Adventure Games
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Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge Special Edition

Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge Special Edition

Having just played the special edition of the first game I decided to carry on with the sequel. First the enhancements - LucasArts have improved the bad navigation of the first version with an okay menu system. The graphics, while all re-drawn, are still only about an 8/10. In some ways they've lost the sharpness and vibrancy of the original.

I actually played the original version way back when, not that I can remember much of it. The game itself does have lots of interesting locations and three islands to visit. Coming in a couple hours longer, there's also a lot more back-and-forth between islands, which isn't so fun. The puzzles are also much less clear about what to do next. But the charm comes through again in the sequel with a cute story. I don't find it sleep inducing like most modern adventure games. Shame about the ending - could this be the poorest ending in video game history?

Machinarium

Machinarium

Machinarium is a charming, short (3-5 hours) indie adventure game. The lack of budget is evident in the length and lack of story or dialogue. It's really just wonderfully 2D environments, which you'd expect after Samarost, and some creative puzzles. While the visuals are great, it's hard to really score it against full AAA titles so highly, because if you took those visuals away, there's not much left in Machinarium. What it does, it does well. But if you're looking for some story, then Machinarium is best left avoided.

Some of the puzzles aren't so good either, some are just painful to get through. Forcing you to play Galaga for several minutes is not fun, followed shortly after by a crude shooting maze.

Mata Hari

Mata Hari

Mata Hari is the first title from a new developer, Cranberry Productions. It does feel fairly budget, being 5-7 hours long, with standard 2.5D rendered scenes. The locations are well familiar to adventure gamers - Monaco, Berlin, Paris, Madrid. By halfway through the game you've seen them all, and unfortunately becomes a real chore as you're mostly going through the mandatory travelling requirements of getting in the taxi and buying a train ticket... too many times to count.

It's mixes a few of the usual mini-games into a puzzle experience that isn't too challenging. But some things feel pretty half assed, such as Mata Hari needing to learn a new dance move where most of the time she just does the same re-hashed laughable animation.

The plot is more interesting, based on dancer, courtsan and spy around WWI. But some creative license had to be used around her actual missions and characters.