Wednesday, 17 December 2014

The Year Ahead - 1991

Written by Ilmari

The end of the year is coming quite fast, and since we are just getting used to the idea of a community driven blog, we thought that we should begin the discussion of the year ahead a bit earlier than Trickster used to. After all, we want to have more time to get eager volunteers for upcoming games.

For anyone uncertain about how this works, all games marked by Accepted are on the official gaming list. Readers can spend CAPs to transfer to the official list games which are marked as Borderline (50 CAPs for an individual or 100 CAPs for a joint effort) or Disregarded (200 CAPs). Just like last time, the below is now set in stone, so don't bother heading off to Moby Games to vote or Wikipedia to edit the Notable list. Any CAP trades need to occur before the introduction post for the last game of 1990 (King’s Quest V), after which time 1991's playlist will be set. Next year's games are to be played approximately in the chronological order wherever possible. All discussion on CAP trades for the 1991 playing list should be had on this post. The admin will be adjusting the CAP leaderboard and each game's status as trades are made.

This is the year when adventure games in general finally turned from parser-based EGA games into point-and-click games with beautiful graphics and hauntingly good music. I am sure many of you will want to relive your memories with some of the old classics coming up, or perhaps some of the more unfamiliar games might appear interesting. If you want to play and blog some of the games accepted in the official gaming list, you can express your interest in the comments here. So here we go!

The Adventures of Willy Beamish
Is it clearly a graphic adventure game?Yes
Does it have 20 or more Moby Games ratings?Yes (72)
Is it on the Wikipedia Notable Games list?Yes

There’s a definite Bart Simpson vibe going on here

Castle of Dr. Brain
Is it clearly a graphic adventure game?
Does it have 20 or more Moby Games ratings?
Yes (44)
Is it on the Wikipedia Notable Games list?
Accepted (group)
More of a puzzle game, but still beats Myst

Conquests of the Longbow: The Legend of Robin Hood
Is it clearly a graphic adventure game?Yes
Does it have 20 or more Moby Games ratings?Yes (69)
Is it on the Wikipedia Notable Games list?Yes
I liked it more than Conquest of Camelot. Does anyone want to play Robin Hood?

Cruise for a Corpse
Is it clearly a graphic adventure game?Yes
Does it have 20 or more Moby Games ratings?Yes (37)
Is it on the Wikipedia Notable Games list?Yes
Will the curse of the French games be finally lifted?

EcoQuest: The Search for Cetus
Is it clearly a graphic adventure game?Yes
Does it have 20 or more Moby Games ratings?Yes (50)
Is it on the Wikipedia Notable Games list?Yes
Let our ecopowers combine!

Elvira II: The Jaws of Cerberus
Is it clearly a graphic adventure game?No
Does it have 20 or more Moby Games ratings?Yes (22)
Is it on the Wikipedia Notable Games list?Yes
ResultAccepted (Group)

Is there still some love for Elvira? Or are all busy washing their hair?

Free D.C.!
Is it clearly a graphic adventure game?Yes
Does it have 20 or more Moby Games ratings?No (12)
Is it on the Wikipedia Notable Games list?No
ResultAccepted (Zenic Reverie)
I’ve never even heard of this game

Heart of China

Is it clearly a graphic adventure game?Yes
Does it have 20 or more Moby Games ratings?Yes (40)
Is it on the Wikipedia Notable Games list?Yes
Grand Adventure in Far East

Hugo II: Whodunit?
Is it clearly a graphic adventure game?Yes
Does it have 20 or more Moby Games ratings?Yes (20)
Is it on the Wikipedia Notable Games list?Yes
It can’t be worse than the first one, right?

It Came From The Desert
Is it clearly a graphic adventure game?No
Does it have 20 or more Moby Games ratings?Yes (54)
Is it on the Wikipedia Notable Games list?No
Transferred to 1991 when Trickster found out its real publishing date. Still no adventure game

Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards (remake)
Is it clearly a graphic adventure game?Yes
Does it have 20 or more Moby Games ratings?Yes (98)
Is it on the Wikipedia Notable Games list?No
ResultAccepted (Ilmari)
If you count Softporn, this is the third version of the same game. Still not tired of it?

Leisure Suit Larry 5: Passionate Patti Does a Little Undercover Work
Is it clearly a graphic adventure game?Yes
Does it have 20 or more Moby Games ratings?Yes (64)
Is it on the Wikipedia Notable Games list?Yes
Larry V: one of the easiest games to beat

Les Manley in: Lost in L.A.
Is it clearly a graphic adventure game?Yes
Does it have 20 or more Moby Games ratings?No (14)
Is it on the Wikipedia Notable Games list?No
ResultAccepted (Aperama)
First game was awful, do we really want to make someone suffer through the second?

Martian Memorandum
Is it clearly a graphic adventure game?Yes
Does it have 20 or more Moby Games ratings?Yes (37)
Is it on the Wikipedia Notable Games list?Yes
Second game in the Tex Murphy series

Maupiti Island
Is it clearly a graphic adventure game?Yes
Does it have 20 or more Moby Games ratings?Yes (27)
Is it on the Wikipedia Notable Games list?Yes
Transferred to 1991 when Trickster found out its real publishing date.
Mortville Manor wasn’t very good, which doesn’t bode well for this game

Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge
Is it clearly a graphic adventure game?Yes
Does it have 20 or more Moby Games ratings?Yes (452)
Is it on the Wikipedia Notable Games list?Yes
I guess we’ll have to fight over who gets to play it

Police Quest 3: The Kindred
Is it clearly a graphic adventure game?Yes
Does it have 20 or more Moby Games ratings?Yes (58)
Is it on the Wikipedia Notable Games list?Yes
Riddle: What was first black, then white and now brown?

Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective
Is it clearly a graphic adventure game?No
Does it have 20 or more Moby Games ratings?Yes (27)
Is it on the Wikipedia Notable Games list?Yes
ResultAccepted (Joe Pranevich)
I wonder if this is an elementary game

Space Quest I: Roger Wilco in the Sarien Encounter (remake)
Is it clearly a graphic adventure game?Yes
Does it have 20 or more Moby Games ratings?Yes (56)
Is it on the Wikipedia Notable Games list?No
ResultAccepted (Andy Panthro)
Does someone want to go through the first Space Quest again?

