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#944210 - 03/11/14 02:56 AM Need some help selecting some older titles
CNO Offline
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Registered: 12/15/07
Posts: 16
Fellow GB'ers,
I have made a list of possible adventures I seem to have missed along the way (I started with MYST and have enjoyed the sequels and any other similar offerings ever since) . I have some lengthy hospital stays coming up (4-days and then 2-3 weeks) and I want to load up my laptop with 5-10 of these (or maybe you have other suggestions) to help pass the time. This list is based on GB Reviews and Win7 threads and includes titles that: (1) seem interesting, (2) appear to be Win7 compatible and (3) are essentially new to me. Any help or personal experience anyone wants to contribute to the effort of narrowing the list is welcomed and appreciated!

Here is the "short" list. The "*" means a higher interest and "**" even more so.

Chronicles of Mystery: The Tree of Life
Cleopatra: A Queen's Destiny
Cognition Series
*Corrosion
**Culpa Innata
*Dark Fall: Lost Souls
Dracula 4
Dracula 5
ECHO: Secrets of the Lost Cavern
Face Noir
Immortals of Terra: A Perry Rhodan Adventure
*Last Half of Darkness: Beyond the Spirit's Eye (demo was unstable, flashed)
*Last Half of Darkness: Society of the Serpent Moon
*Last Half of Darkness: Tomb of Zojir
*Lost: Via Domus
*Lunar Deep: The Adventure Below
*Magnetic or Magnetic Revisited
*Martian Mystere
*Memento Mori
*Mijkatonic Pt 1: The Inhuman Stain
*Moment of Silence (CD only?)
Murder in the Abbey
Nibiru
Nicolas Eymerich: The Inquisitor 1: The Plague
*Nikopol: Secrets of the Immortals
*Nostradamas: The Last Prophecy
*The Omega Stone
*Outcry (Sublustrum)
*Overclocked: A History of Violence
*1953: KGB Unleashed (Phobos)
*Primordia
Relics: Dark Hours
Remedy
*Reperfection-Volume 1
Resonance
*RHEM 4
Rhiannon: Curse of the Four Branches
Runaway 1,2 3
**The Sacred Rings (Aura II)
**Scratches: Director's Cut
*Secrets of Atlantis: Sacred Legacy
*Sentinel: Descendents in Time
Shadows on the Vatican: Greed
*Shady Brook
Sinking Island
Slip Space
Strong Bad 5 (I am fond of Homestar Runner!)
*The Lost Crown
Yesterday
15 Days

Whew, tiring for a hunt and peck guy!

Thanks for any thoughts or suggestions! I'm looking forward to some of the new titles in the "New and Upcoming" column too but most won't be available in time. :(

CNO

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#944211 - 03/11/14 04:06 AM Re: Need some help selecting some older titles [Re: CNO]
Volkana Offline
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Registered: 01/03/08
Posts: 2176
Loc: Greece
Hello CNO!

Well i think you must definitely play Cognition Series and The Lost Crown. Lost crown is a masterpiece if you like a little horror in your game. Great story and picture. I enjoyed playing Cognition series too cause i like murder based games. Nice story, interesting new elements in the gameplay. I played them both in Win7 without a problem.

About Memento Mori, Murder in the Abbey, Runaway 1,2 3, Nibiru are next on my list and i think they worth a try cause there are too great titles and i also enjoy playing them. Although i don't remember if i played them on Win7 or winXP except Runaway 3 which i played it in Win7 without problems.

Overclocked: A History of Violence and Sinking Island are good too and i played them both on winXP but i remember some problems with Sinking Island but i don't recall what kind of problems. Maybe some fellow boomers will help you.

Lot of the games on your list i haven't played but these are my suggestions. Hope will help you and happy gaming

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#944213 - 03/11/14 04:18 AM Re: Need some help selecting some older titles [Re: CNO]
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Registered: 01/14/10
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CNO,

I had a great time playing LHOD: Tomb of Zojir and Society of the Serpent Moon.
Of the two, I think Zojir is probably better but they are both a lot of fun to play and I highly recommend both.

I enjoyed Nostradamus when I played it on XP but on Win 7 I never could get it to behave. It shook uncontrollably, as I recall, and I was never able to fix it.

Echo: Secrets of the Lost Cavern is an interesting game and a visual treat for the time in which it's set.
I've never seen one quite like it.
I'll give it my vote.

Personally, I did not like Sinking Island.
IMO it was boring; there was way too much walking; the PRA, a kind of tablet for detectives I guess, often gave you clues that were hard to match up, and in my opinion it was not one of Sokal's better games.

A much better detective game IMO, if you haven't played it, is Post Mortem the first - and best - of the Still Life series.

