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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Episode 6: Beneath a Steel Sky

August 31, 2018

In this episode, we take a look at Beneath a Steel Sky, the second game developed by Revolution Software (of Broken Sword fame).  How does this one stack up against the other classics of the adventure game genre?  Find out as we take a look at both the history of the game and, as always, conduct an in-depth talkthrough of the story, puzzles, and overall quality of the experience.

Timestamps:

  • Intro / Background / History:  00:00:00 - 00:44:37
  • Talkthrough:  00:44:38 - 02:41:25
  • Final  Remarks / Pantheon Ranking / Preview for Next Episode:  02:41:26 - 02:48:01
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Episode 5: Myst

August 16, 2018

In this episode, we talk about one of the most influential games ever created - the early CD-ROM masterpiece, Myst!  Come listen to some of the history behind the creation of the best selling game of all time (at least until the early 2000s), and then relive the mystery once more, as we discuss our in-depth talkthrough of the experience.

Timestamps:

  • Intro / Background / History:  00:00:00 - 01:06:52
  • Talkthrough:  01:06:53 - 02:57:06
  • Final  Remarks / Pantheon Ranking / Preview for Next Episode:  02:57:07 - 03:05:07
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Episode 4: Deja Vu

August 3, 2018

In this episode, we take a look at one of the first point-and-click adventure games ever created - the ICOM Simulations developed Deja Vu, the first in the MacVenture line of adventure games (along with Uninvited, Shadowgate, and Deja Vu 2).  This episode is focused solely on the first release (Deja Vu), as we tackle the history behind the game, the technologies upon which it was built, and then conduct a thorough talkthrough of the experience.  Make sure you don't forget to come listen in!

Timestamps:

  • Intro / Background / History:  00:00:00 - 00:37:00
  • Talkthrough:  00:37:01 - 01:17:32
  • Final  Remarks / Pantheon Ranking / Preview for Next Episode:  01:17:33 - 01:29:11
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Episode 3: Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers

July 20, 2018

Our third podcast episode focuses on Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers, an adventure game released by Sierra Online in late 1993.  Come join us on a (long) journey as we discuss the history behind the game and, as always, conduct an in-depth "talkthrough" of the entire experience.

Timestamps:

  • Intro / Background / History:  00:00:00 - 00:43:33
  • Talkthrough:  00:43:34 - 03:07:39
  • Final  Remarks / Pantheon Ranking / Preview for Next Episode:  03:07:40 - 03:16:55
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Episode 2: Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis

July 6, 2018

This episode (our first real episode) focuses on Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, an adventure game released by Lucasarts back in 1992 that is widely considered to be one of the best adventure games of all time.  We start by talking a little bit about the key adventure game developers in the 80s / early 90s (Sierra / Lucasarts), and then delve into a "Talkthrough" of the game.  The man with the hat...is back!

Timestamps:

  • Intro / Background / History:  00:00:00 - 00:41:20
  • Talkthrough:  00:41:21 - 01:51:04
  • Final  Remarks / Pantheon Ranking / Preview for Next Episode:  01:51:05 - 02:00:06
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