adventure.

Fantastic 4

Fantastic 4
2

This game is based on the 2005 movie Fantastic 4. A computer game being based on a movie license will instantly put off most jaded gamers who have any sort of long term memory, and that surely applies here as well. The basic premise is that of an action-based beat em up, with characters walking […]

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Gladiator: Sword of Vengeance

Gladiator: Sword of Vengeance
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Set during the Roman Empire in 106 AD, Gladiator follows the swordfighting shenanigans of one Invictus Thrax, an undefeated champion who finally gets sent into the hereafter by the evil despotic Arruntius. The sons of Mars give Thrax an extra lease on life, however, and what follows is a fairly conventional arcade game fueled by […]

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Santa Fe Mysteries: The Elk Moon Murder

Santa Fe Mysteries: The Elk Moon Murder
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Following the murder and robbery of Anna Elk Moon, Santa Fe Mysteries allows you to do some retro police work in this fairly typical first-person FMV adventure. Your partner, fellow investigator John Night Sky, will ask all the questions. You do get to choose which questions he asks, however, and follow whichever leads suit your […]

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Santa Fe Mysteries: Sacred Ground

Santa Fe Mysteries: Sacred Ground
1.5

Santa Fe Mysteries: Sacred Ground is yet another forgettable FMV point and click adventure, sequel to the previous game – Elk Moon Murder. You return to Santa Fe as the nameless homicide investigator. You’re tasked with a new case – a kidnapping this time – and you get a PDA and an Indian dude to […]

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Psychic Detective

Psychic Detective
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Psychic Detective is an FMV game which, like so many live-action titles of its kind, was plagued by bad acting and limited gameplay. You play Eric Fox, psychic, who is squandering his psychic abilities in cheesy second-rate hotel shows. Then paranormal researcher Vladimir Pozok suddenly commits suicide, and you’re hired to find out anything useful […]

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Pirates: Captain’s Quest

Pirates: Captain’s Quest
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Being released by the Discovery Channel, Pirates: Captain’s Quest veers on edutainment in its presentation. In it, you can learn quite a bit about seamanship and the islands of the Caribbean. You can sail for multiple nationalities and engage in various quests in the game. Each quest, besides requiring player characters to plunder or sink […]

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Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb

Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb
3.5

Indy’s non-infernal console adventure. Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb is better in every way than its predecessor, Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine. Unlike Infernal Machine, LucasArts and developer The Collective really did get the feel of Indy right this time. Emperor’s Tomb doesn’t feel like just a Tomb Raider clone, and the mix […]

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Iron Helix

Iron Helix
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Iron Helix is a sci-fi game loosely similar to System Shock, where you attempt to outwit a computer AI gone haywire and set out to kill you, a lonely nobody lost in a large, empty spacecraft. The interface is a blast from the past. Whereas most modern games attempt to keep the action screen as […]

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The Devil Inside

The Devil Inside
3.5

Devil Inside is Resident Evil plus Tomb Raider and latex, all of it weaned on Soul Reaver. Granted, the engine is a bit different from Soul Reaver, but the entire game bears a stark similarity to the third Legacy of Kain entry. Another interesting aspect is that the game was thought up by Alone in […]

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The Guardian of Darkness

The Guardian of Darkness
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Developer Cryo is renown for infusing its distinct regional flair into their games. It’s a move you find elsewhere too – think Germany’s Gothic series or Poland’s Witcher series. It’s a tale of life and death, of the ‘Beyond’ (which is only vaguely described), from which ghosts and spirits occasionally escape through a mystical gate […]

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