Jack Keane Adventure Game Review Up

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Jack KeaneJack KeaneACG has posted my review of Jack Keane, an adventure game in the style of Monkey Island. Check it out if you get a chance; in short, I thought the game was excellent and well worth your money if you're a fan of the genre (or even if you're not!). It's a little "sexier" than what you might expect, but I certainly didn't mind that--we're not all 10, after all.

You can purchase the download for the game here for only $20. Not a bad deal IMHO.

In other news, I wrote a review of Echo: Secrets of the Lost Cavern (not yet posted)--another great adventure game that you'll love if you like Myst and ancient history (Paleolithic). Next up will be Road to India and possibly Sherlock Holmes: The Secret of the Lost Earring if I ever finish slogging it (thumbs down).

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Rowdy Rob
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Sounds cool!

Matt, I think you've placed a "geekify" spell on me, since I was once primarily an action gamer, and now I almost exclusively play CRPG's. And now, I want to play adventure games, a genre I've never really liked? What's happening to me? :-)

Question: has the actual game interface in these new adventures changed much since the days of the original (2D) "Secret of Monkey Island?" You're comparison of Jack Keane to "SoMI" piqued my interest, since the original Secret of Monkey Island was one of the few graphical adventure-style games I played and enjoyed extensively back in the day.

Thank you for posting the link to your review, by the way.

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Mark Vergeer
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Infection has taken hold....
Rowdy Rob wrote:

Matt, I think you've placed a "geekify" spell on me, since I was once primarily an action gamer, and now I almost exclusively play CRPG's. And now, I want to play adventure games, a genre I've never really liked? What's happening to me? :-)

Question: has the actual game interface in these new adventures changed much since the days of the original (2D) "Secret of Monkey Island?" You're comparison of Jack Keane to "SoMI" piqued my interest, since the original Secret of Monkey Island was one of the few graphical adventure-style games I played and enjoyed extensively back in the day.

Thank you for posting the link to your review, by the way.

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I am sorry to tell you Rob, but the armchair arcade infection has taken hold, you'll never be the same again...ever ;-)

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Matt Barton
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No problem, Rob. As to

No problem, Rob. As to answer your question, most modern adventures fall into three basic camps: LucasArts style (point-and-click third person with humor), Myst-style (first-person with lots of logic puzzles), and Longest Journey style (serious third person). If you love SoMI, try Simon 4 first; it's great. After that, Jack Keane, Ankh 2, and of course Broken Sword.

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Matt Barton
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I thought I'd mention a game

I thought I'd mention a game called Luckless John, too. I keep meaning to write a real review for it, but it's basically an action adventure game that seems to combine LucasArts style humor with 3D platform, FPS, and even racing minigames. What's amazing is that the developers actually manage to pull all this together in a pretty good package. Good production values, too, with some real lol moments in there (though the script/direction is a bit hamfisted at times).

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