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Ben Jordan: Paranormal Investigator Case 1 Deluxe
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Graphics: 320x200, 16-bit color
|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 gameCall it a remake, call it a director's cut, or call it a deluxe version. The point is, this is what Case 1 should have been. Features: Revamped graphics Extended storyline Full Voice Acting
AGS Awards Wins
Won, Best Use of Sound 2006
AGS Panel Review
"The deluxe version 'slightly' extends the original game's storyline and adds revamped backgrounds and voices to the mix, though the quality of the performances is a mixed bag. Overall, Ben Jordan Case 1 and its successors are not to be missed."
21 people commented on this game (newest first):
But now I've played this deluxe version of Case 1 and it was a blast. I'd describe Ben Jordan as an unique mix of Monkey Island and Gabriel Knight (with an emphasis on GK). I particularly enjoyed the atmosphere of the park (great use of sound indeed), the witty writing, the interactivity, the puzzles, the excellent music, and all those ranger type characters (including The Narrator).
The only distracting (or even plain disturbing) element was Ben Jordan's classic "outfit". I do understand it's already an essential part of the character though.
-Before, it was few things, but now, everything is good about it!
- I got nothing.
Pros: Great Adventure graphics, nice touch of sound, developed characters, challenging puzzles, humor.
Cons: Ending should have extended a bit longer, the game could have been longer and some happenings were not explained well enough, did not make a lot of sense.
I also found the scoring system unnecessary. Scoring in adventure games is more interesting if there are side puzzles and quests to complete for a perfect score. A perfect score in this game happens when you complete it, and that's a bit unfortunate.
Still, a good game, and I'd recommend it, if for no other reason than because the series as a whole flows together well. The puzzles were well-thought out and believable, and the graphics were what one would expect from an adventure game, which is to say, good without trying to be photorealistic. The voice acting was terrible, however. There were times where you could actually hear the actor adjusting his microphone, and the voices didn't really match the characters.
Voice acting is rare in AGS games and this attempt was good.
Anyway, a surprisingly ambitious project that,s definitely worth playing.
However I must confess to shutting off the voices after a few minutes, they just didn't keep my interest and when that happens, I personally prefer to just read the text. Plus the vocal narration was too slow for my liking, I think it works better when the narration is silent in talkie games unless the character directly interacts with said narrator, otherwise it's a chore to wait for the descriptions to finish, especially when it's something generic repeated over and over again like 'You don't want to touch that' and so on.
Anyway, I'm eagerly looking forward to Ben Jordan Case 6 and other future projects from you! Take care!