Space Quest IV: Roger Wilco and the Time Rippers
Is it clearly a graphic adventure game?Yes
Does it have 20 or more Moby Games ratings?Yes (109)
Is it on the Wikipedia Notable Games list?Yes
We skipped a couple of Space Quests and jumped straight to number ten…
Oh wait, this was a time travel story (and the best SQ, I’d say).

Spellcasting 201: The Sorcerer's Appliance
Is it clearly a graphic adventure game?No
Does it have 20 or more Moby Games ratings?No (18)
Is it on the Wikipedia Notable Games list?Yes
ResultAccepted (Ilmari)
Second in a series of rowdy games of spell and sorcery

Is it clearly a graphic adventure game?No
Does it have 20 or more Moby Games ratings?Yes (20)
Is it on the Wikipedia Notable Games list?Yes
ResultAccepted (Ilmari)
A less known classic of Legend Entertainment.
 I wonder who will use all their CAPs for these masterpieces of interactive fiction


  1. I see two very interesting games at the bottom of the screen... Oh, what the heck, 50 CAPs for Timequest and 200 CAPs for Spellcasting 201!

    1. Fine choice my dear fellow! I've deducted 250 CAPs from your purse and changed Timequest and Spellcasting 201 into Accepted games.

      (Now that felt a bit multiperson-syndromish.)

    2. Hey, no worries. You wanna see this shrink I'm seeing? Worked wonders for my sex addiction.

    3. I knew I could count on you Kenny to find the solution.

  2. I loved Castle of Dr. Brain, but can agree that's it's not really an adventure game.

  3. I would like to use my new caps to put Sherlock Holmes on the list, please.

    I have always wanted to play the Castle of Dr. Brain, ever since I met his ancestor in Quest for Glory 4. That is a tempting idea... how much now an adventure game is it?

    1. I've not played Castle of Dr. Brain, but I do want to... I think it's just a puzzle game really (basically a long version of the puzzles before you meet Dr. Cranium in QFG4).

      But aren't adventure games puzzle games at heart? I'd be willing to split the CAP cost with you, if you like.

    2. Sherlock Holmes put on the list and 50 CAPs deducted from Joe. Do you want to also volunteer for playing it? And can anyone verify its release date, so that we'll know its place on the list?

      I'll just say this: if Myst deserves to be called adventure game, then Dr. Brain does also.

    3. I will split the cost of Dr. Brain and volunteer to play the Holmes game. In fact, there are a few other "illustrated text adventure" Sherlock Holmes games which might be fun to compare and contrast. (One from Infocom and one from Melbourne House, that I know of, but given the characters were out of copyright, I'd imagine there may be more.)

    4. Also, I may volunteer to play other games down the line. Right now, I hope to be the one to blog SQ4, Cruise, and Sherlock Holmes. (Plus, I have some great "Missed Classics" that I am working on...)

    5. 100 CAPs deducted from both Joe and Andy and Castle of Dr. Brain added to the list.

    6. OK, I've put you down as the blogger for Cruise and SQ4 also.

      We've had a personal e-mail from Reiko saying that he'd be willing to blog Dr. Brain. I'll wait him to confirm that he'll still want to do it, before I write down anyone's name for that game.

    7. Hey, glad to see the love for Dr. Brain. (Btw I'm not a he! Hope this isn't a guys-only club!) And yes I'd love to play through it for you all. I would have done it even if nobody else was interested in putting up the caps, but hey, this is even better. Honestly I'm not sure it's quite as much of an adventure game as Myst, as there's really no story to speak of, but it's an adventure-like interface and plenty of fun puzzles.

    8. Sorry, my mistake, this definitely isn't a guys-only club! This just shows how I am very poor in trying to put names and genders together (plus, I am not at all used to gendered pronouns, due to my native language having none of those, so I tend to make mistakes to both directions). Glad to hear you are willing to take care of Dr. Brain!

    9. No problem. I'll probably get started on it fairly soon, to make sure it's ready by the time it's needed. I assume the final list in order will be published after 1990 is finished, as this list is alphabetical order, not publishing/playing order.

      I am having trouble with dosbox though. I can't play it directly as I use Windows 7 64-bit, so I have to use something like dosbox to play it. It keeps freezing right away, though. I'll try a newer version first, but if anyone has any experience getting Sierra games to run in dosbox on Windows 7, I could use some confirmation of what dosbox version or settings might help.

    10. The likely order can be found in the spreadsheet...

      So looks like, so far, Dr Brain would be a while off (Game 63)

      Order can change though, if the dates are found to be inaccurate so if anyone has any reliable source contradicting our current stated release dates, feel free to let us know in this post.

    11. Ok thanks. And I think I got it to work. I was originally trying to run it through windows 3.1 in dosbox, but that's a pretty bad idea I guess. Regular dosbox seems to be working so far.

  4. I feel wrong saying this, but...

    200 points on les manley 2. I'm not capitalizing that. (I need to prove it wasn't as bad as its predecessor.) It's more like a brush with a bad cold than the fatal disease that was Search For The King.

    1. 200 points deducted from Aperama and Les Manley 2 added to the list. I assume you'll be volunteering to play it also.

    2. Yeah. It's my penance for the pain that was seeing Tricky waddle through the first. (Please don't give Mr. manley any capital letters. People might notice.)

      In truth, I've only played it once and just remember thinking "wow! No dead ends after the walking request for a hint book that was the first!" So I'll at least be giving close to a first opinion on it, as I only remember the LSL2-inspired scene with the bikini clad women who are seduced by les's knowledge of assembly code.

      On second thought. Can I trade my CAPs in for an elective brain surgery instead?

    3. Did someone gave you a piledriver recently, Aperama?! Are you nuts?!

  5. I'm quite tempted to pay up for some of the borderline and disregarded ones.

    I'll definitely pitch in for Space Quest I (VGA), because I love the SQ series. Might as well blog about it too, if that'll help.

    1. You guys are too fast, I am not keeping up with all the transactions! 50 CAPs deducted from Andy Panthro and Space Quest I remake added to the list. I've put you tentatively as the blogger for it.

  6. Perfect timing! I'm on break now, and I'd actually have time to play and blog!

    Who the hell am I? you may be asking? I've been on-board with Trickster since (almost) the beginning, but don't comment as much as I should. Hence, I didn't heed the original call to blog. But now I'm here, baby!

