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The List - It Begins 2023 #1301605
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Hi all

As foreshadowed, it’s been a while (5 years or so) since we have done a list, and so (and based on some earlier consultation) we thought we would bring it back, but with a bit of a twist.

First things first: we are adding Tex Murphy: Tesla Effect to the Hall of Fame (HOF). It featured prominently in our earlier lists ever since it was released and came first more than once. Plus Tex deserves to be in there.

Our HOF is therefore:

Amerzone
Black Mirror
Broken Sword 1 (Circle of Blood, Shadow of the Templars)
Dark Fall: The Journal
Dreamfall
Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers
Gabriel Knight: The Beast Within
Grim Fandango
Longest Journey
Lost Crown
Lost Horizon
Myst
Riven
Sanitarium
Still Life
Syberia
Syberia 2
Tex Murphy: Tesla Effect
Timelapse
Zork Nemesis
Zork Grand Inquisitor

Plus Isabelle of course, but that goes without saying grin

With respect to the lists, the idea behind them is to help other boomers work out what they might want to play next. The collective wisdom of all of us helps identify various possibilities. Essentially, you are answering the question "if I want to play an adventure game, what would you recommend." That is still the objective with this list, but between the HOF and the previous lists we have a lot of recommendations about what are essentially 'older' games. With this list we therefore want to try and unearth some more recent games.

On that basis the rules (there are always rules) are as follows:
- you can list up to 10 games
- 5 of those can be released whenever ('old' games - ignore the HOF games because we already know about them)
- the other 5 need to have been released in the last 5 years ('new' games)

You don't have to list 10 if you only want to recommend a couple, nor do you have to list equal numbers of old and new. Feel free to list 10 new games, or just 5 old games, or 5 old games and 3 new ones. Whatever suits, but no more than 5 old ones.

As far as "released in the last 5 years" is concerned, take it as being any game released in 2018 to the current date. That picks up a bit of overlap with our last list/s and everything since. The 'years' tab here and our own list of latest releases here will assist.

When you list, can you please try and list alphabetically as it aids in the tabulation. In doing so, ignore 'the' (so The Dark Eye would be listed under 'D' for dark). The list will stay open for about three weeks, and I will post updates as we go.

Who wants to go first?
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Re: The List - It Begins [Re: flotsam] #1301609
07/05/23 11:30 PM
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Agent A: A Puzzle In Disguise
The House Of Da Vinci
The House Of Da Vinci 2
The House Of Da Vinci 3
Prominence
The Room
The Room 2
The Room 3
The Room 4: Old Sins
Willy Morgan and the Curse of Bone Town

Re: The List - It Begins [Re: flotsam] #1301636
07/06/23 12:36 PM
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Doors: Paradox
Eyes of Ara (The)
Gordian Rooms 1: A Curious Heritage
The House Of Da Vinci
The House Of Da Vinci 2
The House Of Da Vinci 3
Machinika Museum
Meridian 157 Chapters 1 to 3 plus Prologue
Moebius: Empire Rising
Veritas

and I also agree with Uncle Reg's choice of the Room Series and Agent A..., great games.

Re: The List - It Begins [Re: Starcom] #1301638
07/06/23 01:57 PM
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Carol Reed : Birdwatcher
Carol Reed : Fall of April
Carol Reed : Geospots
Nick Bounty 3
Willy Morgan and the Curse of Bone Town
Carol Reed : Quarantine Diary
Carol Reed : Amos Green's Final Repose

I have purchased quite a lot more than I've listed here but they are still sitting on my "yet to play" pile !! redface


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Re: The List - It Begins [Re: flotsam] #1301640
07/06/23 02:26 PM
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Starcom,

You've got some really good ones also. I especially liked The Eyes Of Ara and Gordian Rooms 1. There's supposed to be a Gordian Rooms 2 coming, but from the looks of the demo it's not going to be point-and-click like the first one, and moving around seemed kind of awkward to me. I didn't even finish the demo. I hadn't heard of Meridian 157 before, but I took a look, and it looks like it will be good. I just downloaded the Prologue, it's free on Steam.

Re: The List - It Begins [Re: flotsam] #1301643
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Well Uncle Reg you are absolutely right about Gordian Rooms 2 no more point and click and I Do not like WASD keys nor controller although I have a decent one the movements make me sea sick and I would imagine I would Not be able to play the Actual game since They Cranked up the Video Card requirements, Gee-sus are some of these Devs. in Cahoots with the Video Card Companies? So needless to say I Removed GR2 from my Wishlist.

