And again we’re taking a look at a game series, that like many others, started in the 80s or 90s (80s in this particular case), still continues to this day and became famous around its 3rd entry. But this time, it features perhaps the most famous private detective in computer gaming: Tex Murphy. I’m obviously talking about Mean Streets.
Welcome ghouls, ghosts and other things that go bump in the night, to our Halloween special review. And this evening, we’re going to take a look at one of the games that built the foundations of the survival horror genre: Alone in the Dark.
As I promised, here’s a new review and to make up for the lack of reviews in the past two months, I’m reviewing another fan favourite game (and also a personal favourite): Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars.
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 by 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.
One of the biggest technological improvements made to computers in the 90s was the introduction of CD-ROMs. 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 it. 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 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!