    Sign me up for LSL 1 (remake), LSL 5, Longbow, and if no one else wants to touch the turd that is PQ 3, I'll take that as well. Yes, I'm a Sierra guy, mostly. Maybe this'll expand my horizons eventually.

    Let me know, and good luck to everyone.

    1. Well, at least for now there's no contenders for those games, so I'll put your name down to them.

      (One thing I've forgot to mention is that the current set of reviewers and admin have decided that if Trickster as the creator of the blog wants to blog a particular game, he should definitely be given the first chance).

      You do understand that it's going to take a while before we'll get to these games? Of course, you can use your break to write the blog texts ready and we would just publish them at the right moment.

      And oh yes, LSL1 is still borderline and your current CAP purse is still not enough for the game, but I might as well use 50 CAPs to put it on the list, if you want to blog it.

      Also, since you are willing to do such a great number of games, I'd suggest you could join the Google Group of the reviewers:

  7. About Maupiti Island, well, it has the same defects as the predecessor. Annoying real-timeish, a touch of pixel hunting, people who moves around and get annoyed if you talk too much, and so-so speech synthesis with no subtitles. And, the most annoying part, a story that unfolds essentially independently of your actions and which is a tad annoying to reconstruct as a result.

    1. Sound intriguing... I think I must volunteer playing for it.

  8. I don't have many CAPs but I would donate all 5 of them to Elvira II if anyone gave the remaining 95.

    By the way, I think we will have a new game in the first place when 1991 is finished, can we bet some CAPs to that? (of course, being the one giving the idea, I kindly request the right of making the first bet)

    1. I won't deduct the CAPs, before all the required CAPs have been promised.

      So you mean betting whether some game of 1991 will rise to the top? Sounds fun idea, but I guess the betting should begin nearer to the start of the new year (say, in the Year That Was -post),

    2. It's cheaper if you just front 50 CAPs, Kenny, but I'm not going to stop you from spending 80 CAps on it. ;)

    3. I was hoping for another numbnut to chip in. XD

    4. I can put CAPs also so Kenny doesn't have to spent 80 instead of 50. How about 40-40? :D

      And I will gladly take Hugo II as one of my games. If I see another of those "What's the name of the dog in this show from the 60s" bullshit I may regret it but I did grow fond of the first one so...

    5. 5 CAPs from Laertes, 15 from Zenic, 40 from Kenny and 40 from Deimar. Done! Elvira II is on the list.

      And Deimar is now marked as doing Hugo II. (List is getting full really well.)

    6. It was more a joke than a suggestion, after all Monkey Island II is coming and probably will beat every other game, but hey, easy CAPs if we get to bet!

  9. Looks like I don't need to spend any CAPs on this year's lineup - they've mostly already been bought for acceptance already.

    If nobody else wants them, I might be interested in playing through Ecoquest or Timequest. I think I've played some of both a long time ago, but didn't finish them. I love Legend's text adventure interface in Timequest, which was used to great effect in the Gateway games (I'm so hoping we get to those...). I've played quite a lot of text adventures as well as some Sierra games. Only thing is that I'm no expert adventure gamer like Tricky or most of you, so I might need a bit more help. I really hate real-time limitations, too, which is why I tend to play turn-based RPG or more puzzly adventure games rather than real-time adventures or twitchy shooters or RTS or whatever.

    1. OK, I've marked you as playing Ecoquest and Timequest.

  10. I'm willing to put 200 CAPs on Free D.C.! if someone else can play/blog through it. Seems like an adventure game, and should be included.

    1. But it looks terrible. Those words in that speech bubble shown in the game alone made me shudder with that "ain't gonna touch that shit with a 10-foot-pole" vibe.

    2. Reminds me of Circuit's Edge, which is why I don't want to play through it. Still, looks like an adventure game. If no one volunteers for it though, then leaving it out is probably best.

    3. I am sure someone will play it, so 200 CAPs deducted from your account and Free D.C! added to the list.

  11. Speaking of CAPs, how many of those does Trickster have? He's not even on the list.

    1. Isn't Trickster the original source of CAPs? Like, he has infinite or something?

    2. Nuh uh. That's not how it works. You don't see George Washington having infinite money just because he's the 1st Prez of US, right? I say, we give him 20 CAPs for starting this blog. XD

    3. I think Trickster is more like royalty, so the state (or the community) has to pay for his expenses.

  12. I was thinking that he should get 100 per game he reviewed, plus 20 for his "What's My Story" post. ;)

    1. Psh. As a total perhaps, but that'd kill the CAP economy that Canageek has spent so much time trying to game. He'd need to lose ten per game with a bet against them and twenty per riddle, clearly.

    2. It's a little known fact that Trickster actually bleeds CAPs.

      I'd rather not explain what Ilmari and I had to do to get the 100s of CAPs we had to deliver over the last week.

    3. So, if Trix wants to spend CAPs, we'd have to beat him till he coughs out the equivalent in blood? That's... BRILLIANT!

    4. I thought CAPs were created inside the stars like any other heavy element and then spread when they go nova, but TBD is probably right.

  13. Looks like the only one on the list so far to not be accepted is "It Came From The Desert" which I'm happy with, as it isn't an adventure game but rather a game that is difficult to categorize at it straddles many styles.

    I've already agreed to do a "Missed Classic" style review on the game if it remains unaccepted so nobody needs to worry about spending CAPs if they want to read a bit about the game here.

    You can still spend the CAPs if you really want a full-on detailed playthrough of the game (which I'll also do if it's accepted)

    1. I would put in 100 caps to read that, if someone matches me.

    2. Hate to tell you this, but you now have only 75 CAPs to spend, Joe (that is, if I've just done my maths correct)... Of course, the situation will probably change, before the window of opportunity closes.

    3. Oh no! Well, then I shall survive. And I suspect I'll find ways to get more soon.

  14. I think that the answer to your PQ3 riddle is, unfortunately, 'Michael Jackson', and not the colour of Sonny Bonds' hair, BTW. (Thank you very much, ladies and gentlemen - I'll be here all week. Please try the veal.)

    1. But how could he be brown now when he's... y'know... dead?

    2. 5 CAPs for Aperama for finding the right answer! And another 5 CAPs for an even better alternative.

  15. I am extremely excited about these coming posts!!! A lot of all-time classics up ahead. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  16. I...what....I don't even.....
    I didn't get to buy a single game as you did already before I even opened the post! It was only noon my time when I started reading it and I haven't refreshed the page! Well, I guess that will help keep my CAP levels from dropping too low...

