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Jessica Plunkenstein and the Düsseldorf Conspiracy
by Greg Edwards
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|Short game||Can be completed within 30 minutes|
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|Full length game||As long as a Sierra / LucasArts classic|
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About this gameIt's been a peculiar day for Jessica Plunkenstein. By a freak twist of fate and airline security, our heroine finds herself battling evil barons bent on world domination, evil headmistresses bent on pathological propriety, and evil yodelers bent on nothing in particular. Full of llamas, ninjas, French people, pickled herring, dubious German accents, yetis in heat, and musical theatre up the wazoo, Jessica's adventures bring her from the Amazonian Rain Forests to the Norwegian Alps with layovers along the Eastern seaboard. So tag along, and you, too, can unravel The Düsseldorf Conspiracy in what the New York Times calls the Best Adventure Game of 2005!
* Zany intercontinental escapades with absolutely no mammoths or talking robots
* Eight hours of addicting gameplay, divided over four parts and fifty unique locations
* Full score and professional voice acting
* Writing that would put James Joyce, Jane Austen, and Anton Chekov to shame
* Art that would put them to suicide
AGS Awards Nominations
Nominated, Best Dialogue Writing 2005
Nominated, Best Player Character 2005
12 people commented on this game (newest first):
I'm proud to say that I completed the game without resorting to any hints. This was quite difficult as the puzzles get frustrating at points, but when I finally figued them out I never felt they had been unfair or illogical, and was always glad I had perservered rather than take the easy way out.
So: An awesome AGS game with some of the best voice acting ever, great puzzles, and a wonderful fun feel delivered by a bunch of Uni students who were obviously close and having just a blast both making the game and sharing each others' company.
GET IT OR REGRET IT!!!
The puzzles were all really clever and not too bizarre, so I was able to finish with only a little help from a walkthrough. I probably could've finished it without a walkthrough, but I guess I'm just impatient.
But that last puzzle sucked. =P
The voice-acting was very, very well done, and really breathed life into the game. It was well worth the large download.
The graphics weren't great, and their inconsistency jarred me quite a bit, what with the RotN stuff, the clipart, and your own drawings. Also, the lack of description for a lot of actions was rather irritating and terribly unprofessional. unhandled_event, please!
However, in light of the game's good points, those flaws, which would be glaring and game-destroying in a lesser work, are actually pretty negligible. It was an amazing game nonetheless.
Another thing that I think really made this was the voice acting. It wouldn't have been half as entertaining without the silly accents, and the singing cats at the end were just hilarious.
Overall, 'Jessica Plunkenstein' is a brilliant game, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a laugh!
Jessica Plunkenstein comes with the best voice pack I have ever heard. Jessica herself is a wonderful lead character, sweet and intelligent, traits that are brought out by her voice. There's also a large cast of supporting voices which are generally excellent. The puzzles get harder as the game proceeds but they can all be figured out with enough logical thinking. The look of the game, despite being primitive, is attractive and some scenes are very impressive indeed. The script takes every opportunity to apologise for its graphics but there's really no need. It's simplicity at its most bright and attractive.
The best thing about Jessica Plunkenstein, however, is the script. Its brilliantly written stuff, clever and hilarious, and the performances of the dialogue are spot on. The closing credits are a nice touch, with some audio outtakes and a picture gallery of all those involved.
Jessica Plunkenstein is definitely a game you should play right away. It kept me laughing (often out loud) and guessing all the way through.