Let me know what you think of Meridian prologue.

Oh one last thing re: The Eyes of Ara, did you manage to find All the blue? gems to unlock the bonus Chapter, I missed 2 of them so on my next replay I will have to follow a WT from time to time to collect them all.

Last edited by Starcom; 07/06/23 02:59 PM.
Re: The List - It Begins [Re: flotsam] #1301645
07/06/23 03:18 PM
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Arthur's Knights: Tales of Chivalry
Arthur's Knights: Secrets of Merlin
Carol Reed: Amos Green's Final Repose
Carol Reed: Quarantine Diary
Dragon Riders: Chronicles of Pern
Dust: A Tale of the Wired West
Excavation of Hob's Barrow, The
Shivers
Willy Morgan and the Curse of Bone Town

Thank you so much for doing this, flotsam! wave

Re: The List - It Begins [Re: flotsam] #1301646
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Yes, I did unlock the bonus chapter, but I did have to peek at a walkthrough a few times. It's been a long time since I played it, but it's not just the blue lights you need. If I remember correctly there are coins, photos, figurines (little statues) and paintings, and you have to find all of them to finish that extra chapter. I think you can go back to all of those earlier areas and find all of them you missed, you don't have to start over.

Re: The List - It Begins [Re: flotsam] #1301657
07/06/23 09:11 PM
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Here's my list for what its worth

Beyond a Steel Sky
Crowns & Pawns
Encodya
Forgotton Anne
Ghost On The Shore
Jenny Le Clue
Luna: Shadowdust
Return to Monkey Island
State of Mind
The Excavation of Hob’s Barrow

Re: The List - It Begins [Re: flotsam] #1301660
07/06/23 11:38 PM
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Nice start thumbsup


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Re: The List - It Begins [Re: flotsam] #1301767
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Thanks for bringing The List back, flotsam.

Beyond a Steel Sky
Call of the Sea
Dreamfall Chapters
Encodya
Memoria
Slice of Sea
Syberia 4: The World Before
Truberbrook
Unforseen Incidents
Yoomurjak's Ring

It was difficult to leave off Carol Reed games, House of Da Vinci games and all the Room games, but with only 10 spots I thought most of those reading the results of The List already will know of those great games. Just my preference, but I see why they are included on many lists.


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Re: The List - It Begins [Re: flotsam] #1301777
07/08/23 08:20 AM
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The Country
Call of the Sea
Carol Reed: Amos Green's Final Repose
Excavation of Hob's Barrow
Kathy Rain
Little Nightmares
Pinstripe
Psychonauts
Strangelands
The Room 2
Unavowed


I know this #11 can't count but Gorogoa needs a shout out. smile



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Re: The List - It Begins [Re: flotsam] #1301819
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Beast Inside
Black Dahlia
Burnhouse Lane
Dark Fall: Ghost Vigil
Phantasmagoria
Phantasmagoria 2
Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened 2023
Shivers
Shivers 2
Someday You'll Return


RevCo
Re: The List - It Begins [Re: flotsam] #1301864
07/09/23 04:29 PM
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Can it really be true that there are no Monkey Island games in the HOF?

Monkey Island 1-3
Discworld 1
Simon the Sorcerer 1
Tales of Monkey Island
Return to Monkey Island
Syberia 4
Deponia Doomsday
Red Dead Redemption 2


Sea of Thieves: The Legend of Monkey Island is due out July 20th. smile

Last edited by Space Quest Fan; 07/09/23 05:59 PM.

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Re: The List - It Begins [Re: Space Quest Fan] #1301972
07/12/23 02:21 PM
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Well I, too, could list hundreds of older games that I would absolutely recommend - but after reading flotsam's preferences I stuck to much more recent releases.

And the majority of my more recent purchases I haven't yet played .... hence my paltry offering !! shocked

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Re: The List - It Begins [Re: flotsam] #1301980
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Here's my list.

The Eyes of Ara
The House of Da Vinci
The Room
The Room 2
The Room 3
The Room 4
Syberia 4 (The World Before)
Gorogoa
Drowned God

Most of you will REALLY question "Drowned God," but I still remember vividly how impressed I was at the time (1996). If it still has interest after nearly thirty years, I have to include it here. Thanks for the opportunity.


