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most frustrating game #233422
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I'm sure this topic has been discussed at length....but does anyone have a most frustrating game??? I just played a game that while in ways it was very good; I found it horribly frustrating and nearly unfinishable even with the use of three walkthroughs....I'm not going to mention what game it is just yet......I just want to see what others list first.......but i found it frustrating because of lengthy conversations; timed sequences; too much mechanical fiddling; and did i mention timed sequences.......

i don't know.......maybe it's just me....i'm not the brightest bulb in the set, you know?


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Re: most frustrating game [Re: Liz] #233431
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I've played a lot of frustrating games but the first one that comes to mind is Still Life. Maybe not so much timed sequences since I can't remember if there were any in that game or not but trying to get past the beams with the robot was nearly impossible. No matter how much I tried, I couldn't do it even after having my son (the expert gamer) try it. So I gave up on that one

Another one was Broken Sword 3 (I believe) where you had to do all the sneaking around. I had a tough time with that too.

Now you got me curious as to what game you are referring to! Is it a recent release game?

Re: most frustrating game [Re: Liz] #233434
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I don't know if it would be top of my list but Dead Reefs comes to very near to the top and also some of the Nancy Drews - all for the same reason - the timed puzzles. The Curse of Blackmoor Manor was a case in point - enjoyed it apart from that revolving room and never finished it because of the timed bit at the end. hardwall

Having said that I did get a giggle because the family name- Penyellyn- is very Cornish, and Cornwall is many, many miles from Essex where we were told it was set - we have wonderful moors in the West and North of England but I don't we have a moor in Essex. oops :UK:


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Re: most frustrating game [Re: old lady] #233437
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Legend of Kyrandia.
Ugh.


There's definitely definitely definitely no logic to human behaviour.
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Okay...here's a clue to the game I'm referring to.....it's an old game and it doesn't take place on Earth.....

I haven't played Still Life so don't know how that is....but did take a look at Dead Reefs and did nothing but run the guy into walls......

Blackmoor Manor i've played....but don't remember having too much trouble with the revolving room....must have had a good walkthrough or gotten lucky!! haha

haven't played Legend of Kyrandia.....why did you find it frustrating, Tomer??


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I always thought that MYST IV, with its vile crystal chair and those miserable monkies, was the most frustrating game I ever played. mad

grin I'd also like to note that I always love this topic becauses there's always a game others had trouble with but I went through easily. For example, the first time I played STILL LIFE I went through the lazer puzzle without any problem. I never died; not even once. Until a year later when I tried it again I never understood what all the fuss was about!

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Re: most frustrating game [Re: The Haze] #233455
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Still Life I never got passed the laser robot so never finished.

The revoving room was only solved with the w/th.

Are you refering to Starship Titanic where you had to type in answer? Never finished that one but loved the art deco grin

How to stop hitting walls in Dead Reefs? Press the shift button and he went to walk - no it did not tell you that in the readme mad


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Re: most frustrating game [Re: old lady] #233531
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Lately I just stopped having fun in Nancy Drew land. My 'disgruntle-ment' finally came to a head --mid-game-- during White Wolf... and I didn't even bother buying Crystal Skull. Hated the mindless stuff... the timed seq's, fast mouse clicking, racing... things that a walkthrough cannot help you with.

Years ago, I had game-glitch troubles with Journeyman Project: Buried in Time and Lighthouse. Even though I thoroughly enjoyed both of them, I just gave up. If there was any tweaking to be done, I was too chicken to even try. Plus, I didn't know about GameBoomers. Now, Lotus Spring --which I thought would be a nice, relaxing game-- turned out to be a stinker. Can't remember what kind of glitch, but the game just didn't play right. It wasn't very much fun to start with, so not much of a loss.


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Re: most frustrating game [Re: Carrie] #233541
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There are a lot of things that can make a game frustrating.
One of the worst is if it has a clumsy, fussy interface that requires 6 clicks to do some simple thing -- or an interface that is simply difficult to control, where you're overshooting your mark all the time.

And then there are those dexterity challenges that are impossible to get through (Wanted/Westerner shooting gallery) -- at least on some computers. So you have to get a saved game from somewhere. And then the person who made the save did things in a different order from you so you have to repeat some things while you miss other things... And then there are those busywork things that you have to do (carrots in Wanted/Westerner, chores in Nancy Drew). What a nuisance! Life's too short to be bothering with that @%^$!

Re: most frustrating game [Re: Jenny100] #233548
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I too gave up on the White Wolf. It was the first Nancy Drew I didn't even care to finish. My husband bought me the next one but it is still sitting here unopened. As far as frustration level goes, I hated 80 Days. I could barely get started with it.

Re: most frustrating game [Re: Jenny100] #233558
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Jenny, I completely agree with you! Some game makers don't understand what an adventure game should be. Please, don't lure us in to world of FPS's.


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Re: most frustrating game [Re: Jenna] #233563
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Originally Posted By: Jenna
I too gave up on the White Wolf. It was the first Nancy Drew I didn't even care to finish. My husband bought me the next one but it is still sitting here unopened.

If it's any inspiration, the people who've played it seem to think it's better than White Wolf in a lot of ways.

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As far as frustration level goes, I hated 80 Days. I could barely get started with it.

