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Old 03-19-2014, 05:34 AM   #1
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Games that capture the old Monkey Island atmosphere....

Specifically the first two games (although the third was canny also).

Has anyone any experiences/suggestions of games that have a similar style to the original Monkey Island games (other than other Lucasfilm/Lucasarts games)? By this I don't just mean and old point and click game....I mean games that have at least a couple of the following:-
  • VGA graphics
  • Similar graphical style
  • Similar music
  • Similar Humour
  • Similar 'feel'

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Old 04-17-2014, 05:36 AM   #2
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It's a little sad no one replied to this :P

Umm.... I dunno why but I was thinking Goblins 3? You've got your main character having one initial goal, interrupted by a love interest, the graphics are obviously old school, you've got the interesting locations and a satisfactory level of humour... wait, this is probably another LucasArts game. Or is it? Can't remember.

I haven't played a lot of adventure games other than Monkey Island so my perception is a little biased
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Old 04-23-2014, 06:03 PM   #3
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Goblins 3? Is that the best you can do? lol


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Old 04-24-2014, 01:59 PM   #4
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Zak, Maniac Mansion, DOTT. Oh, and Sam & Max and Indy. XD


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The Dig is also pretty cool.


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You catch my drift, dude.


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Old 04-24-2014, 02:15 PM   #7
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(other than other Lucasfilm/Lucasarts games)
Raymond, you missed this critical part of my criteria....


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Old 04-24-2014, 03:01 PM   #8
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Good grief, you and your rules, Roy. ;


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Old 04-24-2014, 07:06 PM   #10
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Old 04-25-2014, 03:24 PM   #11
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good call Huz, I vaguely remember this one from reading reviews of it back in the day, but never actually played it


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Simon the Sorcerer!

Just the first one. Voiced by Chris Barrie! Massively diminishing returns after that.


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Old 04-25-2014, 07:03 PM   #13
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Haha, crikey yeah I loved Simon the Sorcerer, I'm sure I had an enhanced version or something (although I might have imagined this) for the Amiga A1200.

I remember it having some very soothing music.


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Old 04-25-2014, 07:21 PM   #14
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Yes, Simon the Sorcerer was one of the first adventure games to have a special version for the Amiga 1200 with an eye-popping 256 colours. I was stuck with an Amiga 600, like a pauper. Never mind, we only had 32 colours back then but we knew how to use them.

I think Simon the Sorcerer came out for the Amiga CD32 as well, with the aforementioned Chris Barrie voice acting. Surely the definitive version, combining a talkie CD game with Amiga music.


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Old 04-28-2014, 09:16 AM   #15
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Those were the days man.


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Old 04-28-2014, 06:04 PM   #16
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You catch my drift, dude.
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Raymond, you missed this critical part of my criteria....
Precisely

The last old school adventure game I played other than Monkey Island was Teenagent, and some of the puzzles in there were kind of stupid. It had its funny bits though.


-It appears to be a rubber chicken with a pulley.
-It's actually real.
-It's a real rubber chicken?
-No, it's a real chicken.
-A real chicken... made of rubber?
-NO, it's a REAL CHICKEN, NO RUBBER.
-What is it for?
-TO EAT!
-You eat rubber chickens?!!
~~A Vampyre Story~~
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Never mind, we only had 32 colours back then but we knew how to use them.
64 colours in halfbright mode. Oh how I loved DPaint.


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Old 04-29-2014, 06:35 PM   #19
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Yeah I like the bit where... oh wait, I'm thinking of Demon Seed.


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Old 04-30-2014, 08:33 AM   #20
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64 colours in halfbright mode. Oh how I loved DPaint.
The only game I remember actually using Halfbright was Super Cars II by Gremlin Graphics, although that's not to say there wasn't more.

I loved the Amiga, and loved Deluxe Paint. I had Deluxe Paint II (from this pack)



....and eventually a hooky copy of Deluxe Paint IV.

I used to hang around a local games company after doing my work experience there (Zeppelin Games, who later became Eutechnyx) trying to wow them with mock up images of Adventure Games created in Deluxe Paint. Needless to say they were less impressed by them, than I was....although at one point they did pay me a whole 25 for a game design which they never used. I can't figure out whether they saw potential or whether it was some sort of pay off lol.


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Super Cars II has the best title music in recorded history.

But it used half-bright mode? What, in those annoying question and answer interludes between the races? Phwoar. I didn't know that.


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Roy drags an adventure thread off topic with talk of Amiga driving games lol....

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But it used half-bright mode? What, in those annoying question and answer interludes between the races? Phwoar. I didn't know that.
The main race part of the game, I'm fairly sure was done in half bright, I remember reading it in the actual printed magazine reviews at the time. I did a quick search to make sure I'm not imagining it, and this was amongst the first things I found:-

http://eab.abime.net/showthread.php?p=199133

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First, I'm 100% sure the game uses EHB (extra half bright), because of the nice shadows on the circuit... IMHO It would have been impossible without EHB on a 68000!.


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Old 04-30-2014, 03:26 PM   #23
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Weird. I never thought Supercars II was much of a looker. Good fun though. And dat title music:
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Jesus, that takes me back. I loved game music in those days, there was a certain innocence to it. It was simple but striving to be advanced.


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Well, back then, I got DPaint IV,.. uhm,.. on a disc. From my uncle. However, The Secret of Monkey Island was the first game I ever bought! Together with an external floppy drive. And one Amiga Action Replay III! It enabled me to extract the SoMI soundtrack in that strange TFMX format, right out of the RAM, it was a blast. I also made my own sprites for Turrican ^^


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Well, back then, I got DPaint IV,.. uhm,.. on a disc. From my uncle. However, The Secret of Monkey Island was the first game I ever bought! Together with an external floppy drive. And one Amiga Action Replay III! It enabled me to extract the SoMI soundtrack in that strange TFMX format, right out of the RAM, it was a blast. I also made my own sprites for Turrican ^^
Yeahhhh!!!!

I had the Action Replay II



I remember racing home from the shops on me bike with it. I couldn't wait to power it up and start extracting graphics, sounds and music from games lol.

Those most certainly were the days.


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Since I had it, the power button got fired, when I wasn't on, I had it on FFREEEEEZE! ; Nowadays, I got an image for this, and the amiga emulator. With the MK III you can even hack graphical power bars. Ah, yah, those days. When games weren't bloated with cheats and whatnot.


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I've got a big retro feeling going at the moment, I've been playing around with spectrum emulators, and I really fancy doing crazy things like buying old computers and having a go at knocking up a retro game.

Somebody stop me!


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Anyway, so far I use Amiga, Atari800, N64 and PSX emulators. Now and then, we're (kids and me) at The Goonies on the Atari, for teh pixelated fun.


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Doing anything with PHP is a form of self abuse, so logically this will also make you go blind.


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I hope Roy has taken his Spectrum on holiday to write his gaming opus. The rubber keyboard should keep it safe and dry next to the pool.


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I hope Roy has taken his Spectrum on holiday to write his gaming opus. The rubber keyboard should keep it safe and dry next to the pool.
It was nice and safe, however the 1984 'Pye Rambler' black and white portable tv did not survive the holiday....


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The Hobbit!

Wait.

Time passes.

Wait.

Time passes.

Wait.

Time passes.

The trolls have turned to stone!

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