Mr. Bill's Adventureland Review
Reviewed by Mr. Bill & Lela
What makes this game outstanding is the original concept and fascinating story that it is built around. Based on the history of voodoo as a religion, including how and why it was first introduced into this country during the early days of slavery, it is a well researched tour de force that will keep you glued to your seat until the very end.
You are Gabriel Knight, a young, hip, irreverent, egotistical, and wise-cracking aspiring writer. You own a small quaint bookstore specializing in arcane subjects in downtown present day New Orleans, and it's not even paying the rent. You wear jeans and a tee shirt, ride a motorcycle and sleep in the back of the shop. You have one employee, an attractive and intelligent Asian grad student named Grace Nakimura, and its been a long time since you've been able to pay her anything: you really don't know why she hasn't left before now. However you are convinced that things will soon change for the better. Inspired by the dark stories which abound in this part of the country, you have been struggling to write your first novel, a mystery thriller about voodoo, and you are sure that fame and fortune await you if you can just hang on long enough to finish it.
But unfortunately things have not been going well lately. The very act of writing about voodoo seems to have triggered something within you, and you are being tormented by terrifying nightmares whenever you try to sleep ..... horrible images ..... and something about a 'Schattenjager', or Shadow Hunter of supernatural evil: a centuries old curse. And now, suddenly, a rash of grisly and ritualistic murders have been occurring in this town. Are the two things related somehow? And how are you involved? You must find out.
This is one of the classic all time best adventure games, and we enjoyed it very much despite the older graphics and horror story format. It really plays more like a mystery to be solved, with minimal graphic violence and horror segments for the theme. Most of your time is spent doing research and investigating suspicious characters in New Orleans, Africa and Germany, with a built-in tape recorder to play back conversations for important clues. And the sheer number of story related puzzles to be solved is fantastic. There are a few action puzzles, but most are inventory based, all are absorbing, and there are some which are extremely challenging.
It is a long, 2D, 3rd person, point and click game, with a selection of icons for various actions, a map to jump between locations, and a point system to score your progress. The music is atmospheric (turn on your speakers and refresh to hear some now) and the older graphics are highly detailed and beautifully drawn. And to top it all off, the superb voice acting is by well known professional actors (Tim Curry is absolutely perfect as Gabriel).
One of the few totally original, great games which helped define the adventure genre. Don't miss it!
Produced (1993) and published by Sierra-On-Line.
Both Gabriel Knight 1: Sins of the Fathers and Gabriel Knight 2: The Beast Within had been boxed together in what was called the Gabriel Knight Mysteries Limited Edition. It also included two Gabriel Knight novels, a bonus soundtrack CD and a sneak peak at Gabriel Knight 3.
Minimum System Requirements: PC Only!
PC: 386 Processor; DOS 5.0 / Windows 3.1; 4 MB RAM; CD ROM Drive; VGA Graphics Card supporting 640 X 480 and 256 Colors; Supports SoundBlaster, Ad-lib, Pro Audio, Pro Audio 16, Roland MT / 32, Sound Source and General Midi Sound Cards; Microsoft Compatible Mouse
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