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  game_name=Ben Jordan:<br />Paranormal Investigator |
== Overview ==
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  author=[[Grundislav|Francisco Gonzalez]] |
''Ben Jordan: Paranormal Investigator'' is the main title of a planned series of 8 games made in AGS by [[user:Grundislav|Francisco "Grundislav" Gonzalez]].  To date, there have been 4 games released in the series, each game being a separate "case" investigated by Ben Jordan, the protagonist and player character.  Each game features the main title and a subtitle, usually relating to the plot of the case.  The series distinguishes itself from other games about paranormal investigating in that many of the paranormal phenomena are taken from real-life legends and folklore.
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  designer=[[Grundislav|Francisco Gonzalez]]<br/>[[AGA|Berian Morgan Williams]]<br />Additional Puzzles<br />(Cases 1 & 2) |
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  programmer=[[Grundislav|Francisco Gonzalez]]<br/>[[Edmundo|Edmundo Ruiz]]<br />GUI Assistance<br />(Case 2) |
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  game_length=Medium |
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  game_language=English |
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  music = [[Ghormak|Andreas Slotte]] |
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  sound_effects = [[Dark Stalkey|Adam Hay]]<br />(Case 4)|
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  ags_id=513 |
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[[Ben Jordan|Ben Jordan: Paranormal Investigator]] is the main title of a series of 8 games made in AGS by [[user:Grundislav|Francisco "Grundislav" Gonzalez]], each game being a separate "case" investigated by Ben Jordan, the protagonist and player character.  Each game features the main title and a subtitle, usually relating to the plot of the case.  The series distinguishes itself from other games about paranormal investigating in that many of the paranormal phenomena are taken from real-life legends and folklore.
  
 
== Plot ==
 
== Plot ==
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While each case in the series features a self-contained plot relating to the current investigation, the author has hinted that there is an overall story arc linking all the games together.  Observant players may be able to pick out plot elements which play key roles in later games from the cases currently available.
  
While each case in the series features a self-contained plot relating to the current investigation, the author has hinted that there is an overall story arc linking all the games together.  Observant players may be able to pick out plot elements which play key roles in later games from the cases currently available. 
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Games released so far:
  
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''[[Ben Jordan Case 1 - In Search of the Skunk-Ape|Case 1: In Search of the Skunk-Ape]]''
  
*'''CAUTION''': Spoilers Ahead! Do not read if you have not completed the games!
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''[[Ben Jordan Case 2 - The Lost Galleon of the Salton Sea|Case 2: The Lost Galleon of the Salton Sea]]''
  
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''[[Ben Jordan Case 3 - The Sorceress of Smailholm|Case 3: The Sorceress of Smailholm]]''
  
'''Case 1 - In Search of the Skunk-Ape'''
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''[[Ben Jordan Case 4 - Horror at Number 50|Case 4: Horror at Number 50]]''
  
Ben's first case begins with him speaking on the phone to his disappointed mother about his recent decision to become a paranormal investigator.  He is just about to give up his dream when he receives a phone call from a park ranger in the Florida Everglades, who tells him that a sasquatch-like creature known as the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skunk_ape Skunk-Ape] is suspected of causing several disappearances and murders.  Desperate for a case, Ben agrees to go to the Everglades and investigate.
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''[[Ben Jordan Case 5 - Land Of The Rising Dead|Case 5: Land of the Rising Dead]]''
  
Upon arriving, a ranger named Ernie informs Ben that the ranger who called him has become the Skunk-Ape's most recent victim.  After some initial interrogations and investigating, Ben meets a ranger named Rick who agrees to go out into the forest and camp out to see if they can find the Skunk-Ape.  Ben finds the beast's lair and discovers several packets of cocaine hidden in a deep hole.  He concludes that someone must be controlling the Skunk-Ape to guard their secret stash.
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''[[Ben Jordan Case 6 - Scourge Of The Sea People|Case 6: Scourge of the Sea People]]''
  
That night, Ben and Rick talk over the campfire and become friends.  However, later on in the night Ben is woken by a noise and finds Rick about to shoot the Skunk-Ape.  Rick reveals that he only wanted to find the Skunk-Ape for his own financial gain, and is promptly killed by the monster.  Ben passes out, and awakens to find himself outside the cabin of Jed Johnson, the man controlling the Skunk-Ape via an electronic collar.  Ben manages to run inside the cabin and interfere with the Skunk-Ape's control mechanism, causing Jed to be killed and the Skunk-Ape to return to the forest.
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''[[Ben Jordan Case 7 - The Cardinal Sins|Case 7: The Cardinal Sins]]''
  
