I’m curious to see what others here think.
My impression is that most of you are very much ‘adventure game people.’ I’m not even much of a video game person and the reason I was so thrilled about Thimbleweed Park isn’t so much that I was an adventure game kid as I was a Maniac Mansion (NES) kid. It was the one point and click game I ever played or was even aware of as someone who grew up on consoles with friends who played consoles and none of us having computers until we were older.
So 10 or so years ago when I gave Monkey Island a shot, I loved it! Then Monkey Island 2, I loved! I also really enjoyed The Dig. I did not like Day of the Tentacle. I wasn’t as into some other games I tried. And then when Thimbleweed Park happened, I loved it. So maybe I’m a Ron & Gary guy and the Dig was an anomaly.
All this to say, someone made a post about Broken Sword in the point and click adventure fans facebook group and suddenly I felt this great urge to play it. “I will like this one!”
No. Not at all. I don’t think I’ve gotten very far. I’ve left France and only really started in Ireland, but the game feels like such a chore and like there are no decisions or puzzles. I just walk around talking to people endlessly. And in doing so, I’m not given options of anything fun to say and like a robot I must just walk up to every person and pick every topic or item icon to speak with someone about. The couple times someone mentioned something that I thought was a clue and would keep in the back of my head, a moment later the game literally told me “yes, this is a detail to remember.” I played for hours and hours and there was one really simple puzzle to open a sewer cover, another where the solution to getting a key was just “talk to the woman in the same room and she will do everything for you,” and then another where I had to throw an item out of a window so that I wouldn’t get murdered (figured out, easily, after the first time I got murdered).
It was around this point when I had spent my entire night playing it where I started saying things aloud like “Anthony, why are you wasting your free time with this? It’s not even fun and this is the only free time you’ve had in two weeks.”
Once I got to Ireland and solving the first puzzle turned out to be “just talk to everyone over and over until one of them finally (it felt like an eternity) tells the truth” I just gave up.
Is this game as beloved as I sense it is? If so, does anyone think I’m missing something?