The GWJ Adventure Game Club - Main Thread

Pink Stripes wrote:

Get well, Eleima! It sounds like you still plan on setting up the survey and all that but please shout if you could use a hand. I'm sure Neutrino can help. (jk, I'm happy to help if needed)

Eleima, if you are planning to run the AGC for next month, let me know if I can help with anything. (thanks for the prompt Pink Stripes )

An idea if it's too difficult to do - for next month, we could all vote on a previously played club game to revisit. Voting could be done by posting votes here in the thread. Or, just pause for a month.

Wishing you a speedy recovery as well, Eleima!

Eleima wrote:

Also, a quick heads up. I've still recovering from eye surgery and as such, gaming is off the table for the foreseeable future. As such, I will not be making a pick in the next vote. I do hope to be able to catch up further the down the road, because I was really looking forward to Forgotton Anne and Heaven's Vault.

Get well soon!

Eleima I really hope your recovery goes well.

Thank you for the well wishes and offers of help, folks, I really appreciate it. Also, I swear, Merphle, I didn't do that on purpose. Things are pretty much on track for next month, I've already done the randomization, and it's not hard to keep the trains running on time in the meantime. I just didn't feel right picking a game I can't fully commit to at the time. I just need to be patient, Thing should get back to normal. Eventually. Fingers crossed.

It's almost the end of July, time sure flies! So let's keep up the pace and vote for our 34th game. The poll will be up until July 28th. Right this way, and descriptions below, as always, using How Long To Beat for playtime guesstimates.

  • King's Quest 6: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow (1992, HLTB 8) - The sixth installment of the famous King's Quest series, this critically acclaimed game was one of the first Jane Jensen worked on. It was one of the first games in the genre to offer multiple endings. Featuring characters from various fairytales, KQ6 puts an interesting spin on those threads as Prince Alexander seeks to rescue his love, Princess Cassima.
  • Solstice (2016, HLTB 6) - Set in a gorgeous, vibrant city in the middle of a frozen wasteland, you play as two characters investigating a major catastrophe that has befallen the city. It's a beautiful game, in every single way.
  • Contradiction - Spot the Liar! (2015, HLTB 7) - This is one of the few FMV games on our list, and it follows the investigation of Detective Inspector Frederick Jenks into the apparent suicide of Kate Vine in the small village of Edenton.
  • Detective Grimoire (2014, HLTB 3) - A murder mystery point and click. A mysterious creature is the prime suspect in a murder investigation in a swamp. It's up to you to determine who the true culprit is!
  • Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders (1988, HLTB 5) - This classic 1988 adventure game is the second game to use Lucasfilms' SCUMM engine. It's 1997 and aliens are invading, using a strange device to reduce intelligence of all people on Earth. Except Zak. And it's up to him to save the world!
  • The Sexy Brutale (2017, HLTB 8) - An adventure puzzle game, The Sexy Brutale tasks you with explorinfg a mansion, while stuck in a time loop, as the inhabitants are killed off one by one.
  • Anna's Quest (2015, HLTB 10) - Developed by Krams Design and published by Daedalic, this adventure game follows titular character Anna as she makes her escape from an evil witch and saves her dying, bedridden grandfather. The colorful world is populated with trolls, wizards, sorceresses, ghosts, ghosts and teddy bears!
  • The Procession to Calvary (2020, HLTB 3)- Pilfer from pirates, conspire with cardinals and perform miracles with an incompetent magician. The Procession to Calvary is a Pythonesque adventure game made from Renaissance paintings, and a spiritual successor to the critically acclaimed Four Last Things.
  • 1979 Revolution: Black Friday (2016, HLTB 4) - Attempt to survive as you play as Reza Shirazi, aspiring photojournalist, returning to Iran in the thick of the Iranian Revolution.
  • Firewatch (2016, HLTB 5) - Firewatch is a single-player first-person mystery set in the Wyoming wilderness, where your only emotional lifeline is the person on the other end of a handheld radio.

Apologies, The Procession to Calvary's description is directly lifted from the Steam page, but it's all I've got in me right now. Survey is right over here, be sure to vote!!

We've still got a little time left, 14 votes are in and... get this! no tie!!!

Right, here we are, a tad early, but I hardly ever see votes come in this late in the game. The game for August shall be...

The Sexy Brutale!!

With 16 participants casting 40 votes, things were a little slower this month, I'm going to go ahead and blame the summer break? Folks voted for 2.5 games on average, a slight decrease compared to last month (2.6).

The Sexy Brutale placed first with 7 votes (43.8%).
In second place, we had three games again: King's Quest 6, Detective Grimoire, The Procession to Calvary, with 5 votes each (31.3%).
In third place, three more games: Contradiction- Spot the Liar!, Zak McKracken, and Anna's Quest with 4 votes each (25.0%).
Firewatch garnished 3 votes (18.8%).
Two games are going on probation: Solstice (2 votes, 12.5%) and 1979 Revolution: Black Friday (1 vote, 6.3%).

You'll find the thread for The Sexy Brutale over this way.

Woot! So down to play this!

