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#113854 - 08/02/03 10:15 AM Re: What game did you just have to give up on?
Betty Lou Offline
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Registered: 07/29/00
Posts: 11334
Loc: Sacramento, CA USA
The Ward gets my #1 vote, could not get through the LASER sequence just to open a door!
Then there was The Last Express......too frustrating even with a walkthrough
May give up entirely on Titanic An Adventure Out Of Time, started it more than once and it is just sitting on the shelf glaring at me!
There have been several that I did not get to start very well because of technical problems, don't remember what they are now...
Love, Betty Lou
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#113855 - 08/02/03 10:31 AM Re: What game did you just have to give up on?
syd Offline
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Registered: 11/12/99
Posts: 12306
Loc: Body in California/Heart in Ha...
So far I haven't given up completely on any adventure game. I've installed, played some and un installed quite a few however, but always tell myself I'll get through them some day and I will - some day.

But I swear the next time I try to play Nine, I'm going to shoot that annoying airplane right through the propeller lol
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#113856 - 08/02/03 10:36 AM Re: What game did you just have to give up on?
MacDee Offline
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Registered: 06/06/99
Posts: 14887
Loc: Battle Creek, Michigan
Hey Laura, wasn't it you that didn't finish Shivers? Or was that Syd? whistle

~Dee

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#113857 - 08/02/03 10:48 AM Re: What game did you just have to give up on?
syd Offline
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Registered: 11/12/99
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Wasn't me - I finished both of them - just never had the patience to keep doing the end sequence in Shivers II over and over and over and over in order to get the good ending - so I said to heck with it (actually I said something much stronger, but this is a family board after all) wink and let the bad guys win laugh
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#113858 - 08/02/03 11:23 AM Re: What game did you just have to give up on?
Ladybug Offline
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Registered: 05/25/01
Posts: 644
Loc: New York
Schizm, loved the graphics, but the game ugh!!! Also The Last Express, got killed too often in the beginning of the game, finally gave up.
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#113859 - 08/02/03 11:31 AM Re: What game did you just have to give up on?
Llewton Offline
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Registered: 06/27/03
Posts: 1800
Loc: Ardsley, New York
Just because of the raves I tried the original Myst and Riven both of which I wound up giving up on. Just can't get into games that are mostly puzzles with thin stories surrounding them. I like games with strong plotlines and character interaction which is why the Tex, Gabriel,Broken Swords, TLJ (sorry Dee but the very reason you disliked it is why I did), Black Dahlia and am currently playing Hitchcock and loving it. Oh well as they say different strokes for different folkes.

Happy gaming,
Lewton
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#113860 - 08/02/03 11:37 AM Re: What game did you just have to give up on?
Carolin Offline
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Registered: 09/05/02
Posts: 565
Loc: Oslo, Norway
I jused to finish every game I started, then I started Simon 3. I have started it three times, but the first two times a bug stopped the game. Now I have installed a patch, and has started again. But I really don't think I will finish that.
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#113861 - 08/02/03 12:38 PM Re: What game did you just have to give up on?
Becky Offline
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Registered: 02/16/00
Posts: 26894
Loc: Stony Brook, New York, USA
I've given up on so many games I can't even remember them all. Whenever a game stops being fun -- hey, there's LOTS of other games calling to me.

I don't understand this urge to FINISH. Well, not if it takes a lot of work.

I also always read ahead in novels.

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#113862 - 08/02/03 03:26 PM Re: What game did you just have to give up on?
granny Offline
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Registered: 08/27/99
Posts: 7404
Loc: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida USA
I gave up on Egypt 1, was just too much like work.

But my latest 'QUIT' will probably get me some flacklol

Omega Stone!!! I used the keycards just to visit the four main locations for a look, and ecstatically traded it for Salammbo.
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#113863 - 08/02/03 04:23 PM Re: What game did you just have to give up on?
burpee Offline
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Registered: 12/14/00
Posts: 4516
Loc: North aurora IL
Wow, I'm starting to feel like a real trouper after reading this thread. I have mentioned before that the only games I gave up on were Traitor's Gate (glitch) and Of Light and Darkness (totally lost). I WANTED to give up on The Ward but stuck that one out. It could have been such a good game.

