I totally agree with you, tinagoss, that the game needs someone like Gabe to give it some jazz. Not necessarily New Orleans style but something to make him "come alive" and fun to play.
I just remembered something else that gets me about that main character: He stands right in front of the hot spot and it isn't easy to move him away so one is clicking the hot spot through his backside where I get the strong urge to kick him out of the way! Sheesh, I would have thought the alpha testers would have caught that long before the game went to the beta testers, where it would have been too late, I would guess.
To love is to be happy with!