It's almost the end of August, time sure flies! So let's keep up the pace and vote for our 35th game. The poll will be up until August 28th. Right this way, and descriptions below, as always, using How Long To Beat for playtime guesstimates.

  • Lamplight City (2018, HLTB 13) - In classic "cop turned PI" fashion, players must solve a series of cases in an alternate, steampunk version of 19th century America. The end goal is to uncover what truly happened to your former, now deceased partner.
  • Firewatch (2016, HLTB 5) - Firewatch is a single-player first-person mystery set in the Wyoming wilderness, where your only emotional lifeline is the person on the other end of a handheld radio.
  • Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders (1988, HLTB 5) - This classic 1988 adventure game is the second game to use Lucasfilms' SCUMM engine. It's 1997 and aliens are invading, using a strange device to reduce intelligence of all people on Earth. Except Zak. And it's up to him to save the world!
  • Life Is Strange (2015, HLTB 14) - A young girl learns how to manipulate time and investigates bizarre disappearances.
  • Morningstar: Descent Deadrock (2015, HLTB 6) - In this chillingly alien and atmospheric sci-fi first person point-and-click adventure from Red Herring Labs and Phoenix Online Publishing, you have crash-landed on a desolate planet. What should've been a routine mission has now turned into a deadly attempt to save the merchant vessel Morningstar and her crew.
  • Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure (2014, HLTB 12) - The sixth game in the Tex Murphy series, it follows detective Tex Murphy as he awakens seven years after the ending of the previous game. With no memory of what happened, his love interest missing and presumed dead, Tex must find out what happened. Expect FMV sequences!!
  • A Case of Distrust (2018, HLTB 3) - Set in 1924 San Francisco, A Case of Distrust tells the tale of Phyllis Cadence Malone, private investigator, as she interrogates suspects, explores underground speakeasies, smoke-filled billiard halls, classic barber shops.
  • 1979 Revolution: Black Friday (2016, HLTB 4) - Attempt to survive as you play as Reza Shirazi, aspiring photojournalist, returning to Iran in the thick of the Iranian Revolution.
  • VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action (2016, HLTB 11) - In a dystopian world where all human life is infected with nanomachines designed to oppress them, you are a bartender in a small bar downtown. Be sure to treat your customers to the finest and you'll witness the most intriguing stories.
  • Night of the Rabbit (2013, HLTB 12) - A point-and-click adventure video game developed and published by Daedalic Entertainment (excellent track record!), this game invites you to join young Jerry and follow a peculiar white rabbit to the wondrous realm of Mousewood, a land where critters can speak and where mystery abounds.

Survey is right over here, be sure to vote!!

Voted

Thank you! In fact, a number already have (I'm impressed by your diligence!) and .... drum roll... there is no tie. Yet.

My vote's in, surely there's a tie now?

Neutrino wrote:

My vote's in, surely there's a tie now? ;)

..... There is.

Apologies, I might to do this earlier today, but got held up with kids and all. So without further ado, the game for September shall be...

VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action!!

With only 12 participants casting 48 votes nevertheless, folks voted for 4 games on average, a major uptick compared to last month (2.5).

VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action placed first with 8 votes (66.7%).
Night of the Rabbit narrowly placed second with 7 votes (58.33%), tying several times with VA-11 Hall-A.
In third place, three games share the bronze with 6 votes each (50.0%): Zak McKracken, Life Is Strange and A Case of Distrust.
In fourth place, we have both Tesla Effect and Firewatch (4 votes, 33.3%).
Morningstar: Descent Dreadlock garnished 3 votes (25.0%)
Two games are going on probation: Lamplight City and 1979 Revolution: Black Friday (2 votes each, 16.7%).

You'll find the thread for VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action over this way.

GDI, I not only missed the poll, I'd have absolutely voted for 1979 Revolution and maybe saved it from probation?

SpacePProtean wrote:

GDI, I not only missed the poll, I'd have absolutely voted for 1979 Revolution and maybe saved it from probation?

Same and same for me.

Same and same and same for me.

RawkGWJ wrote:
SpacePProtean wrote:

GDI, I not only missed the poll, I'd have absolutely voted for 1979 Revolution and maybe saved it from probation?

Same and same for me.

Same and same and same for me.

Eleima wrote:

VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action!!

But this would have been my tother pick. I'll be seeing if it's on sale somewhere for PS4 or even Vita.

Bubblefuzz wrote:
Eleima wrote:

VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action!!

But this would have been my tother pick. I'll be seeing if it's on sale somewhere for PS4 or even Vita.

I just saw that it’s on Game Pass for pc. Downloading now!!

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It’s like 0.6 GB

Downloaded and ready to go for some VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action!!

As rawkGWJ mentioned it's currently available on Game Pass for PC. It's also on sale over at Humble for 33% off (more if you are a subscriber)

RawkGWJ wrote:

I just saw that it’s on Game Pass for pc. Downloading now!!

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It’s like 0.6 GB

Good catch! I forgot it was on GamePass.

RawkGWJ wrote:

I just saw that it’s on Game Pass for pc. Downloading now!!

