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Ben Jordan: Paranormal Investigator Case 7 - The Cardinal Sins
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|Short game||Can be completed within 30 minutes|
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About this gameIt's Christmas Eve in Rome. What should be a joyful occasion becomes a senseless tragedy as a priest is murdered in cold blood. Back home in Philadelphia, Ben Jordan receives a phone call from the man accused of the crime, begging him to go to Rome and clear his name. Seeing this as a chance to prove his career choice to his disapproving family, Ben calls up his friends and starts another investigation. However, Ben doesn't realize that this will be the toughest case he's ever had, as many questions will be answered, and some lives will be lost...
AGS Awards Wins
Won, Best Dialogue Writing 2008
Won, Best Music 2008
Won, Best Sound Effects 2008
Won, Best Voice Work 2008
AGS Awards Nominations
Nominated, Best Game Created with AGS 2008
Nominated, Best Original Story 2008
Nominated, Best Gameplay 2008
Nominated, Best Puzzles 2008
Nominated, Best Background Art 2008
Nominated, Best Programming in an Adventure 2008
Nominated, Best Tutorial or Documentation 2008
AGS Panel Review
"This entry in the series includes a substantial improvement to the soundtrack, a racier theme (the murder of a priest), and some great plot twists. The only drawbacks to Case 7 are the relatively short play length and an ending that will leave you demanding more!"
15 people commented on this game (newest first):
If you are inconsiderate and want to do Ben Jordan Adventures out of order, I am sure he will not appreciate me saying this, but its just as bada** as doing it all proper as so. I loved it.
I did not mind the beginning's Looksee of two unrelated items to begin the adventure, Im a Walksee person, so I just Googled and found a no-spoilers walkthrough so I did not get in that irritated 'I hate life right now' state of mind against amazing games-games that may falter with 3% of the gameplay and it unintentionally ends up impacting the gamer 300% without a unspoilt walkthrough on getting through the game.
Cant wait to play the 3rd, then 1st, then the final game of the Ben Jordans. Good
However, saying truth, I found the near-final cutscene of murder rather gross.
Also, there were few moments that lack realism. For instance, when BJ is pretending to be a detective with italian name and when he plays plumber he keeps speaking english, which should look weird for people he is trying to fool.
And in general, game created more questions than answers. I am awaiting for continuation :)
Things have take a turn for the worse for Ben Jordan, as well as me, I mean--- well not to give anything away to those that haven't played it, I'll shut up now.
Wonderful voice acting, by the way! Tell me there will still be voice acting in the eighth installment. Many would say the game is short, I say that's because you don't waste time with the story. That is to say, you keep it flowing without a hitch.
The player never gets hung up in long drawn out conversations, and the plans of the bad guys don't go on long enough, for the hero of the story to overthrow them.
On top of that, the puzzles are linear to a point where it feels like an interactive movie, which is nice. It allowed me to go through the game at a nice pace, and learn the story without any strange illogical puzzles getting in the way.
Overall, this is the best series of adventure games on this site, keep it up for the last installment!
Some mild pixel hunting at the beginning as said by others was a little bit on the annoying side. I got stuck at the start
To have Poussin's painting and St Anthony slapping me in the face during this game made me want to switch it off, and load up Gabriel Knight 3 again.
Credit where due. The games are very nicely done with tidy art and production. I'm not sure whether they are meant to be a tongue in cheek homage to Jane Jenson's Gabriel Knight games...or are blatant plagiarism. I suspect something in between
At times it's uncomfortably difficult to guess which is the case.
Whichever reason it is that these games seem awfully familiar..to try and replicate something legendary and as immersing as an adventure game can be. You set yourself up against something very difficult to match, the bar is set incredibly high. Jane Jenson's games - well yes they are old now but will not be forgotten They are also replayed by people because they are classic games.
The whole idea of creating something yourself, is to put your imagination into it, not somebody else's.
In short the Ben Jordan series would be a whole lot better with an original plot and storyline ..to some extent puzzles had not already been done- much better by somebody else long long ago.
If you have played this game and have not played Gabriel Knight, do so. You'll probably enjoy it
If you have a little time to kill these games will give you some amusement- and are nicely done when you bear in mind they're made by an indie developer. It's an amazing effort and result!
Plenty of other people around here develop games whcih drip with originality..sadly this is not one of them.
Ben Jordan...you are not the Shattenjaeger...sorry
Can't wait for the final chaper!!
You have to have the commentary on though to get it...
Pros: Great graphics, developed characters, well done music, loads of great plot and suspense, nice voice acting addition, added bonus of dev. commentary.
Cons: Short to some people.