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Am I the only one who dislikes the AGI games?

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Don't get me wrong, I love the content of them, and I know how important the first KQ games were to the adventure genre...But a large part of whether I'm going to like a game or not relies on the presentation; the gameplay, the interface, etc.

It's not that I have anything against typing or even the primitive graphics--I love SQ3 and KQ4 for example and those have non VGA graphics with typing--but I could just never bring myself to like any of the earliest games. I played through KQ1-3 fully, but I could never quite get into them the same way as I did the VGA-SVGA games.

But the AGI games did help my reading skills when I played them first as a Kindergarten age kid, I will give them that.

Perhaps it's the fact that I was introduced to the KQ series, adventure gaming, and PC gaming in general with KQ5--and thus with the VGA, Point N' Click games--But like I said, I've never been able to really get into the AGI games.

Anyone have similar feelings?
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  • Seriously. Helen Hots was awesome! I don't know WHAT the mess is in the VGA game.

    And Art Serabian is way better. WAAAY better.

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    celebrity deathmatch needs to be revived. agi vs sci.
  • I like both. Though, I can understand younger/newer gamers not liking the older stuff.

    I remember playing the text-based Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and I liked it, but I don't expect other people to.
  • Chyron8472 wrote: »
    I remember playing the text-based Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and I liked it, but I don't expect other people to.

    Didn't someone do an AGS graphical remake of that? I feel like I remember hearing about it a while back, and hearing that it was good. Gonna have to check into that.
  • I loved both AGI and SCI EGA. I felt like there was more freedom to roam and goof around than there was with the multiple icon interface. You could just take your time and do random stuff, like type in "undress" or "f*** so-and-so." I loved how these games were like animated film worlds where you could basically do or try anything you wanted. They plopped you in this cartoon world and let you loose without much of a safety net; if you walked off a cliff or ran into a deadly animal, then oh, well. Fooling around was a large part of the fun for me. With AGI games, in particular, it seemed like the backgrounds were more open and allowed you to walk on more of the screen, though maybe I'm remembering wrong. With many of the SCI EGA games it seemed like the walking paths were more limited or constrained.
  • You're not wrong. Many of the later VGA games used automatic pathfinding, at least for certain scenes. Additionally, the greater complexity in the background art usually meant more "scenery" and less walkable area. But yeah, in the AGI games, you could pretty much go anywhere that made sense in the context of the screen.
  • The open level of exploration, is one reason why I felt KQ8 as far as exploration felt more like a nod back to old KQ game worlds (1-4) than the later KQ games, that were more restrictive in exploration. Those games had alot of 'extra' rooms that had absolutely no purpose except to give you something to pass through to reach more important areas (they were not used in puzzles). They just looked cool, and in a few cases, might have some monster appear to try to kill/rob/curse you.

    I felt the enemies you encounter in KQ8, were similar to the pointless random encounters that were there to kill/rob/curse you in KQ1 and KQ2, but didn't offer anything in the way of puzzle solutions, except in KQ8, you can actually do something about them (rather than the game telling you you are too weak, or not skilled enough to take them on).

    Also felt there were other nods back to the original KQ (such as a lowly knight trying to save the king and kingdom much like Graham in the first game, lonely invaded daventry inhabited by few friends), but no need to go into detail here.

    If someone was to demake KQ8 into an AGI, EGA, or VGA-style game, it would probably be more like KQ1 mixed with QFG (1, 2 & 4), and absolutely huge if the game designers were to keep the scope and size of each indvidual land.

    The question would be would demake have random encounters more like KQ1 and KQ2, so that you have to just avoid them, or make combat something closer to QFG's early games, or The Adventures of Maddog Williams in the Dungeons of Duridian (if you haven't played this its more KQ-like than QFG, even with the few bits of combat, the sequel was to go more in the way of Space Quest).
  • The only AGI game I really disliked was KQ1 cause it took forever to go anywhere on normal speed and you went too fast on fast speed. I don't know if it works that way with ScummVM. Personally I always liked Hero's Quest or Quest for Glory I EGA better than it's VGA counterpart. There were a few dialogue pieces I never would have found without the VGA version, but the VGA version seems alot buggier and harder to control. Plus it's funny when you type in a swear word and the game responds "GADZOOKS!"
  • techie775 wrote: »
    There were a few dialogue pieces I never would have found without the VGA version

    Which is ironic, since there's actually quite a bit more dialog in the parser version! They cut out a lot of possible queries, responses, and narrator responses when they condensed everything into dialog trees and limited the interactions to the standard point and click verbs.
  • I noticed that with the KQ1SCI vs. the fan remake too. A bit of the more obscure narrative (and or easter egg comments) was not accessible. The things you could access by using certain verb noun combinations.

    Interestingly if you can also find places where the developers of the fan remake also changed some of the text as well.
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