Yay! I thought I had access to it somehow, but that saved me from digging around launchers and unclaimed keys only to find that it's not in any of those places. I'm not sure why I don't just reflexively check Game Pass first at this point.

Bubblefuzz wrote:

Same and same and same for me.

RawkGWJ wrote:
SpacePProtean wrote:

GDI, I not only missed the poll, I'd have absolutely voted for 1979 Revolution and maybe saved it from probation?

Same and same for me.

Same and same and same for me.

Well it hasn't been removed from the list, so there's still hope. What's a better method for me to alert you all that there's a poll? Do we need an adventure games club section on Discord? On Slack? Should I post on my Twitter (which I sometimes do, but I often forget, I'll admit)? Via email?
Let me know what would work best for you all, I'm open to suggestions!

Would it be too much to ask you to skywrite it over my house?

You’re doing great, Eleima. I think it’s on us for ignoring the thread.

Yeah, I just somehow missed it popping up, I can only blame myself.

Skywriting doesn't seem very green, so that's not an option. I'll try and post about it on my twitter more if that helps.

Its all good Eleima, my fault. I just hadn't been on the forum much and missed it.

Wake me up when September ends, isn't that how the song goes? Well, that's what all should've done, because I didn't see it coming, and so I'm now somewhat late with this poll for our 36th game! The poll will be up until September 29th as a result. Right this way, and descriptions below, as always, using How Long To Beat for playtime guesstimates.

  • In Other Waters (2020, HLTB 7) - Ellery Vas, a xenobiologist employed by an interplanetary mining corporation, arrives on an alien planet. Players control an artificial intelligence Ellery depends on to monitor her life support, collect and analyze samples, and manage the goals she sets for the mission. Players can not directly interact with the world itself but receive feedback from Ellery based on her observations.
  • Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders (1988, HLTB 5) - This classic 1988 adventure game is the second game to use Lucasfilms' SCUMM engine. It's 1997 and aliens are invading, using a strange device to reduce intelligence of all people on Earth. Except Zak. And it's up to him to save the world!
  • Morningstar: Descent Deadrock (2015, HLTB 6) - In this chillingly alien and atmospheric sci-fi first person point-and-click adventure from Red Herring Labs and Phoenix Online Publishing, you have crash-landed on a desolate planet. What should've been a routine mission has now turned into a deadly attempt to save the merchant vessel Morningstar and her crew.
  • Dreamfall: The Longest Journey (2006, HLTB 14) - The sequel to Longest Journey focuses on Zoe, a young woman returning to her home in Casablanca after dropping out of college in Cape Town. Her life feels rudderless until her old flame Reza disappears. As she investigates, she learns about the worlds of Stark and Arcadia, and those that would bring the worlds into chaos.
  • Beneath a Steel Sky (1994, HLTB 7) - This Blade Runner-inspired science fiction point-and-click is awash in cyperpunk influences, with more than 100 rich environments designed by celebrated comic artist David Gibbons. In this dystopian future, you assume the role of Robert Foster, stranded as a child in a wasteland known as "the Gap". Adopted by a group of local Aboriginals, he gradually adjusting to his life in the wilderness. Years later, armed security officers arrive, killing the locals and taking Robert back to Union City. He escapes and soon uncovers the corruption which lies at the heart of society.
  • King's Quest 6: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow (1992, HLTB 8) - The sixth installment of the famous King's Quest series, this critically acclaimed game was one of the first Jane Jensen worked on. It was one of the first games in the genre to offer multiple endings. Featuring characters from various fairytales, KQ6 puts an interesting spin on those threads as Prince Alexander seeks to rescue his love, Princess Cassima.
  • The Darkside Detective (2017, HLTB 4) - Detective Francis McQueen and his trusty, um well maybe not, ahem, his sidekick Officer Dooley must investigate the strange reports plaguing Twin Lakes City. A pixel art adventure game exploring the silliest sides of horror. Expect puns. Many puns. And some fourth wall breaking.
  • Gray Matter (2010, HLTB 12) - Brilliant Jane Jensen wrote this game which takes place in Oxford and, to a lesser extent, in London. It follows the story of Samantha Everett, a street performer and magician, and Professor David Styles, an acclaimed and mysterious neurobiologist. Highly recommended by yours truly.
  • Machinarium (2009, HLTB 6) - A puzzle point and click by Amanita Design. While it may be a bit complex, it makes up for in charm. The soundtrack is drop dead gorgeous, the hand-drawn art is absolutely amazing.
  • Memoria (2103, HLTB 9) - Two stories, two main characters, one epic experience: in Memoria, players travel through different time periods, while following two distinct protagonists: Sadja, a southern princess who wants to be a war hero, and Geron, a bird catcher who wants to lift the curse which plagues his fairy girlfriend.

Survey is right over here, be sure to vote!!

Nine votes and of course there's a tie. Don't forget to vote, folks.

Bubblefuzz wrote:

Same and same and same for me.

RawkGWJ wrote:
SpacePProtean wrote:

GDI, I not only missed the poll, I'd have absolutely voted for 1979 Revolution and maybe saved it from probation?

Same and same for me.

Same and same and same for me.

I'm looking at you, SpaceP and Bubble.