But I've found all of my old favorites on GOG (I could be their spokesperson! They do definitely need a better marketing director....). But if you don't have a computer that will easily boot up a CD-ROM with software from the '90s, or if you don't, in some cases, still have a floppy drive (5 1/4, anyone?), then you might have been out of luck without sites like GOG or software like DosBox.
I'm starting to play through all my favorites, and I'd like to share them with you.
|St. George's Books on Bourbon Street|
|Scarily accurate map of New Orleans|
The somewhat dark storyline is balanced out with colorful graphics and hilarious dialogue brought to life by Tim Curry (Gabriel Knight), Mark Hamill (the bumbling detective "buddy"), Michael Dorn (yes... yes, that guy) and Leah Remini (Gabriel's shop assistant and moral compass). Leah Remini's name may not be familiar to you, but once you play Gabriel Knight, you'll hear her voice on TV and it'll freak you out!
The game played flawlessly except for one extremely frustrating motion problem. In one scene, you need to move Gabriel quickly and are timed. However, if your DosBox cycles are too fast, this could be an impossible maneuver. There are patches out there to fix this kind of bug, but what I ended up finding was that I could just hit CTRL+11 or CTRL+12 to speed up or slow down the DosBox cycles which worked perfectly.
If you've never played a Sierra point-and-click game, give this a shot and you'll be hooked. But you may never think of beignets and street drummers in quite the same way again....
...Coming up next in the Gaming Nostalgia series, another Sierra game I've just started replaying, where the divide between mystical and industrial threatens to rip apart the very fabric of the world. Stay tuned!