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Adventure Game Scene of the Day — Saturday 15 September 2012

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Today is the 122nd anniversary of Agatha Christie’s birth, so here’s her most famous character: Hercule Poirot, here in Evil Under the Sun.

     

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Even though I didn’t think the Agatha games were anything other than just good, average, adventure games I was sorry to see the developer abandon the adventure genre in favor of making the series Casual. I was hoping that further adventures would get better with each release but, for me, that came to an abrupt halt as I don’t do casual.

     

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I really did love Evil Under The Sun… It just seemed to capture the right spirit for me.

     

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I liked the series. The main “problem” with it, is that neither of the game stands out, nor the sequels dramatically improved upon predecessors. However, I was sad to see developer going into the casual department. At least we’re left with more of Sherlock Holmes games.

Another thing - Evil Under the Sun is probably the best game in terms of “voice mimicking” - the main actor sounds exactly like David Suchet (who himself voiced Murder on the Orient Express)

     

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I have never played the series, so I am going to ask to everyone else who did: Since I have already read the books, is there any point in playing the games as well? (Is the storyline the same as in the books or perhaps offers a different viewpoint than Poirot’s ?)

     
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Sorry I haven’t read Evil Under the Sun, and I haven’t played Orient Express…

     

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As far as I remember every game in the series change things just a bit so there’s surprise also for those who had read the books. I think it mostly concerns endings, with additional characters and subplots.

     

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Sefir - 16 September 2012 09:28 AM

I have never played the series, so I am going to ask to everyone else who did: Since I have already read the books, is there any point in playing the games as well? (Is the storyline the same as in the books or perhaps offers a different viewpoint than Poirot’s ?)

Evil Under the Sun follows the book pretty closely, although it adds a few new subplots here and there for padding; I thought it worked, even though I already knew who the killer was. And Then There Were None, on the other hand, makes lots of changes in order to turn it from a thriller into a detective game; I thought the result was terrible. (I haven’t played Orient Express.)

     

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I loved all the games in the Agatha Christie series, though And Then There Were None was the one with the most suspense and tension.

And to answer Sefir’s question, the ending was changed in the “And Then There Were None” The killer is not the same person (and has completely different motives) as in the book.

I do not know about the other 2 games, since I didn’t read the books.

Anyway, both Agatha Christie books, and games, as well as the Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple TV Shows, are my absolute favourites.

It’s so sad that they never made more than three games. Cry (And I don’t really like casual games) I’m still hoping that some day another proper Hercule Poirot (or maybe Jane Marple) adventure game, will be made. Foot in mouth

     

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SweetDalilah -

I loved all the games in the Agatha Christie series, though And Then There Were None was the one with the most suspense and tension.

Darn, I’m sad to hear this.
If three games can be played in any order, I always prefer to *keep the best for last*, and ATTWN is the only one of the three I’ve played so far…
Unless of course the “suspense and tension” part has nothing to do with the quality of the game itself?

     

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SweetDalilah - 07 October 2012 05:02 PM

And to answer Sefir’s question, the ending was changed in the “And Then There Were None”

Glad to hear it Sweet D. Perhaps I’ll give it a shot.

     
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TimovieMan - 08 October 2012 11:39 AM

Darn, I’m sad to hear this.
If three games can be played in any order, I always prefer to *keep the best for last*, and ATTWN is the only one of the three I’ve played so far…
Unless of course the “suspense and tension” part has nothing to do with the quality of the game itself?

Well ATTWN is definitely best in terms of the whole atmosphere, but “Evil Under the Sun”, is quite open-world, you can travel to a lot of different locations, see the beach, travel by boat, see a lot of greenish, grassy paths surrounding the houses and shops Heart Eyes, plus you get to play as Hercule Poirot and Hercule Poirot nonetheless.

While in “Murder on the Orient Express” you explore the train, and the snowy regions around it (which is nice if you want to see every single part of the train), and you play as a female person (instead of Poirot, who had an unexpected injury), and then give out reports to Poirot during the game.

So, I’d put Evil Under the Sun in the second place and “Murder on the Orient Express” in the last, but that’s just my opinion. You might like the other two better, who knows. Wink

Sefir - 08 October 2012 11:55 AM
SweetDalilah - 07 October 2012 05:02 PM

And to answer Sefir’s question, the ending was changed in the “And Then There Were None” 

Glad to hear it Sweet D. Perhaps I’ll give it a shot.


Try it, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. Grin

     

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