  17. So, it is the Steam Winter Sale is on. Please tell me that this doesn't all count as one sale if I'm going through each of the 127 pages of sales I don't just get 10 CAPS.

    The Desolate Hope:
    HOLIDAY SALE! Offer ends 2 January -80% CDN$ 1.09
    Adventure Platformer, or so it claims. Only a loonie, so hey, why not?

    Time Gentlemen, Please! and Ben There, Dan That! Special Edition Double Pack
    -80% CDN$ 1.09
    "Ben There, Dan That! and Time Gentlemen, Please! are a couple of rip-roaring point-and-click adventure games . With tongue firmly in cheek, sit back, relax, and put your mind to work solving puzzles, and reading some very funny dialogue. It's like a book, only good!"
    Anyone heard of these? Two games for $1.10CDN

    Captain Morgane and the Golden Turtle: -85% CDN$ 0.82
    Tags: Adventure Casual Point & Click Pirates
    "A place where pirates roamed the seas looking for treasure, and where one innocent 8 year old girl grew up to become the most famous Pirate of the Caribbean! From an early age, Morgane Castillo was a confident and feisty girl, playing with her friends and getting into scraps on Bounty Island."

    Dracula: The Resurrection
    -90% CDN$ 0.54
    "A fright-filled Adventure that transpires in the heart of Transylvania. London 1904. Seven years after the slaying of Dracula, you play as Jonathan Harker, (the protagonist from Bram Stoker's original novel) and soon discover your wife, Mina has fled London for the Count's castle in Transylvania. Has Mina fallen prey to vampires?"
    User reviews: Mostly Negative (68 reviews)
    Release Date: 17 Apr, 2014
    Popular user-defined tags for this product: Adventure Casual Point & Click Vampire
    What do you lot think of point and click games? This one sounds like it might not be the best. Also, man, they only tell it by sales, don't they? Is it just me or does it seem like there is an inverse relationship between quality and how often it goes on sale?

    Dracula 2: The Last Sanctuary -90% CDN$ 0.54
    The blood-curdling sequel to Dracula: Resurrection brings an even scarier adventure to life. After saving Mina, Jonathan Harker and his beloved return to London carrying a mysterious Dragon Ring.

    Dracula 3: The Path of the Dragon -90% CDN$ 0.87
    There is obviously no such thing as vampires... at least according to the official line of the Catholic Church. The trilogy continues as the Prince of Darkness rises again.
    User reviews: Mostly Negative < This is an improvement, it is only MOSTLY negative!
    And that takes up to page 7 out of 127, sorted from cheapest to most expensive.

    1. Hamlet or the Last Game without MMORPG Features, Shaders ...
      -80% CDN$ 1.09 Point and Click
      "The original adventure game based on twisted William Shakespeare's Hamlet."
      User reviews: Mixed (171 reviews)

      Man, I'd get so many more CAPS if I could count hidden object games....
      Also: DURRRRRRR. I might miss some, but I can filter by the "Adventure" tag. That cuts the number of pages I have to go through down to 50! x.x

      Coma:Mortuary -90% CDN$ 6.49 -> CDN$ 0.64
      Coma:Mortuary is the introduction part of a trilogy about events in the world of the dead. The game`s genre is Adventure-Ambient with Horror-quest element.
      User reviews: Mixed (384 reviews) Release Date: 12 May, 2014

      Gomo -90% CDN$ 8.79 -> CDN$ 0.87
      How far would you go to save your best friend?For Gomo, the answer to this question is clear: To the end of the world and further, if necessary.Join him on his journey through the bizarre 2D landscapes of this dreamlike Point & Click Adventure!
      User reviews: Mixed (289 reviews) Release Date: 6 Dec, 2013

      Nikopol: Secrets of the Immortals: -80% CDN$ 5.49 > CDN$ 1.09
      From the art and stories of famed graphic novelist and filmmaker Enki Bilal, and the studio created by adventure game legend Benoit Sokal comes Nikopol: Secrets of the Immortals. Set in France in the year 2023, the country is governed by a dictator who rules by religious absolute power.
      User reviews: Mixed (137 reviews)

      Does this new format help anything? Are you going to start fining me CAPS for listing bad games?

    2. Community Service Announcement:: I'd strongly recommend to NOT buy the Dracula games on Steam - Steam sell the phone/tablet version on PC, which is missing cutscenes, dialogues and puzzles.

      Buy them on GOG instead! They have the full versions. And I quite like them (1 and 3 anyway, didn't like Dracula 2)

    3. Guise Of The Wolf:
      It is on sale. I'm not telling you the price other then "Too much" and "Don't buy it". However, it is an adventure game, so I get CAPS, right?

      The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom: -75% CDN$ 5.49 > CDN$ 1.37
      Enter a macabre and comical silent world filled with mischief, time travel and delicious pie. Includes Steam Achievements, Cloud, and Leaderboards!
      User reviews: Very Positive (226 reviews)
      Popular user-defined tags for this product: Indie Puzzle Adventure Platformer 2D

      Voyage: Journey to the Moon: -75% CDN$ 5.49 > CDN$ 1.37 Make fantastic discoveries and dare to go into the deepest depths of the moon to solve puzzles that will allow you to go back to Earth.

      Just so you know, I'm doing these while it isn't my turn while playing D&D with my Dad.

      Amerzone: The Explorer’s Legacy: -75% CDN$ 5.49 > CDN$ 1.37
      The first adventure from the author of Syberia and Syberia 2, BenoƮt Sokal. In Amerzone you'll travel through enchanting landscapes, from Brittany to tropical forest.
      User reviews: Positive (21 reviews)
      A point and click, odd not many people play it given how much I've heard about Syberia.

      Our Paladin just got sneak attacked for a second time. *sigh*

      Adam's Venture Episode 2: Solomon's Secret: -75% CDN$ 5.49 > CDN$ 1.37
      Adam Venture is an action explorer hero; adventurous but using his wits rather than resorting to violence. Brought to life from a third person perspective with the Unreal 3™ engine, adventure gamers are in for a real visual treat in combination with family values storytelling.

      Hah, we found the person attacking us. He was hiding in a secret passageway. Now I'm going to cast some Dancing Lights so we can all see him.