'''Case 2 - The Lost Galleon of the Salton Sea'''
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"[[Ben Jordan Case 8 - Relics of the Past|Case 8: Relics of the Past]]"
  
In Ben's second case, he is called out to Dunesberg, California, a small town in the middle of the desertA woman named Annie Roberts tells Ben that her husband George has gone off searching for something known as the Lost Galleon, and has not returned after two weeks.  Ben sets out to find out more about the Lost Galleon and George.
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==Characters==
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The Ben Jordan games have been praised for having strong character development, even in the earlier, shorter episodesAs of the third and fourth games, there have been several characters who have become important to the series.
  
Driving out to the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salton_Sea Salton Sea], Ben finds several treasure hunters already there.  Throuh his resourcefulness, Ben manages to locate the galleon and dives in to explore, but something in the water causes him to black out.  When he wakes up, he finds himself in a cell with George Roberts, who tells him that the ghost of the captain is the one holding them captive. Ben and George manage to escape, then meet the ghost, who tells them they are trapped in the Galleon as his prisoners.  However, Ben manages to create a "Spirit Box" which traps the ghost and forces it to transport them back to Dunesberg, where George is reunited with his wife.
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The Ben Jordan series is one of the relatively few AGS games that uses Sierra-style speech (speech includes close-up portraits of the characters faces), compared to the majority of AGS games that use LucasArts-style speech (text above characters). Most of the characters portraits used for dialog were redrawn in Case 5 to have a more serious disposition and will presumably be used in all games following it.  
  
'''Case 3 - The Sorceress of Smailholm'''
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{{Spoiler warning}}
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===Ben Jordan===
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[[Image:Ben.gif|left|thumb||]]
  
Ben's third case sees him going to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smailholm_Tower Smailholm], Scotland, to investigate the murder of two little girlsThe people in the town suspect that it was the work of local witches, and have imprisoned a young woman named Mary Blaine, who is accused of consorting with a local suspected witch and was found at the scene of the crime.
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Ben Jordan is the main character of the series, a young man from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in his early twenties who has recently graduated college with a degree in International Relations.  However, his dream is to be a paranormal investigator. Ben is curious, brave, and altogether likeable, but unfortunately for him, seems to suffer from the bad luck of losing people he becomes close toAs a result, he has become wary of getting too attached to people, and becomes angry more easily than before.
  
*This game marks a turning point in the series, as it introduces a rival investigator, Percival Quentin Jones, who challenges Ben every step of the way, as well as Mary Blaine, Ben's love interest.  It is considered by many fans to be their favorite game of the series so far.  The game is also different in that it features a branch in the story.  Depending on whether or not the player performs a key action, the game will end differently.
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===Percival Quentin Jones===
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[[Image:Percy.gif|left|thumb||]]
  
In the not-so-good ending, Ben is captured by the local constable, but manages to escapeMary reveals that she and the whole town are actually all witches, and their leader is a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strigoi vampire-witch] named ZortherusIn the end, Percival Jones rescues Ben from being sacrificed, and Ben kills Zortherus, causing the rest of the witch cult to age rapidly and die. In this ending, many plot points are left unanswered.
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A professor of Criminology at Oxford, Percival Quentin Jones met Ben Jordan in Smailholm, where he was investigating the murder of the two children thereAt the time he was rude and condescending towards Ben, but his attitude quickly changed after the case was solved, and he was quite helpful during Ben's investigation of the Horror at Number 50Not much is known about Percy, but his final comment at the end of Case 4 would suggest that there is more to him than he lets on...He is revealed in case 7 to be part of a very powerful cult.
  