If you run out of games while you're in the hospital (and best wishes to you on that!), you can always go to GOG.com and hunt up some more for download.
They have sales on games every time you turn around and they're very reasonably priced for the most part.

Gil.

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#944222 - 03/11/14 05:35 AM Re: Need some help selecting some older titles [Re: CNO]
Kaki's Sister Offline
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Registered: 11/21/04
Posts: 17598
Loc: Marlborough USA
CNO I recommend Cupla Innata, Sacred Rings, Scratches, RHem 4, and Sentinel Descendents in Time. These will keep you busy. Hope all goes well for you in hospital.
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#944243 - 03/11/14 08:09 AM Re: Need some help selecting some older titles [Re: CNO]
Rushes Offline
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Registered: 07/10/05
Posts: 23831
Loc: UK
Culpa Innata and Last Half of Darkness: Tomb of Zojir for sure. (Culpa Innata is a long, dialogue driven game. Totally immersive and one of my all-time favourites.)

I've never managed to get ECHO working on my Windows 7 -- which makes me sad because it's a wonderful adventure. You might also have trouble with Martin Mystere and Moment of Silence.

Do check that your laptop has a sufficiently powerful graphics chip to be able to play all of your choices. luck
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#944287 - 03/11/14 11:23 AM Re: Need some help selecting some older titles [Re: CNO]
Jenny100 Offline
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Registered: 10/24/00
Posts: 35618
Loc: southeast USA
I'm unsure of what type of adventure games you're looking for. You only mention Myst and its sequels, but most of the games you listed are 3rd persson (where you see your character on the screen). Maybe you don't care if the games are 1st person (like Myst) or 3rd person, but the games that are most like Myst gameplaywise are Outcry (aka Sublustrum), RHEM 4, Omega Stone, Last Half of Darkness, (possibly KGB Unleashed, though I haven't played that one). Magnetic is more of a puzzle game. Slip Space is puzzle-oriented, but the locations are more disconnected than in the other games (including Myst) and unless you're interested in the puzzles alone I don't think it would be of interest. Sentinel is similar to the Myst series, but uses an FPS-type interface.

Cleopatra, Echo, Nostradamus, Remedy, Rhiannon, Sacred Rings, Secrets of Atlantis, and Shady Brook also use 1st person (except possibly during cut scenes). Remedy, Rhiannon, the Last Half of Darkness games, and Shady Brook have low tech graphics.

Of the 3rd person games, I'd suggest Memento Mori, The Lost Crown, and Lost Horizon (you didn't mention Lost Horizon). I thought Nicolas Eymerich was fun, but it helps if you have an odd sense of humor and don't mind playing as an old grouch.

If I was not feeling so good but still OK enough to play, I'd choose something like the Last Half of Darkness games, Primordia, or Barrow Hill. They aren't too difficult, but have reasonably fun puzzles. You didn't mention Barrow Hill in your list.

I would NOT choose 15 Days, because it's notoriously buggy.

Whatever you choose, make sure it works properly on your laptop.
Just because a game works in Windows 7 doesn't necessarily mean it will work on a laptop. The graphics chip, whether it has discrete video memory, and the graphics drivers that are installed are usually more important than the version of Windows -- at least with games made for XP and later.

I don't know if you'll have Internet in your hospital room, so you might want to copy walkthroughs to your laptop before you leave -- in case you encounter "the great black stucksors" while playing.

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#944289 - 03/11/14 11:25 AM Re: Need some help selecting some older titles [Re: Jenny100]
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Registered: 07/04/00
Posts: 21247
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I'd recommend The Lost Crown. It's a very interesting and long game, and you shouldn't have any trouble running it as it does not have demanding system requirements. wave

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#944296 - 03/11/14 11:51 AM Re: Need some help selecting some older titles [Re: CNO]
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The Lost Crown and any of the Last Half of Darkness are my vote. Also have you played Barrow Hill?
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#944303 - 03/11/14 12:09 PM Re: Need some help selecting some older titles [Re: CNO]
venus Offline
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Registered: 03/07/09
Posts: 5669
Loc: Arcadia (twin world of Stark)
Top two on your list for me are definitely Culpa Innata and The Lost Crown. Very close behind would be Cognition, The Moment of Silence, Overclocked and the Runaway games. Perry Rhodan is also very good. There are other games on your list that are quite good as well, but these are the ones I'd recommend first. smile

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#944312 - 03/11/14 01:40 PM Re: Need some help selecting some older titles [Re: venus]
Mad Offline
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Registered: 11/21/00
Posts: 23690
Loc: United Kingdom
I thoroughly enjoyed ....