      Adam's Venture Episode 3: Revelations: -75% CDN$ 13.99 > CDN$ 3.49
      dam’s Venture is an adventure game franchise that is focused on non-violent gameplay set in the early twenties of the 20th Century. With state of the art Unreal 3 graphics providing colorful and lifelike 3D environments, a gripping storyline and many puzzles to solve varying from easy to difficult, Adam’s Venture supplies everything...
      User reviews: Mostly Positive (34 reviews)

      The DM is reading a description. Stops. "What the hell. It's a 40 foot roof but you only came 20 feet down a ladder."

      The Cameron Files: The Secret at Loch Ness: -75% CDN$ 5.49 > CDN$ 1.37
      In this thrilling point-and-click adventure game, you’ll confront strange phenomena while exploring the dark corners of the Medieval castle, the old scientist’s secret laboratory and finally the troubled waters of Loch Ness.
      User reviews: Mixed (13 reviews)

      Man, this house comes with its own underground beach and waterfall? Man, if we burned out all the creepy looking fungus it would be a great location.

      Dark Lore Mysteries: The Hunt For Truth: -75% CDN$ 5.49 > CDN$ 1.37
      A violent murder has awoken a small town with a troubled past, they thought that chapter was over with, but has it returned?
      User reviews: Mixed (10 reviews)

      Well, that is a promising selection isn't it? Don't worry, I promise the next section is better!

    4. Hmm, the descriptions make these posts a LOT longer. Should I stop doing them? Or keep going?

      The Egyptian Prophecy: The Fate of Ramses: -75% CDN$ 5.49 > CDN$ 1.37
      A point-and-click adventure game using 360° views, similar to Jules Verne’s Return to Mysterious Island and Dracula: The Path of the Dragon. You play the role of a young magician and help her investigate the mysteries of ancient Egypt. Can you solve the Fate of Ramses?
      User reviews: Mixed (26 reviews)

      DM is rereading the area description. NOW we understand. We've been going down a sluice the whole time. It seems there was an errata clarifying it.

      Rhiannon: Curse of the Four Branches -75% CDN$ 6.49 > CDN$ 1.62
      Discover dark secrets in this chilling point and click adventure as you encounter an ancient evil lurking in the walls of the home that holds a terrible connection to a timeless struggle between man and magic.
      User reviews: Positive (16 reviews)

      The rogue is now trapped between OUR rogue and the paladin. I'm not even bothering wasting spells.

      Bad Mojo: Redux -75% CDN$ 6.49 > CDN$ 1.62
      Enter a world of perilous puzzles and bizarre perspectives--as a cockroach. What you discover may shock you. What you don't may kill you. Either way, you won't come out the same person. You may not even come out a person at all.
      User reviews: Positive (24 reviews)
      Note: This is an FMV game, if anyone is a fan of those.

      Don't you love it when your Glitterdust makes the enemy blind, and they waste a critical due to the miss chance?

      The 7th Guest: -75% CDN$ 6.49 > CDN$ 1.62
      Henry Stauf's mansion has been abandoned for as long as anyone dare remember. Stauf was a master toy maker, a maker of amazing puzzles and this strange house was his greatest creation. Now the mansion stands empty, rotting ever since the children started dying, ever since the six guests came.
      User reviews: Mixed (114 reviews)
      Number of people who are surprised this game is on sale? Is it even any good? Also: Thanks TBD!

      The 11th Hour: -75% CDN$ 6.49 > CDN$ 1.62
      IN THE 70 DESOLATE YEARS since the horrifying murders chronicled in The 7th Guest, the town of Harley has been ominously silent. Only when journalist Robin Morales vanishes while investigating the rotting abandoned mansion of the legendary toy maker Henry Stauf, do events resurrect a malignant past.
      User reviews: Mixed (34 reviews)

      Ok, I lied about good games in THIS one. There are some FAMOUS games in the next one though! And I have at least one good one open in a tab....

    5. Oh, I forgot the link for Bad Mojo: Redux:
      Sorry about that.

      Now the FAMOUS game: Harvester: -75% CDN$ 6.49 > CDN$ 1.62
      A strange and twisted world...Harvester! The most violent adventure game of all time comes to Steam!
      There is a Satruday Crapshoot on this game (ALL the spoilers): I can't WAIT for someone to play this game!

      Dad is happy: He is getting to use the tentacle miniatures he won at a convention last year. Stupid fungus.

      I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream: -75% CDN$ 6.49 > CDN$ 1.62
      The adventure plunges you into the tortured and hidden past of five humans. Delve into their darkest fears. Outwit the Master Computer AM in a game of psychological warfare. Disturbing, compelling. An adventure you won't easily forget !!
      User reviews: Very Positive (271 reviews)
      HERE is the good game I was talking about. It has one bit of lazy writing I don't like, but given that it is 20 years old, I think that can be forgiven.

      Great, now our paladin is rotting. Also damn, the only game I've seen listed as "Overwhelming Negative" wasn't an adventure game. Even the description said it "should have been buried in the desert"!

      Curse: The Eye of Isis: -75% CDN$ 5.49 > CDN$ 1.37
      Strange things are happening at Great Britain’s museum of natural history in 1890. A gang of ruthless thugs has broken into the establishment, the Eye of Isis Egyptian statue has been stolen, and a mysterious fog has overtaken a number of areas of the museum killing and transforming all it comes into contact with.
      User reviews: Mixed (13 reviews)

      All the fungi are dead! Sweet.

      Ankh 2: Heart of Osiris: -75% CDN$ 5.49 > CDN$ 1.37
      This time he will not fail. This time Osiris will show the world of humans what he's made of. But the ankh alone is not enough - not as long as he hasn't found the most important part of his body: his heart. Life has not been kind to Assil. Only three weeks ago he managed to ward off his death curse.
      User reviews: Mixed (16 reviews)

      Journey of a Roach 90% CDN$ 16.99 > CDN$ 1.69
      Nuclear war, post apocalypse, barren and lifeless wastelands. Lifeless? Not so much! Mutated insects have made their home in a bomb shelter and they're set on exploring the world. Let this point&click adventure welcome you to a hilariously bizarre end time world and join the roaches Jim and Bud on their journey to the surface.

