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#1072227 - 06/27/16 05:21 PM Any games like (fill in the blank)?
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This question seems to get asked at least once a year, so I have dibs on it this time. smile I'm so hungry for a new game with the atmosphere of a Tex Murphy or Gabriel Knight or the Broken Sword series or Siberia or Longest Journey or even the wacky and wonderful quality of Grim Fandango or Monkey Island. I haven't found many successors to this sort of creativity and quality, but I know they must be out there! The last game I played that really held me was "The Lost Crown." It was wonderful. I look at the Best of 2015 list and see the same older games I've enjoyed so much being nominated each year. Most of them, I have played, but I wrote down a couple to check out. I don't see too many games whose names I don't recognize. Does this mean 2015 didn't offer many "Best of" status adventure games? Does everyone simply replay their old favorites? Are their some game companies that are doing a better than average job of putting out adventure games?

I have purchased a couple of games lately, but bailed on two of them (one because it involved repeated, frantic action sequences and the other because I could not save my game). I am about to buy Kings Quest VI and VII from GOG because I loved those games and know they'll be entertaining. And I still have many old games on DVDs on my shelves.

Just curious about the adventure genre in general.

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#1072233 - 06/27/16 05:34 PM Re: Any games like (fill in the blank)? [Re: Reenie]
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I've been replaying old favorites right now (just finished The Longest Journey and now playing Under a Killing Moon), and I haven't played most of the newer games so don't have much of a basis for comparison. The only thing I can think of to suggest is the Black Mirror trilogy, if you are looking for a long and engrossing saga. GOG has them, but you have probably already played them.

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#1072234 - 06/27/16 05:35 PM Re: Any games like (fill in the blank)? [Re: Reenie]
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You can see what people are currently playing here. It looks like a lot of them are indeed playing oldies but goodies.

If a game is like Broken Sword or Tex Murphy, you can generally find it fast enough by searching a key-word. You can be sure someone will say it if it reminds them of it.

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#1072240 - 06/27/16 06:10 PM Re: Any games like (fill in the blank)? [Re: Reenie]
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Some people said Kathy Rain reminded them of Gabriel Knight.

I guess if you liked The Lost Crown you could try The Last Crown: Midnight Horror, though Midnight Horror was a short game.

If you liked Samorost, there is Samorost 3.

Order of the Thorne: The King's Challenge is similar to some old Sierra

If you haven't played Broken Sword 5, there is that

List of adventure games from 2015 here
http://www.pagodagamedatabase.com/year.php?year=2015
From that list, there are Tormentum and Fran Bow if you like horror. Technobabylon for a futuristic world.

List of adventure games from 2016 here
http://www.pagodagamedatabase.com/year.php?year=2016

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#1072242 - 06/27/16 06:49 PM Re: Any games like (fill in the blank)? [Re: Reenie]
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Have you played Dreamfall Chapters? It's the latest game in The Longest Journey series, and it's one of my personal favorites now. Also, if you don't mind "different" types of adventures, Life is Strange and Oxenfree show a lot of creativity, and I thought they were both excellent. Oxenfree has no puzzles, though, unless you count the radio mechanic and the optional search for letters. Dreamfall Chapters and Life is Strange have puzzles, though they're generally not very difficult. Dreamfall Chapters' stronger puzzles were a little harder than the puzzles in Life is Strange. All have very strong stories.

I'm also really enjoying the new King's Quest, though it has some action elements I could do without. Depending on your tolerance for those, if you're a King's Quest fan, you'll probably like it. Reactions can vary, though, so you may want to watch a YouTube video to get an idea as to whether or not you'll enjoy it. smile

If you're looking for a more classic experience, Technobabylon is one of the stronger recent ones. Also, if you haven't tried them, you may consider The Book of Unwritten Tales games. The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 was just completed early this year. They're great classic adventure type games, and they have elements of both Sierra and Lucas Arts.

If you don't mind very dark games, The Cat Lady and Downfall by Harvester Games are fantastic, particularly the former.

And hopefully, The Last Crown: Blackenrock will be out soon. smile Midnight Horror was definitely fun but more of an appetizer. smile

EDIT: I just realized you said you didn't like not being able to save your game. Unfortunately, several recent adventures are like this. I don't like it either, but I would be missing out on so many great games if I didn't tolerate it. So to let you know Dreamfall Chapters, Life is Strange, Oxenfree and the new King's Quest all have autosaves. I find them generally frequent, though sometimes it's a pain having to get to one. Oxenfree saves the game every time you enter a new screen, so in a sense, you can create your own save just by going to another screen if you like. smile But if creating your own saves is an important factor to you, I wanted to let you know this. The other games I have listed here do allow you to create your own saves, so no problems there.


