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    Point and click adventure games

    I've been thinking about doing a thread on this for awhile which I was kind of iffy about doing this because these games are more than likely before anyone's time here so a good chunk of you folks probably never played them. After giving some thought, I figured "What the hell" and do the thread anyway just to give you folks a peak into a genre of games that isn't really around anymore. Along with FPS and beat 'em ups, this was a genre that I grew up with. I have to give my 2nd older brother credit for this. He was into obscure PC games at the time so he was into stuff like Out of This World, Syndicate, Return to Zork, the Ultima series and the like. Then there was another series he was into...Kings Quest. There was a number of them and I was really young at the time so I don't remember which entry it was but that kickstarted a tradition where me and my older brothers would play these types of games while chatting and joking around about the events of the game.

    So point and click adventure games are...well, the title should give away what it is but to go into detail, they were at their heart puzzle games. You had to guide your character in the environment and solve puzzles to advance the plot. They were very heavy on story and some of them even have you choose your dialogue that could affect the outcome of a conversation. For the sake of brevity, I'm only going to focus on a handful of games since if I went into everyone I played, we'd be here all day and you'd probably be bored to tears. So let's get cracking.

    First up is a game called Dark Seed. This game was actually my first introduction to the works of H.R. Giger, long before I found out about the Alien franchise. My 2nd older brother was a huge fan of his work. He had art books from the guy, calendars dedicated to his painting so him being into this game was a given. Oddly enough, the art didn't really disturb me that much but I recall my brother trying to shoo me away because he felt that the intro scene would be too much for me. Can't blame him since the game starts off with...well...



    Yeah, it's kind of messed up. What made this game unique was you were on a timer and, if you didn't accomplish the main objective on time, then your character, along with the rest of humanity, dies. I recall the game's acting kind of being meh, even if some of the delivery was oddly amusing (I still have "Sorry Mr. Dawson, but you're gonna have to pay for that" memorized to this very day) but the game oozed atmosphere and the artwork was absolutely wonderful.

    The next two games I wanted to bring up are from Lucasarts. These guys were the kings of point and click in the 90s and the ones I've been exposed to the most. I wanted to bring up Sam and Max Hit the Road since I adored this game back in the day and is one of my favorite point and click games. It was based on an indie comic but this game is usually what people remember these characters from. I recall that Max, the crazy rabbit from that game, sort of became an ongoing gag at Lucasarts as he made cameos in a number of games including some of the Star Wars games that were released at the time. What made this one fun for me was there were a bunch of mini-games that you could screw around with like playing a battleship type game, messing with paper dolls and some carnie games at one point. That, and the game was also extremely funny.



    Last one I wanted to mention was Full Throttle. This one played it more straight but I liked that it had other stuff to it that made it stood out. There were motorcycle fights where you got into combat with other biker gang member and you could kick the crap out of them with 2X4s, chainsaws, or just your barefist. It wasn't exactly road rash but it was a fun way to break up the point and click stuff. The games rock soundtrack is awesome, and the voice acting was mint. It also gave us Ben, one of the unsung chads of gaming.



    That's all for now. I hope you enjoyed my recollections about these games and perhaps maybe even inspire you to check them out. I know Full Throttle got a remaster on Steam a few years ago so I would whole-heartedly recommend checking that out.

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    You're not that much older than me! Of course I've played some point-and-click. I wish I'd played more than I did at an earlier age, but that's because I rarely got the chance. You didn't see these games on console very often, but I did end up playing some on my first Windows 98 PC. I can remember Monkey Island pretty well, but it's been such a long time. I recall getting a remastered version on the Xbox 360 around a decade ago but didn't like the updated graphics nearly as much.

    I've played some Leisure Suit Larry. There are modern point-and-clicks as well. I completed most of Deponia. It was great and I hear the sequels are also decent.

    My experience with point-and-click is quite minimal though. I'd love to play a lot of point-and-clicks if I find the chance.

    I recall being fascinated by pictures of Myst when I was a little boy.

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    Yes, in a bygone era this actually looked quite amazing to many people despite the game having little animation

    Alas, it's a PC game, so marvelling at magazines was where my interest ended. The games that you mentioned look cool. (I know of Sam and Max.) Lol'd at the Dark Seed intro. Yeah, looks like nightmare fuel for a young kid.

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    I LOVED Day of the Tentacle when I was younger. It was such a great game. I sucked ass at it, though, so I always got caught by the chef lol.
    And I remember my Uncle had Myst, and I'd play with my older brother whenever we visited. Never got far in Myst either, but the graphics were stunning, especially for the time.


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