ECHO: Secrets of the Lost Cavern
Murder in the Abbey
Nostradamas: The Last Prophecy

Plus .... Lost Horizon .... which is not on your list smile
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#944313 - 03/11/14 01:43 PM Re: Need some help selecting some older titles [Re: CNO]
Tracy Offline
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Registered: 02/19/06
Posts: 2016
Loc: Colorado, USA
Hi there. I think that the others covered any game suggestions I might've made, but I wanted to post anyway and say good luck with your hospital stay. I hope things go well and you'll be feeling better soon. smile

Tracy
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#944368 - 03/11/14 07:21 PM Re: Need some help selecting some older titles [Re: CNO]
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Registered: 01/26/14
Posts: 140

YOU have quite the list there.

Chronicles of Mystery: The Tree of Life - I loved. You gotta place that one.

Runaway 1, 2, 3 are must plays too.
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#944419 - 03/12/14 01:19 AM Re: Need some help selecting some older titles [Re: CNO]
CNO Offline
Shy Boomer

Registered: 12/15/07
Posts: 16
Thank each and every one of you for the helpful suggestions, recommendations and, most importantly, the well wishes! I didn't expect so much attention but I am very grateful for all of it. I'll use your thoughts to make some choices and start getting ready for next week's ordeal. I'm "almost" looking forward to it now!

I have played Post Mortem and Lost Horizon--enjoyed them both--but thanks for the suggestions anyway.

I'm not that partial to 1st or 3rd person perspective, either is fine as long as the game is good.

I think my laptop should be sufficient. It's an HP Pavilion dv7, i7, 8GB, 750GB, NVidia and Intel graphics options, full HD (1920p x 1080p), 17.3" screen size. So far it has done pretty well with quite a few games with the possible exception of Dracula 3. Thanks to the help here I was able to finish that one too with very little missed. So, we'll see how it goes from here!

I am an old Mystie and love that genre, cerebral, free-roaming, no "action" sorts of things. I'm not offended by subject matter (much) and have enjoyed many of the more macabre offerings. A good story and clever puzzles are probably the two most important things to me.

I would like to say "Thank You" in a bit of a strange way by encouraging everyone to keep a close watch on your health, get those checkups and report ANYTHING that seems unusual to your doctor. In 2011-2012 I was feeling fine but noticed I was a little tired all the time and was also having trouble losing weight despite calorie counting and riding my bicycle 10 miles essentially every day. My doc and I were considering thyroid problems when, in February of 2014 I passed a kidney stone (ouch!). Following that I had some persistent back pain and, suspicious I might have another stone, the doctor suggested a CT scan to have a look. The scan didn't show any more stones but did show I had enlarged lymph nodes and other suspicious areas which, after some biopsies and a PET scan turned out to be Stage IV Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. I did 6 cycles of R-CHOP chemotherapy over the summer and was clear in August. A scan in November 2013 revealed two likely recurrence sites in my liver and left jawbone. I had a biopsy of the jawbone (ouch again!) and it was confirmed to be a recurrence of the disease. Now I'm doing "salvage" chemo (R-ICE) and preparing for an autologous (using my own cells) stem cell transplant. I'm no spring chicken (67) so I'm scared but hopeful. If I can survive the treatment I might have a chance of beating this thing but it's not going to be easy. Looking back I now wish I had been a little more pro-active about even minor health issues since, if I had been diagnosed sooner, I might have beaten it the first time around. I know everyone's heard it before but it's really true: the earlier you catch these things the easier it will be to deal with them. So don't be shy folks, see your doc's and spill those beans!

If this is inappropriate please let me know and I'll remove it (or you can) but it is heartfelt and who knows, maybe it will prompt someone to make that appointment sooner rather than later.

Blessings to all,

CNO

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#944437 - 03/12/14 06:19 AM Re: Need some help selecting some older titles [Re: CNO]
Kaki's Sister Offline
Graduate Boomer

Registered: 11/21/04
Posts: 17598
Loc: Marlborough USA
CNO you just may have saved a life with your message. Thank you for sharing. I hope all goes well for you. I'll be thinking of you and keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. You have friends here at GB that will be here for you with hugs, love and prayers. I hope that is a comfort to you.
Take Care and Good Luck,
Gerry
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#944460 - 03/12/14 09:10 AM Re: Need some help selecting some older titles [Re: CNO]
MaG Offline
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Sonic Boomer

Registered: 12/28/99
Posts: 66235
Oh my! What a list. Lots of great games there. You'll have fun.

You can also check the list against the 2013 Adventure Games list voted on by the GBers.

CNO, Good luck on your progress. Your courage is inspirational.


Edited by MaG (03/12/14 11:41 AM)

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