Glitches will ruin a game faster for me than anything else. I've been very lucky that I've encountered very few of them and most can be worked around. A few Boomers sound like this happens frequently to them, so I send my sympathies. We all know how it feels to have a buggy game, ick.

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#113864 - 08/02/03 04:30 PM Re: What game did you just have to give up on?
BacardiJim Offline
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Registered: 07/27/03
Posts: 2202
Loc: USA
I don't blame you a lot, Granny. I absolutely adored Riddle of the Sphinx. Which is why The Omega Stone gets my vote for the Biggest Disappointment of 2003. I don't know what happened to the Toblers, but for the most part, TOS was missing all the beauty and sheer FUN that made RotS such a delight. By the time we finished Chichen Itza in TOS I had a headache, needed a shower to get all the virtual grime off, and made myself a giant Bacardi & Pepsi. laugh
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#113865 - 08/02/03 06:11 PM Re: What game did you just have to give up on?
SuMac Offline
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Registered: 12/26/01
Posts: 1995
Loc: New Hampshire
After having stated this morning that the only game I ever gave up on was In Cold BLood, I'm thinking of giving up on another one - Arthur's Knights. I couln't play it two years ago on my old computer, because of my wimpy video card, so I tried it this afternoon with XP. It appears to be running so-so, but Holy Moley, what an awful interface! Mouse for inventory control, and keyboard to move your character around! Of course he keeps bumping into walls, but mostly he just shrugs his shoulders when I want him to do anything.

I've only been playing with it for about and hour, so I'll give it a little more time to see if this potential turkey is worth continuing with.

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#113866 - 08/03/03 12:02 PM Re: What game did you just have to give up on?
oldman Offline
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Registered: 04/15/00
Posts: 3405
Loc: Lost in the Arizona Desert
Koala Lumpur had an arcade sequence that I just couldn't too so I uninstalled it. (Other than that I liked the game though.)

ROTS A lot of people liked it but I was put off by the isolation and I don't like caves.

Rama - I don't play games to do math.
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#113867 - 08/03/03 12:18 PM Re: What game did you just have to give up on?
Rckasea Offline
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Registered: 08/11/00
Posts: 2565
Loc: Colden,N.Y.
Hello,
Of Light and Darkness
The whole game is a timed sequence.
I finished American McGee's Alice with lots of saves and god mode cheats. I like point and click.
Starting Dark Fall,
Rick
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#113868 - 08/03/03 12:27 PM Re: What game did you just have to give up on?
BacardiJim Offline
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Registered: 07/27/03
Posts: 2202
Loc: USA
Ok...oldman brought up what has become a very sore point with me.

Yes, Rama had some math in it. Some very basic math in Base 16 and in Base 8. There are even machines to assist you in doing the translation and give you tutorials in the simple addition and subtraction that is required set up adjacent to these two puzzles. Yes, there are only two little puzzles in the entire game which require math.

What seems to have stymied reviewers, walkthrough writers(with one notable exception) and players alike is that they all tried to use math to solve the puzzles of the keycard tiles. This is completely unnecessary, as the tiles cam be figured out using simple pattern recognition.

(Kudos to Tally Ho for recognizing and explaining it in his/her excellent walkthrough! I had it figured out on my own but ran across TH's walkthrough after I was done with the game and looking for advice on a particular point I had forgotten to help someone else.)

I compare it to a game puzzle where you are in a car and a tire goes flat. It seems that 99% of people went through the rigamarole of finding a rubber tree, tapping it, processing the rubber and making a new tire to put on the car. Tally Ho and I just looked in the trunk and put on the spare. Both methods work, but one kills the game and one lets it progress with minimal interruption.

It's true that the patterns on the (correct) tiles were rooted in many various alternative numbering systems. But every one of them could be solved by simple visual inspection of the tiles. ("Hmmm, in this set the dot moves 1 wedge clockwise in the outer ring with each succeeding tile, 4 wedges in the middle ring, and 2 in the center ring. So the missing tile must have dots here, here, and here.")

Sorry to temporarily hijack the thread like this, but as I said, this is a sore point with me. I believe that the reviewers who mention the hundred kinds of math necessary to play the game are scaring a lot of people away from discovering what I think is a truly great game. And the walkthrough writers who then offer those people who do buy the game the "rubber tree" solutions make sure hardly anyone finishes the game.

Pardon the interruption. We now return you to your regularly scheduled thread, already in progress.
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