As far as I can figure, hard mode just means less sparkles. There usually still are sparkles anyway at a HO scene though, at least in the newer games. And the hints load more slowly and maybe the map doesn't show where there is something to do. Those things don't bother me. I do not play in the hardest mode though, just middle usually.
Steam Adventure Special Offers - Add one tag in that "Narrow By" section. Lets say "Point & Click". Go through the list of games. Swap it out for "Puzzle". Go through that list. Try "Interactive Fiction" and so on. Hopefully you will find games you have not seen or heard of before that might be of interest to you
When you say it didn't play the way it was supposed to, what do you mean? Did everything move really slowly like molasses? If it did, that is the dual core issue. Do you know what kind of processor your Vista computer has?
Most people had to install the Syberia SP3 patch. I was unable to fine it in a reliable download anywhere except for Mystery Manor. We have this patch there. You might go ahead and download the patch and see if it helps.
That "Early Preview (Intro Sequence)" is very cool. After watching it a number of times it managed to throw me into Tex Murphy withdrawals. That intro made me think of Tesla Effect which I played when it released back in 2014 but I am thinking about playing it again now. Tesla was a very good game, it was an excellent game! So lucky it was developed at all
I am wondering if anyone who has interest in this Pandora Directive Remaster has played Tesla Effect. If you have not play the demo, better yet just get the game and start it. It's not very often when I come across a game that grabs me to the point where I can't put it down until finished, very rare. Tesla Effect did that. Don't miss out on this one while waiting for this remaster