If you read the title, you must be wondering: am I reviewing two games at once again? Not exactly. Actually, I’m reviewing two versions of the same game: a floppy disk version (Daughter of Serpents) and a CD-ROM version (The Scroll), which contains extra scenes and alters the gameplay significantly from the floppy version.
Sometimes there are games out there that seem simple enough and then hardly make more than a blip in the radar. But sometimes those same games get noticed for other reasons outside the game itself and might end up developing a cult following, or even sometimes they’re successful in one country but are hardly noticed in another country. Not to mention how much the game was influenced by and how much it influenced other games afterwards. Today we’re going to take a look at one such odd game: J.B. Harold Murder Club.
Sometimes making a game geared towards children might be harder than making one for teens or adults. Just because you don’t need to worry about complex gameplay, mechanics or storylines, doesn’t mean you get to be lazy about it. Children are anything but stupid and they can see a bad game sometimes better than a grown-up. I’m talking about everybody’s favourite beagle: Snoopy.
One of the biggest technological improvements made to computers in the 90s was the introduction of the CD-ROM. Their superior storage capacity enabled the introduction of CD-quality music, audio and video in videogames. It also began the popularity of FMV (Full Motion Video) games, which featured for the 1st time, actual videos with actual actors in them. And although 3D graphics were introduced a few years later, voice-over acting is still a predominant part of videogames nowadays.
That’s why today’s review is dedicated to one of the first FMV and CD-ROM games and perhaps the one that popularized the use of CD-ROMs as a viable media for videogames. I’m talking of course about The 7th Guest!