    6. Warning; This blog comment contains ALL the point and clicks.

      Paradigm Shift: -25% CDN$ 2.19 > CDN$ 1.64
      Paradigm Shift You awake from a terrifying nightmare to discover that your home city of River Lake has been devastated by an explosion at a neuroscience laboratory.
      You know, I bet I could have finished one of these point and clicks in this time

      The Moon Sliver: -50% CDN$ 3.29 > CDN$ 1.64
      ou are on a bleak, cold, windy island. And you seem to be alone... but fires and candles still burn. As you explore, a story of guilt, loneliness, and faith begins to take shape. And it becomes increasingly obvious that something is hunting you...
      User reviews: Mostly Positive (242 reviews)
      Release Date: 28 Oct, 2014
      Popular user-defined tags for this product: Adventure Walking Simulator Exploration

      Realms of the Haunting -85% CDN$ 10.99 > CDN$ 1.64
      Forged in the Beginning and protected by the Seven Seals, there lies a place where thought and creation intertwine. The center for all realms of existence, it is the balancing force between good and evil, man and spirit. A focal point for all energies, and the one element that has kept the consuming nature of darkness at bay... Until now.
      User reviews: Very Positive (51 reviews) < Wait, not mixed or poor? GASP. Has anyone played this?

      The Shivah: -70% CDN$ 5.49 > CDN$ 1.64
      Russell Stone is a Jewish Rabbi at a poor synagogue in New York City. He is a devout man with a problem. Membership is way down and he lacks the funds to keep his synagogue open. Things are looking very bleak, and he has grown progressively more cynical and bitter with the passage of time.
      User reviews: Very Positive (259 reviews)
      Release Date: 21 Nov, 2013
      Oh, there was a Satruday Crapshoot on this one: it is supposed to be pretty good!
      "There's a lot to like about The Shivah, but what's most impressive about it is what it isn't. It's about a preacher, but it's not preachy. It's a moral story, but it doesn't moralise. It's got soul, but it's not a soldier."

      The Blackwell Legacy: (Part 1/5) -70% CDN$ 5.49 > CDN$ 1.64
      When 3 NYU students kill themselves, nobody thinks that a sinister force is at work. Nobody but fledgling medium Rosa Blackwell & her new spirit guide Joey Mallone.
      User reviews: Very Positive (412 reviews)

      Blackwell Unbound (Part 2/5): -70% CDN$ 5.49 > CDN$ 1.64
      The year is 1973. The sound of a lone, ethereal saxophone drifts over the Roosevelt Island promenade, while a series of accidents plague a midtown construction site. The citizens of Manhattan take no notice of these events, let alone think they are connected.
      User reviews: Very Positive (134 reviews)

      Blackwell Convergence: -70% CDN$ 5.49 > CDN$ 1.64 Part 3/5
      A new film opens to rave reviews, despite its bloody history. A beautiful uptown office remains unoccupied, despite its prime location. A downtown artist berates himself for selling out, while a Wall Street investor congratulates himself on a job well done. Just normal life in the big city?
      User reviews: Very Positive (108 reviews)

      Wait, what? THREE very positive games in one post? Games people might actually want? WILL MY POSTING BE USEFUL? I might not have wasted hours of my life? GASP!

    7. And now, to balance it out, a game we all know and "love":
      Tex Murphy: Mean Streets 75% CDN$ 6.49 > CDN$ 1.62
      The year is 2033. Your name is Tex Murphy, Private Investigator in San Francisco. You've been hired by the beautiful daughter of a university professor to uncover the facts about his death. As you begin your investigation you uncover the deaths of several prominent members of the scientific community.
      User reviews: Mostly Negative (3 reviews)

      I should blackmail you all: Give me CAPS or I'll use the fact I have your emails to buy you horrible adventure games that your obsession will force you to play. BWAHAHAHAHAHA.

      Violett: -81% CDN$ 10.99 > CDN$ 2.08:
      Dragged by her parents, a young and rebellious teenage girl – Violett, moves to an old spooky house in the middle of nowhere. Forced away from her friends and life in the city; she imagines how boring life in countryside will be: spending day after day, bored in her room with absolutely nothing to do.
      User reviews: Mixed (237 reviews)

      Kraven Manor: -67% CDN$ 6.49 > CDN$ 2.14:
      Turn out the lights, take a deep breath, and prepare yourself. Explore the depths of the immersive, atmospheric world of Kraven Manor. Uncover its secrets, solve its mystical puzzles, and face its growing threat. Face your fears and see if you have what it takes...the doors of Kraven Manor await you.
      User reviews: Mixed (55 reviews)

      Post Mortem: -75% CDN$ 8.79 > CDN$ 2.19:
      After returning to the quiet streets of Paris to pursue a life of painting, Gus Macpherson could not escape his true art…
      User reviews: Mixed (57 reviews)

      Dark Fall: The Journal: -60% CDN$ 5.49 > CDN$ 2.19
      This Myst-style horror-adventure game will bring fear into your heart. From the very beginning you are exposed to an overwhelming but invisible ghost presence – strange calls, footsteps, voices from nowhere. In order to help your brother and survive you will need to solve the mystery of this abandoned, haunted place. And remember!
      User reviews: Mostly Positive (56 reviews)

      Sorry about the lack of interesting things, I've had to pay more attention to my game. We started exploring a factory that makes bricks out of giant purple cockroaches and all the workers attacked us.

      1954 Alcatraz: -90% > CDN$ 21.99 > CDN$ 2.19.
      1954: Alcatraz – The cash is out there. But who will get it? Joe's doing 40 years on Alcatraz for a heist on an armored truck. The loot is still hidden out there, but only Joe knows where it is. In the streets of San Francisco, Joe's ex-accomplices and his wife are eager to find the stolen money. Who will get their hands on the dough?
      User reviews: Mixed (88 reviews)

      Jack Keane: -80% CDN$ 10.99 > CDN$ 2.19
      Colonial England. Under a certain amount of duress... Jack takes on a job, which will not only cause him a great deal of trouble, but also bring to light the answer to a mystery out of his distant past. A lack of money leads Jack to accept a charter to take a British secret agent to mysterious 'Tooth Island'.
      User reviews: Mixed (41 reviews)
      I wonder how accurate these reviews are as to the quality of the game? It would be cool to graph PISSED scores against steam ratings.

