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Ben Jordan: Paranormal Investigator Case 1 - In Search of the Skunk-Ape
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|Short Game||Can be completed within 30 minutes|
|Medium Length Game||Takes at least 30 mins to finish|
|Full Length Game||As long as a Sierra / LucasArts classic|
|Non-Adventure Game||Using Adventure Game Studio for something else?!|
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About this gameBen Jordan is fresh out of college and has decided to become a freelance paranormal investigator. Join him on his first case in the Florida Everglades, searching for a mysterious creature known as "The Skunk-Ape." The first in a series of many(?)
AGS Panel Review
"This first entry into the Ben Jordan series lacks some of the polish of the later entries (hence the deluxe version). It is also the shortest, but Grundislav's enthusiasm carries through to make the game enjoyable."
14 people commented on this game (newest first):
Again, I'd recommend it, if for no other reason than that it is part of a series that becomes positively awesome later on.
This game has something that reminds me of a Scooby-Doo Cartoon - at least the story could easily be found in one.
The music in this game is really good, but the backgrounds and sprites couldn't provide a scary or mysterious mood. The puzzles are very easy and there are to few items to interact with.
If you are happy with an interactive 20minute Cartoon- Rip-Off then this is a game for you - but IMHO it can not count as a serious adventure game.
Didn't like the backgrounds much though, but that's a question of personal taste. The puzzles were logic, sometimes a chunk too logic (one hint --> one solution).
The story was really captivating, for that short amount of time i've spent playing, I was really surprisend how athmospheric the game had gotten.
And there's definitely no campfire more cozy than the one from Monkey Island 2, or is there? :)
The highlight is the final puzzle. Some spelling errors (ie. Onforunetly etc). The art is ok though the backgrounds are perhaps too blur-ish.
To begin with, Ben Jordan is a great character to play. He is a brave but sensitive, wholly likable guy. This is the first of his adventures and it rocks. Although it is short, the story streches across a number of locations and after completing it the feeling is exactly like having just watched a new episode of your favourite 20 minute Saturday morning cartoon. The character's Ben meets are great, especially the naive hippy who is obsessed with everything to do with nature. SPOILER: Ranger Rick's transformation into a thieving crazy, dissillusioned with the job he feigns satisfaction with, was by far one of the most surprising and amusing twists I've stumbled across in an AGs game SPOILER END.
Aside from the great plot which makes the short game seem positively epic, the graphics in Ben Jordan are just magical. Little touches like the Pink Floyd poster on Ben's bedroom wall are great and scenes like... SPOILER: Ben and Ranger Rick sat talking round the campfire SPOILER END... are so evocative you are totally there with them.
The minute I finished Ben Jordan 1 I went straight to download the second one. Play this short classic and you too could become a dedicated Ben Jordan fan