Episode 16: Under a Killing Moon

January 18, 2019

Grab your fedora and dust off your trenchcoat!  Join me in exploring one of the finest Full Motion Video (FMV) games ever created, and certainly one which demonstrates what a true "interactive movie" can be, as we discuss Under a Killing Moon.  Learn about what Access Software used to look like in its formative years, how the Tex Murphy character came into existence, and then, as always, dive into the game's story and puzzles during our in-depth talkthrough.   

Timestamps:

  • Intro / Background / History:  00:00:00 - 00:27:31
  • Talkthrough:  00:27:32 - 01:44:46
  • Final Remarks / Preview for Next Episode:  01:44:47 - 01:55:46
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Episode 15: King’s Quest

January 4, 2019

Join me on a fairy tale adventure as we discuss one of the first interactive graphical adventure games of all time, King's Quest!  We'll talk about some of the history behind Roberta Williams, the game's creator, and Sierra itself (which is the company that created the King's Quest series), as well as the development of the game itself.  After talking about the historical background of the game, we progress with our talkthrough of the game and dive deep into the story and puzzles, before ranking the experience and adding the title to our Pantheon of Adventure Games.

Timestamps:

  • Intro / Background / History:  00:00:00 - 00:32:15
  • Talkthrough:  00:32:16 - 00:50:41
  • Final  Remarks  / Preview for Next Episode:  00:50:42 - 01:02:46
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Episode 14: 2018 Podcast Recap / Holiday Recommendations

December 21, 2018

Happy Holidays!  Today's episode is a recap of our current Pantheon of Adventure Games, as discussed over the last six months of podcast episodes.  In addition to recapping the games discussed thus far, we also take a look at similar, more modern, titles for each of our Pantheon entries to help build a holiday shopping list for that favorite adventure gamer in your life.  

 

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Episode 13: Day of the Tentacle

December 7, 2018

It's the start of December, and what better way to kick off a month of holidays than finishing up the LucasArts "Maniac Mansion" series, by playing Day of the Tentacle!  Learn how one of the most influential, and best, adventure games of all time was created, and snuggle up and stay warm as we go through an in-depth talkthrough of the entire experience.  Finally, see where one of the most beloved adventures of all time stacks up against our current Pantheon of Adventure Games.

Timestamps:

  • Intro / Background / History:  00:00:00 - 00:36:45
  • Talkthrough:  00:36:46 - 01:57:32
  • Final  Remarks  / Preview for Next Episode:  01:57:33 - 02:07:01
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Episode 12: The Sounds of Adventure, Volume 1

November 22, 2018

It's the day after Thanksgiving, and I've got a feast for your ears!  This episode expands into new territory for the podcast, as we take a look at some melodic, amazing songs from classic adventure games.  As with most episodes, we start out with historical perspective, this time focused on the evolution of computer audio within the adventure game genre, followed by our "talkthrough" which, in this case, consists of ten songs from games we haven't yet covered.  Listen in and hear songs from such classics as Grim Fandango, Quest for Glory, Gabriel Knight 3, and more!

Timestamps:

  • Intro / Background / History:  00:00:00 - 00:43:51
  • Talkthrough (Individual Game Tracks):  00:43:52 - 01:36:13
  • Final  Remarks  / Preview for Next Episode:  01:36:14 - 01:48:37
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Episode 11: Maniac Mansion

November 9, 2018

Journey back to 1987 as we delve into one of the true classics of the adventure game genre, Maniac Mansion!  This is the game for which the SCUMM engine was built, a technology that would single-handedly shape the future of LucasArts adventure games for the next decade.  Learn about the development of the game, its cultural significance, and, as always, re-live the experience of playing the game through our talkthrough session, accompanied by music from the Maniac Mansion Deluxe fan remake.   

Timestamps:

  • Intro / Background / History:  00:00:00 - 00:39:52
  • Talkthrough:  00:39:53 - 01:21:52
  • Final  Remarks / Pantheon Ranking / Preview for Next Episode:  01:21:53 - 01:37:15
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Episode 10: Phantasmagoria

October 26, 2018

Grab a blanket and turn the lights off, as we delve into one of the spookier "classic" adventure games released in the 90s.  We discuss Phantasmagoria, one of Roberta Williams later games (and her first and only, to the best of my knowledge, FMV title) - learn about the history surrounding its development, the controversy it stirred, and its cultural significance.  Finally, re-experience the adventure as we discuss the story, in detail, during our talkthrough segment.  Happy Halloween everyone!

Timestamps:

  • Intro / Background / History:  00:00:00 - 00:51:30
  • Talkthrough:  00:51:31 - 02:02:46
  • Final  Remarks / Pantheon Ranking / Preview for Next Episode:  02:02:47 - 02:16:03
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Episode 9: Harvester

October 12, 2018

You always were a kidder!  Come spend some quality time listening to our discussion of Harvester, one of the most controversial and violent adventure games of all time.  Let's kick off Halloween month with a discussion of how Harvester came to be, and then hold on tight as we dive deep into our talkthrough of the entire experience.  

Timestamps:

  • Intro / Background / History:  00:00:00 - 00:45:37
  • Talkthrough:  00:45:38 - 02:11:21
  • Final  Remarks / Pantheon Ranking / Preview for Next Episode:  02:11:22 - 02:19:44
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Episode 8: The Secret of Monkey Island

September 28, 2018

Grab your feather dusters...er...swords, and set sail on an adventure like no other!  In this episode, we talk about The Secret of Monkey Island, arguably one of the funniest adventure game titles of all time.  Listen in for a discussion of the history surrounding the creation of Monkey Island, along with a deep dive into Ron Gilbert's design methodology for both this and other adventure games.  Finally, relive the journey as we explore the entire game in our in-depth talkthrough of one of LucasArts' finest titles.

Timestamps:

  • Intro / Background / History:  00:00:00 - 01:04:13
  • Talkthrough:  01:04:14 - 02:28:10
  • Final  Remarks / Pantheon Ranking / Preview for Next Episode:  02:28:11 - 02:39:06
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Episode 7: Leisure Suit Larry

September 14, 2018

Disco is back!  In this episode, we revisit one of the classic Sierra Online titles, Leisure Suit Larry.  Learn where Larry came from, a little bit about its inspiration, and then, finally, take a trip down memory lane as we explore Lost Wages in detail.  It's all here in Episode 7 of our podcast devoted exlusively to adventure games - come listen in!

Timestamps:

  • Intro / Background / History:  00:00:00 - 00:58:27
  • Talkthrough:  00:58:28 - 01:49:52
  • Final  Remarks / Pantheon Ranking / Preview for Next Episode:  01:49:53 - 01:57:33
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