      Safecracker: The Ultimate Puzzle Adventure -60% CDN$ 5.49 > CDN$ 2.19
      As an expert safecracker, you are hired by the wealthy family of a recently deceased to search his mansion for his last will and testament. Duncan W. Adams was an avid safe collector and an 'eccentric,' to say the least. Adams has hidden the deed to his vast fortunes in one of 35 safes.
      User reviews: Mostly Positive (180 reviews)

      I'm up to page 7 now!

    8. I have NO idea how I am not setting off the spam filter. I guess it knows I have been posting to the blog for a long time? or the not-link text is shielding me?

      Return to Mysterious Island: -75% CDN$ 16.99 > CDN$ 4.24
      Join intrepid sailor and recent island castaway Mina as she explores the hidden secrets within the Jules Verne classic inspired Mysterious Island. Gather key articles left from the island’s previous inhabitants and combine them in unique and interesting ways to stay alive and stay hopeful for rescue.
      User reviews: Very Positive (56 reviews)

      Man, I really hope I'm getting CAPS per game. This is WAY too much work for 10 CAPS.

      Journal -80% CDN$ 10.99 > CDN$ 2.19
      Enter the pages of the hand painted world of Journal. A journey through the life of a young and troubled girl as she tries to face up to the choices and responsibilities that come with childhood. An experience that questions the reliability of how we choose to remember events and explores the truths hidden within our dreams.
      User reviews: Very Positive (103 reviews)

      Remember, if you buy any of these, I am busking for tips. Don't make me sing to YouTube to explain it.

      Still Life: -75% CDN$ 8.79 > CDN$ 2.19
      Victoria McPherson, is a brilliant young FBI agent who’s investigating a serial murder case. The body count is now at five and with the lack of real leads and a mountain of circumstantial evidence, Victoria is beginning to show signs of fatigue and stress.
      She decides to take a break and go rest at her father’s home in suburban Chicago; after all, it is close to the Christmas holidays. However, Victoria does not find rest. Instead, she finds one of her grandfather’s old case files and begins to read. Oddly enough, Victoria’s present case resembles the one from the past, right down to the killer’s MO…
      User reviews: Very Positive (202 reviews)
      I had to use the longer description at the bottom as the top one is "Still Life 2 also now available!"

      Culpa Innata: -80% CDN$ 10.99 > CDN$ 2.19
      The World Union is labeled the 'perfect society'. Prosperity is a science, disease and wars have vanished, sex is entertainment, and the future has never looked brighter. Suddenly this perfect society is rocked by the murder of a World Union citizen in the 'Rogue State' of Russia.
      User reviews: Positive (23 reviews)

      I will admit, I was expecting to page through many, many pages of non-adventure games. I did not realize so many cheap adventures games were on Steam.
      I'm being more selective now, and not trusting that all these platformers are adventure games, as my copy/paste fingers are getting tired.

      Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars: Director's Cut: 60% CDN$ 5.49 > CDN$ 2.19
      Paris in the Fall... a brutal murder at the Palais Royale. When Nico Collard is invited to interview statesman Pierre Carchon, she finds herself inextricably drawn into a terrifying conspiracy. One of the all-time classic adventures, multi BAFTA-nominated "Broken Sword: Director's Cut" pitches sassy journalist Nico Collard, and...
      User reviews: Very Positive (378 reviews)
      Hey! I've actually heard of this one.

      The Abbey: -90% CDN$ 21.99 > CDN$ 2.19
      The ambitious project takes adventure fans to the gloomy world of the middle Ages. An old abbey is the scene of a series of mysterious murders, and only one man can put a stop to the slaughter. In the role of the Grand Inquisitor Leonardo and his assistant Bruno, the player's task is to shed light on the mystery.
      1) Is it just me or is the plot stolen from The Name of the Rose?
      2) The entire description of the game in the top-right box is, and I quote " Thou shalt not kill!" *sigh*
      User reviews: Mixed (4 reviews)

    9. I've looked up how Trickster decided to award mass promotion CAPs - it was in the Secret of Monkey Island posts.

      5 CAPs per new game/sale up to 30 CAPs, then 1 CAP a piece for further ones. You were keeping track of the amount of sales yourself then - if you want to do that from this point that would make it a bit easier on us calculating them at the end.

      That would mean so far in this post you've mentioned... whoah - 49 sales - meaning 73 CAPs so far. Make that 72, Realms of the Haunting is an action game - kind of fun, but not adventure

    10. Ok, so on this post there are 79 sales. So 79-6=73. 73+30=103 CAPS.

    11. Oh wait, there was 1 non-adventure game, so 102 CAPS.

  18. ostradamus: The Last Prophecy -75% CDN$ 8.79 > CDN$ 2.19
    The Spiritual. The Supernatural. The Skeptical. All are touched upon in Nostradamus: The Last Prophecy. The player is immortalized as a profiler of sorts in this treasure hunt game - a brilliantly vivid historical rendition of the acclaimed quatrains of Nostradamus.
    User reviews: Mixed (40 reviews)

    Have I mentioned I got to fireball an entire factory full of undead workers? Well, it was set to lightning, but still. ZAPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP.

    Stranded -75% CDN$ 8.79 > CDN$ 2.19
    Do you know what it is to die alone, and so far from home?
    User reviews: Mostly Negative (167 reviews)
    Ok, fine, I'll be nice:
    You wake from cryostasis to find your ship lying crippled on an uncharted planet; shards of platinum-iridium alloy puncture the shimmering alien sand, the wind passes quietly over dead hydrocolliders. It isn't known how long the ruined vessel has sat here, or even what caused the crash, but one thing is clear: Time is rapidly running out.
    Stranded is a minimalist adventure game that foregoes dialogue and puzzles to focus on atmosphere, mystery, and exploration; it is both a love letter to classic point & click adventures, and an experiment with the fundamentals of the genre.
    Assume the role of the astronaut, and explore the mysterious, sun-blasted wasteland to uncover something... anything, that might lead to your survival
    But I'm not filling in that missing period at the end for them! That is a line too far.

    Aura: Fate of the Ages -60% CDN$ 5.49 > CDN$ 2.19
    'In the hallways of the ancients, the Keepers have existed forever.' The legend also claims that whoever unites these rings with the artifacts of the parallel worlds will achieve great power and immortality.
    User reviews: Mixed (66 reviews)

    Montague's Mount -80% > CDN$ 10.99 > CDN$ 2.19
    Montague's Mount is disturbing psychological thriller set in the bleakness of an abandoned Irish island, featuring exploration and challenging puzzle solving. This game is part one of a two part story, some questions are left unanswered and open to interpretation.
    User reviews: Mixed (192 reviews)
    Note: This is a greenlight game. Take that as what you will.