Heh! I started that. Couldn't get past the stealth part without giving up and paying the guy. That kind of put me off of continuing the game. When you can't get past something on your own near the very start of a game, it feels like you lost before you even started. I played a little beyond that but didn't get anywhere. Flew around the place on the flying carpet for a while, couldn't figure out where anything was, and gave up. I might have put more effort into it if I hadn't felt like I'd already lost.

Re: most frustrating game [Re: Jenny100] #233572
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I gave up on White Wolf also 15 min. into it :/Read a lot of reviews about Crystal Skull,went and bought it and enjoyed it very much :)Danger by Design was another one that had me so frustrated I gave it up wave


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Re: most frustrating game [Re: cailyn] #233580
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Hi Jenny -- if you play 80 Days on "tourist" mode, it doesn't matter that you have to pay off the bad guys. You just go out exploring afterwards and pick up more money wherever you find it lying on the ground. (Easier to do if you're walking than if you're flying on the carpet.)

Lighthouse was probably the most frustrating adventure I've played. Multi-step puzzles, and I kept missing one step or one item. And that maze thing with the pipes and that tiny viewing window. (Shudders.)

Still, I know people loved the game as much as I loved 80 Days. lol


Re: most frustrating game [Re: cailyn] #233582
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Aaaah- I was trying to remember the name of danger by design ! That was awful - I hated the ridiculous tea-making right at the beginning , and the stupid screaming boss !!! What were they thinking ? You can stay at work and get paid to hear screaming - I put in a game to get away from that ! Ripped it right out , and haven't been back to Nancy yet !
Also,maybe it's just me,but playing Tunguska and bored silly with it - must be my train of thought,but I don't like just walking around and playing with inventory - these don't seem like puzzles,but problems. And again, I do that all day long.


Re: most frustrating game [Re: Jenna] #233593
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Liz, Ohhh I think I know what game you are referring to but for the life of me I can't think of the name!

Re: most frustrating game [Re: red1970] #233612
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When i first played gabriel knight 3 i thought that was very frustrating at the start. The interface was very different with the camera and moving controls if i remember right. Also some of the puzzles were incredibly hard for the average person. Like all the computer map stuff i think was difficult to understang.

Enjoyed it very much tho in the end.

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Your avatar just reminded me of one of the most frustrating games I've ever played, Skeeter. razz The keyboard controls in Grim Fandango drove me nutso. I was expecting a peaceful point and click, but lo, I got not what I expected. I liked the humour of the game, but the puzzles were fiendish. Even now just the thought of that conveyor belt gives me the cold shudders.. and those door tumblers... and the evil inventory system.. and.. and.. pacify


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Red.....and all others.......the game I just finished was The Ward........ohmy!! I had such a time of it! Those long conversations and having to run around and talk to everyone; and the sliders and the timed puzzles and the memorizer thing that I could never get to work right and then you had to do it in a certain time limit....and then run around and catch the elevator and........and then switch identities....it just kept getting worse and worse........

I am usually the person who says I've never met a game I haven't liked ...but I don't think I'll EVER be playing that one again.....I was stressed out totally by that game!! whew.....where are my chill pills???

anyone else have as much fun with it as I did???



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Originally Posted By: Becky
Hi Jenny -- if you play 80 Days on "tourist" mode, it doesn't matter that you have to pay off the bad guys.

I was in tourist mode. It doesn't keep you from having stealth challenges and failing at them. So it's still discouraging. You fail the challenge the game presents you with, right off the bat, almost at the beginning of the game. Do you even feel like trying anymore? I sure didn't.

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My biggest frustration was Penumbra Overture. I just wanted to explore, not constantly kill dogs. Uggghhh! I know it was a borderline adventure/rpg, so I kind of had reservations going in. But the lure of the good story wasn't enough to keep me going. I gave up after several hours of doing the same thing over again and again again.


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I hear ya, Tinagoss, it just takes all the fun out of it.....


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Re: most frustrating game [Re: Liz] #233669
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Jenny100, I felt that way at first in 80 Days, but then did go ahead and play it and had a lot of fun after I stopped running poor Oliver into walls.

Tinagoss, I'm glad I skipped Penumbra--no way I'm killing dogs--I even hate killing wolves cos they look too much like dogs wave


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Re: most frustrating game [Re: looney4labs] #233696
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Originally Posted By: looney4labs
Jenny100, I felt that way at first in 80 Days, but then did go ahead and play it and had a lot of fun after I stopped running poor Oliver into walls.

Problem is, I now have no inclination to ever go back to it. Haven't you ever had a game that just turned you off so much at the beginning that you were too fed up ever to go back to it? Maybe that's a subject for another thread.

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Hi Liz,
Frustration is the name of the game I'm playing right now! It's a new game and I've been reading raves about it, and I looked forward to playing it for a long time before it finally was released, but I'm hopelessly, totally lost playing it. I had to go to 2 walkthroughs to be able to do the first real puzzle that is needed right at the beginning before you can even get to the inventory and other parts of the game. Even so I had a hard time finding the right pixel, but that could be due to my poor eyesight, but that doesn't stop it from being frustrating. It is beginning to look like I will only be able to play this game by using the walkthroughs for everything but I don't feel like I'm cheating because even WITH that help I'm having a rough time. I am however intrigued by the storyline and I like the character I'm playing so I think I will stay with it in spite of it all. I think just maybe the challenge of trying to follow the walkthroughs is adding I'm not sure what. Possibly the same kind of challenge that Alkis (Diamonds In the Rough) gets without a walkthrough!


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