In the good ending, Ben releases Mary from jail and the two fall in love.  Ben discovers that the girls who were murdered never really existed, and the whole story of the murders was just a hoax to lure him to Smailholm and be sacrificed.  This time, it is Mary who comes to Ben's rescue, but she is killed by Zortherus in front of Ben.  Ben, in a rage, manages to escape and kill Zortherus.  Percy Jones finds him and Ben shows him the bodies of the witch cult.
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'''Case 4 - Horror at Number 50'''
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===Mary Blaine===
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[[Image:Mary.gif|left|thumb||]]
  
Back in London, Ben is at Percy Jones's office, when a man named Randolph Miggs comes in and tells Ben he is looking for himHe tells Ben the story of Number 50, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berkeley_Square Berkeley Square], a building with a haunted past which Miggs now owns and has converted into a rare bookshopHe says that there is a ghost known only as "The Horror" which has been dormant for as long as he can remember, but has recently begun making its presence known again.  Ben agrees to investigate.
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A young Scottish lady, living in the village of Smailholm.  Ben met her while she was in jail on the accusation of being a witch and having murdered the two McBee children.  In reality, this was all an elaborate setup by the entire village who were witches, and wanted to lure Ben in to be their sacrificeFollowing the "good" ending of Case 3 as canon, Mary found herself falling in love with Ben because of the kindness and compassion he showed her, and Ben fell for her as wellUnfortunately, she was killed by Zortherus, which upset Ben greatly.
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In Case 5, she appears in Ben's dreams telling him to reconsider his decisions.
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Upon arriving at the house, Ben discovers that he will not be investigating alone, as Miggs has called on four other paranormal investigators, including Simon Booth, an English ghost-hunter, Alice Wilkins, an American major in parapsychology, Otto Schneider, a mysterious German, and Madame Tilly Rosenquist, an over-the-top English medium.
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===Simon Booth===
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[[Image:Simon.gif|left|thumb||]]
  
The five investigators collaborate and finally hold a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seance séance] to make contact with the spirits.  This causes Madame Tilly to go into a comatose state.  Simon discovers a door that leads to a series of rooms that are inexplicably larger than the entire house, and ends up vanishing without a trace.  Finally, Ben is able to get into a locked room at the top of the stairs, and he, Otto, and Alice are able to banish The Horror, which has possessed Madame Tilly, back into the Dimension of Death.  In the end, it is revealed that Simon survived and is alive and well.
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An English ghost hunter from Birmingham, Simon is an outgoing, likeable guyHe and Ben met outside Number 50, Berkeley Square, and the two quickly became friends.   
 
 
*This game is also important to the series as it introduces the characters of Alice Wilkins and Simon Booth, both of whom play large supporting roles in the rest of the series.
 
 
 
 
 
== Characters ==
 
 
 
The Ben Jordan games have been praised for having strong character development, even in the earlier, shorter episodesAs of the third and fourth games, there have been several characters who have become important to the series.
 
 
 
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*'''CAUTION''': Spoilers Ahead! Do not read if you have not completed the games!
 
 
 
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'''Ben Jordan'''
 
 
 
Ben Jordan is the main character of the series, a young man from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in his early twenties who has recently graduated college with a degree in International Relations.  However, his dream is to be a paranormal investigator.  Ben is curious, brave, and altogether likeable.  However, he seems to suffer from the unfortunate bad luck of losing people he becomes attached to.  As a result, he has become wary of getting too attached to people, and becomes angry more easily than before.
 
 
 
'''Percival Quentin Jones'''
 
 
 
A professor of Criminology at Oxford, Percival Quentin Jones met Ben Jordan in Smailholm, where he was investigating the murder of the two children there.  At the time he was rude and condescending towards Ben, but his attitude quickly changed after the case was solved, and he was quite helpful during Ben's investigation of the Horror at Number 50.  Not much is known about Percy, but his final comment at the end of Case 4 would suggest that there is more to him than he lets on...
 
 
 
'''Mary Blaine'''
 
 
 
A young Scottish lady, living in the village of Smailholm.  Ben met her while she was in jail on the accusation of being a witch and having murdered the two McBee children.  In reality, this was all an elaborate setup by the entire village who were witches, and wanted to lure Ben in to be their sacrificeFollowing the "good" ending of Case 3 as canon, Mary found herself falling in love with Ben because of the kindness and compassion he showed her, and Ben fell for her as well.  Unfortunately, she was killed by Zortherus, which upset Ben greatly.
 
  
'''Simon Booth'''
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<br clear="all" />
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===Alice Wilkins===
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[[Image:Alice.gif|left|thumb||]]
  
An English ghost hunter from Birmingham, Simon is an outgoing, likeable guy. He and Ben met outside Number 50, Berkeley Square, and the two quickly became friendsAs of Case 4, it seems likely that he will team up with Ben on future investigations.
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A young lady from Sacramento, California, studying parapsychology at Harvard. Oddly, her name also appears on a tombstone in Ben Jordan 3. Alice was also present at Number 50, and took a liking to both Ben and SimonAlthough she and Ben share much in common, Ben seems reluctant to become romantically attached to her.  Whether or not this will change in future episodes remains to be seen...At the end of case 6, they go into a relationship.
  