    I half expect to wake tomorrow and discover these have all been deleted by the shadowy cabal that runs the blog.

    Fairy Tale About Father Frost, Ivan and Nastya -60% CDN$ 5.49 > CDN$ 2.19
    Inspired by reading more than one thousand Russian fairy tales, this is a story about love, spite, greed, modesty, humility and seeking. It is divided into four acts - according to the four seasons. That means you'll visit some of the game locations several times, but every time at a different season and in a different time of day.
    User reviews: Mostly Negative (9 reviews)

    Still Life 2: -75% CDN$ 8.79 > CDN$ 2.19
    Who is hiding behind Mr. X? Still Life 2 reveals the long-awaited ending of Still Life and spells a new investigation for Agent Victoria McPherson. In Fall 2008, Victoria is sent to Maine where Ellen Dunnigan's body has just been found.
    User reviews: Mixed (94 reviews)

    Is it just me, or is it odd that they change the sale price to keep all of them at exactly $2.19 despite different starting prices? Also, man, the price are ugly as they are set in $USD and converted.

    Dark Fall 2: Lights Out: -60% CDN$ 5.49 > CDN$ 2.19
    Three men once manned the lighthouse on Fetch Rock, but they vanished without trace on New Year, 1900. No-one knows what really happened to those three poor souls, and no-one is brave enough to stay in the lighthouse, alone, after dark. Except to Fetch Rock Island, and discover what really happened...
    User reviews: Mostly Positive (17 reviews)

  19. Return to Mysterious Island 2: 75% CDN$ 8.79 > CDN$ 2.19
    Mina’s rescue from the end of the first game is cut dramatically short and she and primate pal Jep are left again on the mysterious island to fend for themselves! Mina needs to dress her wounds and keep safe against the local wildlife, but now she has the assistance of the player controlled Jep who can fit in smaller spaces, move deftly...
    User reviews: Mostly Positive (18 reviews)

    Has anyone figured out why I am including the non-sale price yet?

    All of the below are: : -70% CDN$ 7.79 > CDN$ 2.33 As I am not listing each one by itself. I mean, if someone will offer me CAPS or something, I will, but who knew there were SO MANY of these things?
    Nancy Drew: The Captive Curse mixed
    Nancy Drew®: Secrets Can Kill REMASTERED: Mixed
    Nancy Drew: Trail of the Twister: Mixed
    Nancy Drew®: The Haunting of Castle Malloy: Positive
    Nancy Drew®: Curse of Blackmoor Manor: Positive
    Nancy Drew®: Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon Positive
    Nancy Drew®: Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake Positive
    Nancy Drew®: Legend of the Crystal Skull: Positive
    Nancy Drew®: The Creature of Kapu Cave: Positive
    Nancy Drew®: The Phantom of Venice: Positive
    Nancy Drew®: The White Wolf of Icicle Creek Positive
    How do these all have positives? there are LOTS of these games out, are they actually good?
    Nancy Drew®: Ransom of the Seven Ships Mostly Positive
    Man, we are going to get sick of reviewing these.
    Nancy Drew®: Shadow at the Water's Edge Mostly Positive
    Nancy Drew®: Alibi in Ashes Mostly Positive
    Nancy Drew® Dossier™: Lights, Camera, Curses! No Reviews

    showing 226 - 250 of 1240. Just saying.

    Broken Sword 2 - the Smoking Mirror: Remastered: -60% CDN$ 6.49 > CDN$ 2.59
    ‘Broken Sword: The Smoking Mirror – Remastered’ is a stunning update to the multi million-selling original. While investigating a ruthless drug gang, journalist Nico Collard unexpectedly comes across an ancient artifact.
    User reviews: Very Positive (139 reviews)
    Wow, that is some baddd animation.

    A New Beginning - Final Cut -75% CDN$ 10.99 > CDN$ 2.74
    A New Beginning is a cinematic adventure-thriller done graphic novel-style.
    User reviews: Mostly Positive (583 reviews)
    Wow, that one is game number 10500 on the dot. Cool.

    Mythos: The Beginning: -60% > CDN$ 6.49 > CDN$ 2.59
    Mythos: The Beginning is a survival horror/adventure role playing game based on the pulp-horror and monster movies of the 1930s. Set in London in 1934, Mythos tasks you with creating your own paranormal investigator from scratch and guiding them through an exploration of the infamous Harborough Asylum.
    User reviews: Mostly Positive (10 reviews)
    This one seems to have a parser.

    I'm leaving it in as deleting the original price is extra keystrokes

    Broken Sword 3 - the Sleeping Dragon: 60% CDN$ 6.49 > CDN$ 2.59
    An ancient conspiracy. A broken Code. An unsolved murder. Welcome to Broken Sword – The Sleeping Dragon, the multi BAFTA-nominated adventure. Once more George and Nico must travel the world, wrestling danger, and piecing together the clues that will unravel the secrets of the Sleeping Dragon. Powerful seismic events are shaking the world.
    User reviews: Mixed (87 reviews)

  20. The Shopkeeper -20% CDN$ 3.29 > CDN$ 2.63
    A desperate man needs to find the right antique to impress a rich relative, but his choice will have dreadful consequences. The Shopkeeper is a point-and-click narrative game set in a space between the Twilight Zone, classic Lucasarts adventures, and Antiques Roadshow.
    User reviews: Mostly Negative (20 reviews)

    Fingers that move the touchpoint are so tired. Only still posting out of obession and hatred of leaving tasks undone. Also I haven't had anything to do for the last 3 rounds of combat due to a combination of Black Tentacles and Deeper Darkness.

    The Room -50% CDN$ 5.49 > CDN$ 2.74
    A mysterious invitation leads to the attic of an abandoned house. In the room is a cast-iron safe laced with strange carvings and on top, a note from your distant companion. It promises something ancient and astonishing concealed in the iron chamber - you need only find a way in.
    User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (682 reviews)

  21. Man I'm looking forward to willy beamish and it came from... Partially because I enjoyed them as a kid, but mostly because I never completed any of them but played them for so many hours (I was young and didn't speak great English). Btw, I can really recommend the Blackwell games. Very good old school adventures!