The other night I finally watched Alfred Hitchock's classic North by Northwest. I say finally, because for about a year it sat in my DVD collection, unopened, collecting dust. This is just one of the many films, albums and games I own that--despite knowing I''ll enjoy them when I finally get around to it--find it hard to be motivated to do so.
Well, a few days ago I dusted off a game I've been putting off for some time now: The Longest Journey.
I'm not particularly fond of storytelling in video games, and there's much better gameplay to be had in just about every other genre, but there's a certain charm to point & click adventure games such as The Longest Journey that has always intrigued me. Problem is, there's so damn many of them that I don't even know where to begin. As such, it's a genre that I've mostly appreciated from a distance, playing the occasional one before retreating to other games, despite knowing there's a library of games out there I'd likely enjoy.
Other than The Longest Journey, I've only completed Amanita Design's games (Samorost 1 & 2, Machinarium, Botanicula), and gotten about half way though Broken Sword, Beyond a Steel Sky and Sam & Max Hit the Road before losing interest. Now, with only a few chapters remaining in The Longest Journey I'm wondering what to play next. I'll mostly likely play The Walking Dead before the GOTY Bombcast, but after that I'd like to cross another adventure game off the list.
So, any suggestions?
- I think I have a copy of Grim Fandango lying around (sound issues made it unplayable on my previous computer).
- I also have an unopened copy of Full Throttle.
- And an unopened copy of Ghost Trick, if that counts.
- Deponia looks awesome and could provide a welcome change of pace after The Walking Dead.
- Wadjet Eye's games (Gemini Rue, Resonance and Primordia) have received a lot of praise but I'm need some convincing to play those.
- I really enjoyed the demo I played of Escape from Monkey Island on PS2 years ago and would eventually like to play through that series.
- I played the shit out King's Quest V growing up but never made it past the desert.
- Day of the Tentacle seems to be considered one of the best adventure games ever.