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Re: The List - It Begins [Re: flotsam] #1302004
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Flotsam, I have a question. It was brought to my attention that platform games are not considered Adventure games. If this is true can I revise my list ???


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Re: The List - It Begins [Re: flotsam] #1302005
07/13/23 07:31 AM
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I have played all the games I have listed. I enjoyed every one of them. They have very postive reviews or better except for one, Haven Moon. I do not agree with the negativity nor did I have any problems running it. Out of all those declared "Myst Like" games I felt this was the closest "Myst Like" I have ever played. Nice game if you have not tried it

Another Tomorrow - 2022

Haven Moon - 2016 - A nice review of the game and a good number of Screenshots - click on a certain area to enlarge that view

Inside Depth 6 - 2021

MYST VR - 2021 - Runs in both Standard and VR modes. I was able to play this in VR. It was an awesome experience, one I will never forget. Screenshots

Prominence - 2015 - One of the best Sci Fi's I have ever played. Take a look at that 2nd video - owner / developer explaining features and overall vision of Prominence before release

Quern - Undying Thoughts - 2016

SOMA - 2015

Syberia: The World Before - 2022

The Descendant - 2016

Titan Station - 2022


2018 HOF


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Re: The List - It Begins [Re: flotsam] #1302013
07/13/23 10:59 AM
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Call of the Sea
Haven Moon
Lost in Play
Luna The Shadow Dust
Return to Monkey Island
Syberia: The World Before
The Hand of Glory
The House of Da Vinci
The Last Campfire
Willy Morgan and the Curse of Bone Town

Re: The List - It Begins [Re: flotsam] #1302142
07/15/23 09:34 PM
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Winfrey, feel free to revise but I think a bit of actiony adventure is ok.
And I understand what you say about Drowned God TH; I loved the conspiracy-babble and the sometimes diabolical puzzle solving that accompanied it.


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Re: The List - It Begins [Re: flotsam] #1302143
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This was difficult. Games that FEEL like 5 years old often prove to be more than 10 years old when I check it. But here goes. The modern ones first:

Conway: Disappearance at Dahlia View
The Medium
Willy Morgan and the Curse of Bone Town
Telling Lies
Observer: System Redux
Face Noir
Blade Runner
Police Quest IV: Open Season
Kings Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella
The Dame Was Loaded

Re: The List - It Begins [Re: flotsam] #1302206
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I'm always lagging behind in my game playing, but all the games here I've played within the past 10 years. Like most of us, there are many others I could have added, but I settled on these because each one has something unique that makes it unforgettable to me, whether it's the laugh-out-loud humor, spooky atmosphere, different gameplay, memorable characters, lovely puzzles, great stories, or any combination of these characteristics that can make a game special.

Anyway, for this moment in time, these are my choices:

Callahan’s Crosstime Saloon (1997)
Detective Di: The Silk Rose Murders (2019)
Excavation of Hob’s Barrow, The (2022)
Eyes of Ara, The (2016)
Goetia (2016)
Gorogoa (Win: Dec. 2017, Mac: 2018)
Longing, The (2020)
Papetura (2021)
Paradigm (2017)
Shivers (1995)

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Re: The List - It Begins [Re: flotsam] #1302216
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Okay, I'll give this a try going off my lists of games I've played since 2018. I'm too cheap to buy most of the games until they're on a good sale so they are old already when I buy them and then I don't usually play them for a long time, so there are a lot of newer games that I just haven't played.

The 3 oldest games I played in Windows 7. I don't know if they work in Windows 10 or 11. The last game played quite well on my Windows 7 but is giving me some issues in Windows 10. It is still worth the effort!

Aura: Fate of the Ages
Call of the Sea
Carol Reed: The Game Maker
Cat and Ghostly Road
Lake Ridden
Nemezis: Mysterious Journey III
Paradise
Quern: Undying Thoughts
Secrets of Da Vinci: The Forbidden Manuscript
Syberia 3

Re: The List - It Begins [Re: flotsam] #1302254
07/17/23 09:57 AM
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Jack the Ripper
Overseer
Pandora Directive
Phantasmagoria
Shivers
Shivers Two: Harvest of Souls
Under A Killing Moon

Re: The List - It Begins [Re: oldbroad] #1302256
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Good Morning, Oldbroad; Just a quick "Thanks" for adding PARADISE to your list. I never have included it on mine because I thought I was the only other player that actually liked that game.

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