable, Exceptional.

Sometimes, not often, but sometimes everything just seems to come together perfectly. This game and in particular the introduction sequence are an example of everything working perfectly together. The soundtrack is beautiful, the graphics are great, the voice acting is superb, the writing is good and the atmosphere created is exceptional. And that is just the opening sequence! There is really very little to criticise about this game, the story is a good one, the puzzles fit well and are not too easy and not too hard. The main characters are all brilliantly written and acted and the soundtrack is achingly beautiful in parts. Stylistically, the game is serious and involved but with a good injection of humour at the right times and places that adds much to the personality of the characters, particularly George, and keeps the game moving along nicely. The feel is therefore light and heavy in all the right places, never getting too serious or too silly, yielding a very pleasing result. Although some people get upset about “that goat puzzle” there is really nothing of substance that takes away from this game at all. Brilliant and recommended to all. Time Played: Over 20 hours

Review of Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned

Rating by Intense Degree posted on May 22, 2012

Truly great game despite some problems

This game has come under some criticism due to the “interesting” 3D graphics and one infamous puzzle amongst other things. Also the control mechanism is not to everybody’s taste. It was brave to try something new here but it was quite hard to get used to and I don’t think I was really comfortable with it by the end. Personally it was great to see the “real” Gabe and Moseley back and whilst Tim Curry has come under fire for his performance here I thought it was fine, or at the least I was so pleased to see him back I didn’t care! The other big change in this game is the feeling of space and time. It is set in a sleepy French village and the pace of the game really reflects that with time seeming to stand still throughout most of the game. However, this is not a bad thing. The story, and at least one of the puzzles, are probably the most complicated in any game, there is a lot to get your head round and the relaxed pace helps with this. That said, there is not the same sense of urgency, moving around and getting things done that the first two had. In short, the game is different from the first two in many ways. It is, however, still a really good game. The characters are not quite as dynamic this time but are still interesting and the slight loss of personality really comes from the blocky 3D rather than less good writing on Jane’s part. The feel of the game verges more on an “experience” in some ways than a game, but it is a good one and one in which you need to immerse yourself in to really get the most of this game. Having said that, there are no lack of puzzles, characters and everything you would expect from a traditional AG. Casual players may well give up on this within minutes, but if you enjoy a challenging and involved AG then this is a must. Despite the criticism above, this is a very good game by Jane Jensen, and that really tells us all we need to know. Time Played: Over 20 hours

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