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#1072254 - 06/27/16 08:58 PM Re: Any games like (fill in the blank)? [Re: Reenie]
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Reenie,

Reading your list tells me that you enjoy the same kind of games that Venus does so I would take a close look at her suggestions. Someone else mentioned the Black Mirror games and I think you would enjoy that series.

Some of these might be too old for you but here are some games I think you might want to take a look at based on the games you mentioned:

Discworld 1&2
Secret Files 1&2
Ankh
Legend of Kyrandia
Runaway
Simon the Sorcerer 1&2


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#1072266 - 06/27/16 10:19 PM Re: Any games like (fill in the blank)? [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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Yes, I saw that thread. Very interesting! That and the 2015 list were what made me wonder about "new" games, since (like me) many folks were replaying old favorites.

Oh yes, you are right on the money. I loved all of those, Space Quest!

I loved the Black Mirror games, too!

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#1072270 - 06/27/16 10:43 PM Re: Any games like (fill in the blank)? [Re: venus]
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Venus, we seem to share a taste in games. Thanks for the hint on checking out game play on YouTube. What a great idea! Better than any short preview clip.

I didn't mind the action elements in the old KQ VIII, and I loved the game Outcast, but both of those were more than 15 years ago. Now, I can't handle the stress of action play. It actually will give me chest pain to run against a timer or be involved in combat. frown I am happiest with a lot to explore, tough puzzles to solve, clues to collect and a strategy to develop.

I did buy Dreamfall, after loving The Longest Journey, but I never got more than 1/4 of the way through. The camera stuff made me carsick and I couldn't master the compulsory kick-fighting. Just don't have the reflexes for that. So I never bought Dreamfall Chapters.

Technobabylon sounds very intriguing. I will look for that for sure! I played the sequel to The Lost Crown, and it was short. Do you know if Blackenrock will be longer. That series is such fun! I loved The Book of Unwritten Tales, both 1 and 2. Sure hope more games like that will be in our future. No, I don't usually play many "dark games. Sadism and the like are just too unpleasant. I did play the Dracula series, which was excellent, but I stay away from most horror.

It is a shame some games are autosaves now, because it makes you play on their schedule instead of your own. Real life often intrudes on my game playing. wink But I might give Oxenfree a try, since there is a workaround. Thanks for that!

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#1072273 - 06/27/16 11:10 PM Re: Any games like (fill in the blank)? [Re: Reenie]
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The Book of Unwritten Tales???
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#1072332 - 06/28/16 10:06 AM Re: Any games like (fill in the blank)? [Re: Reenie]
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Hi,

here is the list of some games I can recommend although I believe there are not many who have not played these already:

* Agon: The Mysterious Codex
* Agon: The Lost Sword of Toledo

* Keepsake
* Lost Horizon
* Machinarium
* Return to Mysterious Island 1 & 2

* Runaway: A Road Adventure
* Runaway: The Dream of the Turtle
* Runaway: A Twist of Fate

* Secret Files: Tunguska
* Secret Files 2: Puritas Cordis
* Secret Files 3
* Secret Files: Sam Peters

A bit darker and or spooky games:

* Overclocked: The History of Violence
* Rhiannon
* Scratches

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#1072359 - 06/28/16 12:13 PM Re: Any games like (fill in the blank)? [Re: TJL]
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TJL, those are some of our favorites all right, but thanks for contributing. I missed the fact that there was a fourth Secret Files. Going looking now!

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#1072400 - 06/28/16 06:56 PM Re: Any games like (fill in the blank)? [Re: Reenie]
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Reenie,

I thought of a couple of other games. Tony Tough is older but the Deponia series is a newer one. They might be worth a look to you.

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#1072462 - 06/29/16 08:35 AM Re: Any games like (fill in the blank)? [Re: Reenie]
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If you liked the whacky humour of Grim Fandango, I'm going to also suggest Ceville. Mentioned already by SQF but the Ankh games are also good (I seem to remember the third game being the best).

Technobabylon is also well worth getting.

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#1072469 - 06/29/16 09:39 AM Re: Any games like (fill in the blank)? [Re: Reenie]
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Oh, yes! I see Machinarium in TLJ's list... a great game which I absolutely loved.
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#1072509 - 06/29/16 01:17 PM Re: Any games like (fill in the blank)? [Re: Draclvr]
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Draclvr, I bought Machinarium, too. Loved the style, the humor and the puzzling aspects of it. I was unable to go very far, though, because of the timed episodes. Too stressful. Triggered chest pain. I was so disappointed because I was loving it before it came to the arcade stuff.

I did play the Ankh games, too. Wonderful.

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