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What happened to comedy adventure games?

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I tried to make The Secrets of Jesus funny. I dont know if I did it Smile

But I would say, humor is a matter of taste, not everyone likes the humor in some adventure games, so, some developers avoid that or they dont dare.

     
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I’m developing a sci-fi comedy adventure right now.. go check us out on facebook. Its really early on but its gearing up to be really funny. follow our progress, we are posting concept art, screenschots etc..
https://www.facebook.com/Sauced-in-Space-121235569278534

     
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So I just started playing Feria D’Arles and it’s a really well written comedy adventure. It comes across as effortlessly funny in a way that’s genuinely similar to the writing in classic LucasArts adventures. It’s also gorgeous and well animated. It’s a short game (3 to 4 hours from the impressions I’ve seen) but it’s under 4 dollars on steam so the value is still great.

Kinda surprised because this game wasn’t really on my radar but It’s one of the better comedy adventures I’ve played in a while & one of the best games I’ve played this year (so far).

     
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Comedy writers don’t get enough credit. Comedy is incredibly difficult to pull off, I gather. I can empathise with the trepidation of going full comedy.

     

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The authoritative answer, funny…

     

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I think part of the problem these days is that a lot of humor have become lazy pop culture references. Another issue is that most comedic adventure games are now made in Spain and Germany, countries who aren’t exactly famous for their humour. But the few comedic games that does come out of US and England aren’t exactly hilarious either sadly.

Book of unwritten tales 1 and 2 and Nelly Cootalot 1-2 are pretty good games though if you don’t expect more than a light chuckle.

Hollywood monsters though, oh my God the writing was so bad. Everyone kept saying Ayo and Aya till you went crazy. But yeah anyways there’s some good games, just don’t expect to laugh.

     
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Jon_wachter - 02 January 2020 05:51 AM

I think part of the problem these days is that a lot of humor have become lazy pop culture references.

It hasn’t really become that, it has always been like that.
Take almost any old Sierra game, and they are loaded with references like that, which in many cases are unfortunately not tied to timeless pop culture, but that of their own time. And that makes it very difficult for younger or less experienced players to relate to. Do adventure noobies or younger players find “Latex Babes of Estros” at all entertaining or funny, if they ever happen to play Space Quest?

Jon_wachter - 02 January 2020 05:51 AM

Another issue is that most comedic adventure games are now made in Spain and Germany, countries who aren’t exactly famous for their humour.

It’s an acquired taste. For instance, Runaway is a very funny and engaging adventure game, although some people don’t like it.
And Verschollen auf Lost Island has one of the funniest puzzle solutions ever, even if the game otherwise isn’t exactly a classic.

     
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GateKeeper - 02 January 2020 07:48 AM
Jon_wachter - 02 January 2020 05:51 AM

Another issue is that most comedic adventure games are now made in Spain and Germany, countries who aren’t exactly famous for their humour.

It’s an acquired taste. For instance, Runaway is a very funny and engaging adventure game, although some people don’t like it.
And Verschollen auf Lost Island has one of the funniest puzzle solutions ever, even if the game otherwise isn’t exactly a classic.

Verschollen auf Lost Island is not a German game.  Tongue

     

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Karlok - 02 January 2020 08:02 AM
GateKeeper - 02 January 2020 07:48 AM
Jon_wachter - 02 January 2020 05:51 AM

Another issue is that most comedic adventure games are now made in Spain and Germany, countries who aren’t exactly famous for their humour.

It’s an acquired taste. For instance, Runaway is a very funny and engaging adventure game, although some people don’t like it.
And Verschollen auf Lost Island has one of the funniest puzzle solutions ever, even if the game otherwise isn’t exactly a classic.

Verschollen auf Lost Island is not a German game.  Tongue

Hhhmmm… according to Wikipedia it isn’t, according to Mobygames, it is.
Which is correct?

     

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Runaway is a great game series because it doesn’t try to be funny, it’s not going for laugh out loud laughs there’s very little actual jokes. Sort of like Broken Sword. It’s like a drama comedy.

The problem is when games try to be funny and they’re not, like German Leisure suit larry or German Simon the sorcerer, Deponia or Hollywood monsters or Darkestville castle. I think a lot of humor gets lost in translation though to be fair.

     
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GateKeeper - 02 January 2020 09:05 AM
Karlok - 02 January 2020 08:02 AM

Verschollen auf Lost Island is not a German game.  Tongue

Hhhmmm… according to Wikipedia it isn’t, according to Mobygames, it is.
Which is correct?

Mobygames says the same thing as Wikipedia: not German.  Tongue

PS: I played the game many years ago and I wonder what that puzzle is you mentioned?

 

     

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It’s Czech and Slovakian.

     
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Karlok - 02 January 2020 10:18 AM

Mobygames says the same thing as Wikipedia: not German.  Tongue

PS: I played the game many years ago and I wonder what that puzzle is you mentioned?

Yep, if the description says “Lost Island is a German 3rd POV point-and-click adventure game with English dialogues and subtitles.”, then it must be not German, because the text says it’s German! Thumbs Up  Tongue

But OK, let’s assume that Mobygames is wrong and it is from somewhere else.

The puzzle that I found absolutely hilarious when I played the game was:
The protagonist needs to cut down a tree, but doesn’t have proper tools.
Solution: catch a beaver, get an engine, attach engine to the beaver and use it as a chainsaw.

Laughing

     

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GateKeeper - 02 January 2020 01:46 PM
Karlok - 02 January 2020 10:18 AM

Mobygames says the same thing as Wikipedia: not German.  Tongue

PS: I played the game many years ago and I wonder what that puzzle is you mentioned?

Yep, if the description says “Lost Island is a German 3rd POV point-and-click adventure game with English dialogues and subtitles.”, then it must be not German, because the text says it’s German! Thumbs Up  Tongue

But OK, let’s assume that Mobygames is wrong and it is from somewhere else.

 

Yes they must be wrong cause it clearly says it’s a Czech and Slovakian game.“Missing on Lost Island (aka Ztracen├Ż ostrov (Czech), Verschollen Auf Lost Island (German)) is a 2000 Czech/Slovakian adventure game developed by Mayhem Studios and Riki Computer Games, and published by Bohemia Interactive.”

     
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GateKeeper - 02 January 2020 01:46 PM

Yep, if the description says “Lost Island is a German 3rd POV point-and-click adventure game with English dialogues and subtitles.”, then it must be not German, because the text says it’s German! Thumbs Up  Tongue

But OK, let’s assume that Mobygames is wrong and it is from somewhere else.

The developers were not German, that’s the whole point.*

The puzzle that I found absolutely hilarious when I played the game was:
The protagonist needs to cut down a tree, but doesn’t have proper tools.
Solution: catch a beaver, get an engine, attach engine to the beaver and use it as a chainsaw.

Laughing

I don’t remember that puzzle. Frown Too long ago, I guess. Didn’t care much for the game.

EDIT: *Oops! Somebody else already posted that.

     

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