I’ve just played through the demo for A Vampyre Story after I heard it was done by the Monkey Island chaps, which, while I’ve never played (please, no stones or arrows), does send pleasurably tingles down my newly awakened appreciation for adventure games (after playing The Longest Journey). This is taking the comical route of placing you in the ridiculous proportions of a newly turned vampi(y)re named Mona, with her bat pet/friend called Frederick. Impressions through the jump.
This is a bit of a spiritual successor to the stuff I was doing on my blog, but in a new and improved form! Count yourselves lucky. Essentially, it’s a sort of pseudo-review without any sort of critical backing, and more a mind-splurge on a page in a bunch of metaphors and personal events. This time, it’s concerning The Longest Journey, a game almost a decade old from Funcom, who most recently did the Age of Conan MMO. It’s an adventure game, a genre I’ve barely even scratched the surface of apart from things like Escape from the Crimson Room, and Myst when my dad used to play it on our old Mac. So I’m coming to the game fresh, and interestingly, I didn’t flounder quite as much as I thought I was going to.
I like adventure games quite a lot. I’ve even bought some of the newer entries to the (apparently) dying genre, such as Broken Sword: Angel of Death and all the new Sam and Max games (ergh). Amongst these sits the awesomeness that is Homestar Runner, and their rather brilliant adventure games released on a monthly schedule.
Play it. Please. If you’ve seen how excellent their Sierra pastiche was with Peasant’s Quest then you owe it to yourself to check out this new roomisode. If you haven’t played PQ however, then you owe it to yourself to play both.
Go on, click the links and game like it’s 1990 all over again. We’ll wait for you, don’t worry.