It is sad that adventure games' glory days are now all but over. New adventure games are still being released, but they're nowhere as popular as they were in the 1990s. When most people talk about games nowadays, they refer to the latest MMORPG or FPS or RTS or whatever.
I started playing adventure games probably in 2000, so I missed a lot of good games that were released in the 1990s. Luckily, through eBay, friends, second-hand shops etc I was able to get my hands on some of the best adventure games ever made. I'd like to recommend those titles in this guide. I'll try not to cover games already mentioned in another eBay guide called "A Journey Through Time and Adventure Games".
The Last Express [
This game is really unique. Firstly, it uses a technique called rotoscope. From Wikipedia: Rotoscoping is a technique where animators trace live action movement, frame by frame, for use in animated cartoons. This makes the game's graphics really unique. Secondly, events occur independently from your actions. This means you could potentially miss some critical events. The fun part is figuring out where and when important event is to occur. The whole game takes place in a train on the brink of World War I. There are Russians, Arabs, Germans, Serbians, etc. They speak their own languange and follow their own agendas. It's very, very interesting! There are too many good things to mention about this game. You really owe yourself to play it.
Gabriel Knight - Sins of the Fathers [
The first of the Gabriel Knight series, this game introduces Gabriel Knight, a bookshop owner in New Orleans. Somehow he's involved in recent ritualistic Voodoo murders, and he eventually discovers that he's the last Shadow Hunter, i.e. a hunter of supernatural evils/monsters/etc. The game's interface is typical to adventure games of its era, with buttons representing actions, e.g. talk, pick up, open, close, etc.
The story is excellent, even though the puzzles are a bit hard for me. I had to resort to walkthroughs a couple of times.
Gabriel Knight - The Beast Within [
The second Gabriel Knight game is an FMV game, i.e. it uses real actors. Gabriel Knight, having accepted his destiny as a Shadow Hunter, leaves the US to his ancestor's castle in Germany. There, he is asked to investigate reports that werewolves are roaming the area. This eventually leads him to uncovering secrets involving the mad king of Bavaria, Wagner's lost opera, etc. Being a Gabriel Knight game, it definitely doesn't disappoint in the story department!
Gabriel Knight - Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned [
This is my favourite Gabriel Knight game. The story follows Gabriel Knight investigating the kidnapping of a royal baby that leads them to a real-life town in France called Rennes-Le-Chateau. There they're involved in an ancient conspiracy that spans two thousand years about the Holy Grail and the bloodline of Jesus. Sounds familiar? Yep, if you like The Da Vinci Code, you'll find the game's story very, very interesting. The best part of the game, apart from the story, is its puzzles. One particular puzzle is even considered by many to be the best in adventure games!
That's it for now folks. I've got other games on my list but I'll add them when I have more time.
Thanks for reading!
Adventure Games You Should Definitely Play
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25 June 2006
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