'''Alice Wilkins'''
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<br clear="all" />
  
A young lady from Sacramento, California, studying parapsychology at Harvard.  Alice was also present at Number 50, and took a liking to both Ben and Simon.  Although she and Ben share much in common, Ben seems reluctant to become romantically attached to her.  Whether or not this will change in future episodes remains to be seen...
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==External links==
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*[http://www.grundislavgames.com/bj/ Official Website]
  
  
== Credits ==
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{{AwardsStart|Ben Jordan 3}}
[[User:Grundislav|'''Francisco "Grundislav" Gonzalez''']] - Writing, Art, Scripting
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{{AwardsBefore|Bestowers of Eternity}}
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{{AwardsWinner|Best Story|2004}}
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{{AwardsAfter|Prodigal}}
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{{AwardsBefore|Fatman}}
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{{AwardsWinner|Best Player Character|2004}}
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{{AwardsAfter|Emily Enough}}
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{{AwardsBefore|Spellbound: A Clive Mandrake Adventure}}
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{{AwardsWinner|Best Documentation|2004}}
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{{AwardsAfter|Anna}}
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{{AwardsNominations|2004|Best Game, Best Dialogue, Best Supporting Character, Best Music}}
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{{AwardsEnd}}
  
'''Andreas "Ghormak" Slotte''' - Music
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{{AwardsStart|Ben Jordan 4}}
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{{AwardsBefore|Apprentice 2}}
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{{AwardsWinner|Best Game|2005}}
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{{AwardsAfter|Trilby's Notes}}
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{{AwardsBefore|Two of a Kind}}
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{{AwardsWinner|Best Gameplay|2005}}
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{{AwardsAfter|Duty and Beyond}}
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{{AwardsBefore|Apprentice 2}}
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{{AwardsWinner|Best Dialogue|2005}}
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{{AwardsAfter|The Shivah}}
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{{AwardsBefore|7 Days a Skeptic}}
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{{AwardsWinner|Best Sound Effects|2005}}
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{{AwardsAfter|Ben Jordan 1 Deluxe}}
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{{AwardsNominations|2005|Best Puzzles, Best Player Character, Best Music}}
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{{AwardsEnd}}
  
'''Adam "DarkStalkey" Hay''' - Sound Effects (Case 4)
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{{AwardsStart|Ben Jordan 1 Deluxe}}
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{{AwardsBefore|Ben Jordan 4}}
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{{AwardsWinner|Best Use of Sound|2006}}
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{{AwardsAfter|A Tale of Two Kingdoms}}
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{{AwardsEnd}}
  
[[User:AGA| '''Berian "AGA" Williams''']] - Additional Puzzle Design (Cases 1 & 2)
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{{AwardsStart|Ben Jordan 6}}
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{{AwardsNominations|2007|Best Game, Best Gameplay, Best Dialogue, Best Puzzles, Best Player Character, Best Music}}
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{{AwardsEnd}}
  
'''Edmundo "netmonkey" Ruiz''' - GUI Assistance
 
  
[[Category:Completed_AGS_games]]
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[[Category:AGS_games]]
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[[Category:Ben Jordan Series]]

Latest revision as of 21:12, 16 May 2017

Ben Jordan:
Paranormal Investigator
Bjlogo.gif
AuthorFrancisco Gonzalez
Designed byFrancisco Gonzalez
Berian Morgan Williams
Additional Puzzles
(Cases 1 & 2)
Programmed byFrancisco Gonzalez
Edmundo Ruiz
GUI Assistance
(Case 2)
Music byAndreas Slotte
Sound Effects byAdam Hay
(Case 4)
LengthMedium
LanguageEnglish
AGS Games page

Ben Jordan: Paranormal Investigator is the main title of a series of 8 games made in AGS by Francisco "Grundislav" Gonzalez, each game being a separate "case" investigated by Ben Jordan, the protagonist and player character. Each game features the main title and a subtitle, usually relating to the plot of the case. The series distinguishes itself from other games about paranormal investigating in that many of the paranormal phenomena are taken from real-life legends and folklore.

Plot

While each case in the series features a self-contained plot relating to the current investigation, the author has hinted that there is an overall story arc linking all the games together. Observant players may be able to pick out plot elements which play key roles in later games from the cases currently available.

