Tuesday 18 December 2012

What's Your Story? - Jean-Jacques

While I prepare myself (mentally that is) for Emmanuelle, it seems an opportune time to highlight another one of our adventure game loving readers. This time it's the globe trotting Jean-Jacques, which is apt really given his French origins.

Hmmm...I recognise you Jean-Jacques, but I can't quite put my finger on it...

My home country is… France, but currently in Cameroon..after Vietnam, Kenya, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia

My age is… 36

The first adventure game I played was… The Colonel's Bequest (Sierra). I've spent days and nights exploring the different areas, talking to everybody..  I just fell in love with Sierra-on-line. It was just wonderful, even in CGA color and with the internal buzzer as "music". I was living in Nigeria at that time with no shops and few peopple interested in adventure games. An ---expensive--- Sierra game had to last six months between each round trip to France.

The Colonel's Bequest: There's been a lot of talk about this game recently. It's not far away on the list!

My favourite adventure game is… Hero's Quest - So you want to be a Hero? The 2nd Sierra game after Colonel's Bequest. I always remember the 1st sequence when the hero "me!" enters Spielburg. "The colors, the music, RPG!!!!". I played this game over and over again. The VGA version is well done, but the EGA is better!

When I’m not playing games I like to… I travel a lot, but always with books!  Sci Fi and Fantasy. A least 1 book per week.

The one TV show I never miss is… Dexter

This show is amazing. Not entirely convincing, but amazing nonetheless!

I like my games in (a box, digital format)… Now, I'd say Digital..but when I was younger, the boxes (Sierra, LucasFilm Games) were just impossible to miss in my room. "You see?? I've got Space Quest IV !!!"

The thing I miss about old games is… Plenty of colors, jokes,  story, hint books, small size (no need to insert any DVD each time you wish to play). And "Fun" above all..There was also some kind of close relationship with the game designers: The Guys from Andromeda, the Coles, Al Lowe, Roberta Williams, Ron Gilbert, Chris Roberts, Lord British etc..

If I could see any band live it would be… P!nk...I'm not a teenage girl but..I just like her shows

It wouldn't be my first choice, but I'm sure P!nk's shows are pretty entertaining

The best thing about modern games is… ...advanced graphics? I don't know. The new games I play are old fashion "point and click": Resonance etc..

My favourite movie is… A L I E N S

One interesting thing about me is… That I look like Roger Wilco

Is that self proclaimed or did someone stop you in the street one day and say "heeeeyyyy...you look like that guy from Space Quest! What's his name?"

If anyone else wants to send their answers and get 20 CAPs, please send them to theadventuregamer@gmail.com.


  1. I have to agree... I find the EGA version of Hero's Quest much better than the VGA version. Sure the graphics and sound are updated, but the interface and responses seem much more fitting to the environment. Still very fun, but after playing both I prefer the EGA, even after all these years.

  2. It's been 20 years now since I last played Colonel's Bequest. I'll play again when you'll start.Looking forward to see it in EGA! Even if I had a CGA computer, I remember playing the game in black and white, I don't know why.
    My father took a picture of me when I was 12, in front of my AMSTRAD PC1512, at night, wraped in my blanket with the red (CGA..) SIERRA logo on the screen during the introduction of SPACE QUEST III. Also a fantastic game!

  3. I loved Colonel's Bequest, also! A murder mystery was a great set up for an adventure game, and Sierra did them best. Well, Sierra and LucasArts/Film are tied for doing them best. I like them both for different reasons. I also agree that the EGA version of Hero's Quest was far better than the VGA. I actually think that most of the VGA upgrades they did weren't as good as the EGA versions. Off the top of my head, the only upgrade I prefer over the original was the Kings Quest upgrade to EGA SCI from AGI.

  4. Sales sales sales!

    Telltale Adventures, 80% off. http://www.gog.com/promo/telltale_adventures
    Daedalic Adventures: 75% off bundle, 50% per game: http://www.gog.com/promo/daedalic_adventures
    Assorted Indie Adventures: 75% off bundle, 50% per game: http://www.gog.com/promo/assorted_indie_adventures
    Belated Halloween (Gabriel Knight and Phantasmagoria): 75% off bundle, 50% per game: http://www.gog.com/promo/belated_halloween

    1. *Long breath*
      Quest for Sierra Bundle: http://www.gog.com/promo/quest_for_sierra_bundle

      20 hours left on most of these, get them fast.
      Trickster: I can't wait for you to get to Gabriel Knight and Phantasmagoria.

    2. Me too. As the Gabriel Knight games are some of my favourites of all time, very keen to see what Trickster thinks of them and how they rate on the PISSED scale.

    3. I've not played either of those games. Gabriel Knight I've heard many great things about, but Phantasmagoria seems to be a love or hate affair. Time will tell which side of the fence I sit on.

  5. Trickster's next game (after Emmanuelle) is currently on sale for $2.50 - or $5 if you also want 3 other old Lucasarts adventure games.


    And there's a crapton of other sales going at the moment for the bargain hunting adventure gamer with absolutely everything on sale at Steam, Gog and other digital download places.