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Ben Jordan: Paranormal Investigator Case 4 - Horror at Number 50
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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 gameFor centuries, there have been tales of a vicious spiritual entity known only as "The Horror" at Number 50, Berkeley Square in London. The Horror has been dormant for years...that is, until now.
Ben Jordan is contacted by the current owner of Number 50, to investigate the reappearance of the Horror. He soons finds he's not alone, as four other paranormal investigators join him on the case.
In the past, the Horror has claimed several victims. Make sure you aren't the next one.
AGS Awards Wins
Won, Best Game Created with AGS 2005
Won, Best Dialogue Writing 2005
Won, Best Gameplay 2005
Won, Best Use of Sound 2005
AGS Awards Nominations
Nominated, Best Story 2005
Nominated, Best Player Character 2005
Nominated, Best Puzzles 2005
Nominated, Best Music 2005
Nominated, Best Documentation 2005
AGS Panel Review
"Ben Jordan's fourth case brings him to a house that is purportedly haunted -- and he intends to find out for sure. Lacks some of the energy of case 3 but is still an enjoyable (if short) continuation to the series."
37 people commented on this game (newest first):
Pros: Terrific sound, challenging puzzles, introduction and development of overall plot and characters.
Cons: Not much music, the doors puzzle is very annoying, phone is also irritating, a bit too random at moments.
I liked the more focused atmosphere achieved for this. It was brilliance to set it all in one house as it adds an aura of claustrophobia especially with you reach the intermittent doors puzzle.
The music for this one was unfortunately lacking but sfx was ok.
Dialling phone numbers in game drove me nuts.
People on here are saying in their comments that Ben Jordan 3 is the best. I'll try it next.
- logic puzzles, but a little too easy
- the art is nice, especially the faces of the characters
- the music is quite immersive
- the story is too linear
- the sound effects are not very good
- although the gfx is decent, the characters could have a little more detail
I really enjoyed it.
It wasn't to hard I only got stuck once and that was just dumb of myself.
But like I said great game!
Can't wait till BJ 5 is out
so Grundi get to it ;)
The main problem with Ben's fourth case is that there are far too few rooms to explore. The game attempts to achieve a specific atmosphere by restricting the areas there are to explore and basing the action more on the interaction between the several characters. (SPOILER: As the game progresses it becomes more and more clear that it is a pastiche of AGs classic 5 Days a Stranger but the opportunity for a truly witty parody of the game is wasted). SPOILER ENDS. Sadly, this makes the game seem less like an epic adventure and more like an inferior version of the game it is based on.
It's not all bad. The game is still entertaining if a little short and some of the new characters are fun. The new addition of a phone is a nice idea, although you have to dial the numbers very quickly otherwise it attempts to dial before you've completed the the number. Perhaps a 'DIAL' button could be added in future games so the player could confirm when he has finished writing the number.
Anyway, all in all Ben Jordan 4 was a worthy enough entry into the saga but dissapointing in comparison to the other three wonderful games.
can't wait for part 5...