Games released so far:

Case 1: In Search of the Skunk-Ape

Case 2: The Lost Galleon of the Salton Sea

Case 3: The Sorceress of Smailholm

Case 4: Horror at Number 50

Case 5: Land of the Rising Dead

Case 6: Scourge of the Sea People

Case 7: The Cardinal Sins

"Case 8: Relics of the Past"

Characters

The Ben Jordan games have been praised for having strong character development, even in the earlier, shorter episodes. As of the third and fourth games, there have been several characters who have become important to the series.

The Ben Jordan series is one of the relatively few AGS games that uses Sierra-style speech (speech includes close-up portraits of the characters faces), compared to the majority of AGS games that use LucasArts-style speech (text above characters). Most of the characters portraits used for dialog were redrawn in Case 5 to have a more serious disposition and will presumably be used in all games following it.

Spoiler warning:
You may not want to read on if you have not completed the games!

Ben Jordan

Ben.gif

Ben Jordan is the main character of the series, a young man from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in his early twenties who has recently graduated college with a degree in International Relations. However, his dream is to be a paranormal investigator. Ben is curious, brave, and altogether likeable, but unfortunately for him, seems to suffer from the bad luck of losing people he becomes close to. As a result, he has become wary of getting too attached to people, and becomes angry more easily than before.


Percival Quentin Jones

Percy.gif

A professor of Criminology at Oxford, Percival Quentin Jones met Ben Jordan in Smailholm, where he was investigating the murder of the two children there. At the time he was rude and condescending towards Ben, but his attitude quickly changed after the case was solved, and he was quite helpful during Ben's investigation of the Horror at Number 50. Not much is known about Percy, but his final comment at the end of Case 4 would suggest that there is more to him than he lets on...He is revealed in case 7 to be part of a very powerful cult.


Mary Blaine

Mary.gif

A young Scottish lady, living in the village of Smailholm. Ben met her while she was in jail on the accusation of being a witch and having murdered the two McBee children. In reality, this was all an elaborate setup by the entire village who were witches, and wanted to lure Ben in to be their sacrifice. Following the "good" ending of Case 3 as canon, Mary found herself falling in love with Ben because of the kindness and compassion he showed her, and Ben fell for her as well. Unfortunately, she was killed by Zortherus, which upset Ben greatly. In Case 5, she appears in Ben's dreams telling him to reconsider his decisions.

Simon Booth

Simon.gif

An English ghost hunter from Birmingham, Simon is an outgoing, likeable guy. He and Ben met outside Number 50, Berkeley Square, and the two quickly became friends.


Alice Wilkins

Alice.gif

A young lady from Sacramento, California, studying parapsychology at Harvard. Oddly, her name also appears on a tombstone in Ben Jordan 3. Alice was also present at Number 50, and took a liking to both Ben and Simon. Although she and Ben share much in common, Ben seems reluctant to become romantically attached to her. Whether or not this will change in future episodes remains to be seen...At the end of case 6, they go into a relationship.


External links


AGS Awards for Ben Jordan 3
Preceded by

Bestowers of Eternity

Best Story

in the year 2004

Succeeded by

Prodigal

Preceded by

Fatman

Best Player Character

in the year 2004

Succeeded by

Emily Enough

Preceded by

Spellbound: A Clive Mandrake Adventure

Best Documentation

in the year 2004

Succeeded by

Anna

Nominated for:

Best Game, Best Dialogue, Best Supporting Character, Best Music in 2004

AGS Awards for Ben Jordan 4
Preceded by

Apprentice 2

Best Game

in the year 2005

Succeeded by

Trilby's Notes

Preceded by

Two of a Kind

Best Gameplay

in the year 2005

Succeeded by

Duty and Beyond

Preceded by

Apprentice 2

Best Dialogue

in the year 2005

Succeeded by

The Shivah

Preceded by

7 Days a Skeptic

Best Sound Effects

in the year 2005

Succeeded by

Ben Jordan 1 Deluxe

Nominated for:

Best Puzzles, Best Player Character, Best Music in 2005

AGS Awards for Ben Jordan 1 Deluxe
Preceded by

Ben Jordan 4

Best Use of Sound

in the year 2006

Succeeded by

A Tale of Two Kingdoms

AGS Awards for Ben Jordan 6
Nominated for:

Best Game, Best Gameplay, Best Dialogue, Best Puzzles, Best Player Character, Best Music in 2007