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#120002 - 01/19/06 10:10 AM Re: Worst adventure game?
Syberian Offline
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Have to agree with Niteowl, Aura was certainly my worst adventure game, but a few have pushed it close to that coverted spot lol
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#120003 - 01/19/06 10:30 AM Re: Worst adventure game?
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It's always so interesting to see what people post on this type of thread. I see a few new entries--I don't remember Aura being mentioned before. And I remember when Robert tried to play Runaway! laugh I think I told you not to play Monkey Island if you didn't like that one...

My nominees remain pretty much the same:

Traitor's Gate--clunky interface, really illogical plot, too steep learning curve, just boring. The first game I adandoned.

Thorgal's Quest--whoever said this was an adventure game? I just loved trying to find the exact right pixel on the screen to stand on so I could bean that guy with a rock...

And new additions:

Frankenstein TTEOTM--sorry, Betty Lou, I know you said this was delicious, but I couldn't get through it! The proportion of maze to plot was way too high!

Myst V--never thought I'd put a Myst game on any kind of "worst of" list, but this one resembled a marketing demo that never got properly developed.

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#120004 - 01/19/06 10:37 AM Re: Worst adventure game?
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hey - robert - i could take runaway off your hands if you still have it, and save you ! let me know... rotfl

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#120005 - 01/19/06 10:54 AM Re: Worst adventure game?
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Threads like this are always interesting. Susie07 had it right. Missing Since January is absolutely the worst game ever, but it doesn't even qualify as an adventure game. Conspiracies would be right behind it.

I don't review games, but I always give a score to a game when I finish playing it and record it for future reference. Here are the worst games on my list with their scores (out of 10).

Missing Since January - 1.7
Conspiracies - 1.8
The C.H.A.O.S. Continuum - 2.0
Azrael's Tear - 2.1
Schizm - 2.9
Crystal Key - 3.6
Drowned God - 3.6
Seven Games of the Soul - 4.0
Riddle of the Sphinx - 4.0

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#120006 - 01/19/06 11:14 AM Re: Worst adventure game?
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I loved Runaway, it had such a daft sense of humour! laugh

And ohhh WW, you have just brought the horror of Frankenstein TTEOTM back to my memory. This completely addled my brains; it was just one dark, monotonous passageway after another, and the navigation was horrible. I decided to give it a go because the very wonderful Tim Curry appeared in it, but even he couldn't save this dog's dinner of a game. frown
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#120007 - 01/19/06 11:44 AM Re: Worst adventure game?
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It is great to see the variety of tastes here--which is what makes the world go around!

I loved Riddle of the Sphinx and am playing Runaway and think it is a hoot--

Isn't it great that there is something for everyone out there laugh
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#120008 - 01/19/06 12:22 PM Re: Worst adventure game?
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Originally posted by DanF:
Missing Since January - 1.7
Conspiracies - 1.8
The C.H.A.O.S. Continuum - 2.0
Not played.

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Azrael's Tear - 2.1
Tried, and couldn't play.

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Schizm - 2.9
Brilliant, as is the followup Mysterious Journey II, but I don't I couldn't get into Sentinel, which appears to be very similar.

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Crystal Key - 3.6
So-so, didn't bother finishing, might return to it.

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Drowned God - 3.6
Not played.

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Seven Games of the Soul - 4.0
Outstanding and quirky!

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Riddle of the Sphinx - 4.0
Excellent - I loved this.

My second least favourite game that I've actually put any time into would be the follow up to RotS, The Omega Stone - so yawn-worthy I just had to give up.

And the worst? Mystery of the Druids ... total clap-trap.

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#120009 - 01/19/06 01:20 PM Re: Worst adventure game?
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You're right - it's always interesting to see games you liked are despised by some, and vice versa. However,I have yet to see someone say they liked Fork in the Tale, The Scroll or Forever Worlds, so I have to think those are the winners. laugh
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#120010 - 01/19/06 01:30 PM Re: Worst adventure game?
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I have to agree with an earlier post about A Quiet Weekend in Capri. I was bored to tears and I felt like I was continually looking for my travel guide. It's definitely no contest that Forever Worlds was the worst every, but (and I know I'm probably going to get a backlash for this one, but here goes)I absolutely hated Alida. Again, boooorrrrrrinnnnng. The graphics were beautiful, but it seemed extremely tedious and way too quiet.
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#120011 - 01/19/06 02:31 PM Re: Worst adventure game?
Robert Offline
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Originally posted by Becky:
Robert -- I think you are referring to Runaway. lol It does take awhile to get used to the game's wacky charm.
That's the one Becky smile . It was cute and all that...but I kept having to look at walkthroughs to do those strange illogical puzzles .
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#120012 - 01/19/06 02:42 PM Re: Worst adventure game?
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Originally posted by wysewomon:
And I remember when Robert tried to play Runaway! laugh I think I told you not to play Monkey Island if you didn't like that one
Hi WW wave , yep , that was me . I still have Escape From Monkey Island . I might just give a try when I'm in the mood for a little frustration smile


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Originally posted by niteowl07:
hey - robert - i could take runaway off your hands if you still have it, and save you ! let me know... rotfl
Sorry Niteowl , I traded that dude right away .
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#120013 - 01/19/06 03:25 PM Re: Worst adventure game?
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IMO, the problem with some of the posts on this subject are that people confuse 'games that are awful because I really disliked them and any games like them' with 'games that are awful because they were poorly designed, had a lousy plot, were bug-ridden etc.etc.' The latter premise is appropriate whereas the former isn't.

Take Aura. Aura was well-designed with beautiful graphics, many original puzzles, certainly a fairly limited plot and 1st person, point & click all the way. It was an excellent example of that sub-genre of AGs. So, anyone who really disliked it probably doesn't like games of that sub-genre very much if at all. Drowned God, on the other hand, would also be in that sub-genre, but it had limitations having to do with poor design, non-sensical plot etc. that make it a legitimate choice as a rather poor game (even though I rather enjoyed it).

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#120014 - 01/19/06 06:42 PM Re: Worst adventure game?
Marian Offline
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And I LIKED Azrael's Tear and thought it was a really good game. You need a slowdown program to get it to behave on faster computers, though.

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#120015 - 01/19/06 10:41 PM Re: Worst adventure game?
niteowl07 Offline
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Registered: 11/06/05
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what would the sub-genre be for Aura ? can someone give me other games in the same sub-genre?

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#120016 - 01/19/06 10:54 PM Re: Worst adventure game?
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Originally posted by SirDave:
IMO, the problem with some of the posts on this subject are that people confuse 'games that are awful because I really disliked them and any games like them' with 'games that are awful because they were poorly designed, had a lousy plot, were bug-ridden etc.etc.' The latter premise is appropriate whereas the former isn't.
All of that in the latter premise of your statement(except bug-ridden) , is of course , subject to ones' opinion . Therefore , the first premise of your statement would also apply . It's symantecs smile
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