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Let’s Play The Silver Case: Part 3 “Fortune Telling Teeth!”

As I play the next chapter, I notice how this is based on the demo that was released a while ago, though ironically I would talk about it in the video and get most of the plot wrong! Silly me!

However, be the witness of fortune telling teeth!

Let’s Play The Silver Case: Part 2 “I can’t door!”

So yeah, I skipped out on a recording because I’m dumb! Not only did I forget that my audio levels, but I spent 10 minutes trying to work out how to open a damn door in this game! I’ll make you skip that madness and make another video where I make progress instead! Not to mention that I finish the prelude chapter. Not quite like demo that I played, but it’s pretty damn interesting! Is our killer spreading a “Murder Virus”?

Who Knows?

Great Bit Let’s Play: Let’s Play The Silver Case Part 1!

Being the Suda51 that I am, I’ve always had a curiosity about the first game that Grasshopper Manufacture made back in 1999 on the PlayStation. What’s awesome is that this game has never been localised before, and now it’s happened, so the Suda51 fan boy in me can jump in joy to finally play this visual novel in English!

DISCLAIMER:- Yes I suck with the audio levels in this video because I set the game audio to be twice as loud rather than the mic. I am sorry! Fortunately you can read what I’m reading on screen. so it’s not all that bad… kinda…

So… Zork…

Yeah… Zork…

One thing I never though I’d get into, text adventures. I bought the Zork Anthology on GOG. Featuring, Zork 1, 2, 3, Zero, Beyond, and PlanetFall. Now yes you can technically get Zork 1 through 3 for free on Infocom’s website, but the version on GOG is guaranteed to work straight out of the box (well in this case download) on your brand spanking sparkling Windows 7 (or 8, if you’re a lunatic) machine. But what’s also cool about the GOG version is the content that they throw with it such as maps, manuals, history articles about the game and it’s lore. There’s a lot more in this package than just dumping Zork DAT files into a Frotz emulator.
So, whilst I was on a podcast with good ol’ IndieSeoul. I found a copy of Zork 1 for the Japanese Sega Saturn. First I thought, “A text adventure that fit on a 1.4 mega byte floppy on a 700 mega byte CD? What a waste!” But soon I discovered that even when the game is still a text adventure, it has a pretty cool looking FMV intro with music. and whilst playing the game, you have a monochrome image in the background of the scenery in the game behind the game’s text.
Interestingness, the game plays using the controller, but you string together pre-set verbs and nouns together to make a command using up and down on the directional pad. Mind you it’s all in Japanese, so I have no real idea what it says, though I can recognise the house and the forest in the beginning of the game.

In the last few days though, I had an odd hankering to play this Zork game, it was sitting on my hard drive doing a lot of nothing, so I booted it up and went on an adventure!

The famous first steps in Zork 1

There was just something that took me on Zork that I couldn’t describe, maybe it was the mystery about why I’m in front of this house, or why I’m in this world, but I have to do something, so try everything in the confines of typing commands on the screen. So if there’s a door you can open, you’d type “open door”, or if there’s a troll to fight you’d type “attack troll”. It’s a pretty cool experience, especially if you’re like me who went to University, did IT as a major, and learnt commands on Linux terminals. It took me back to my Uni days, despite the fact I went to university 23 years after the release of Zork 1.

One thing I found about this text adventure, is that I could totally imagine what’s happening in the game. It’s writing is very “direct”. Unlike my writing, where I like to waffle a lot, yeah I’m honest with myself, Zork 1 get’s the story directly to you with the least amount of text possible without feeling like you’ve missed out on anything.
Zork 1 running on my Nexus 7!
But one thing I do enjoy is how I know have Zork 1 running on almost everything! I have it on my PC through DOSBox. On my Raspberry Pi using Frotz. and on my tablet and smart phone with jFrotz. Now I wish there’s an English version of the Sega Saturn game to add to my “What can I put Zork on to” list. Maybe there’s a way to hack it onto the Wii, 360 and PS3, heh!
So yeah, I’m now going to see if I can beat Zork 1 and get onto Zork 2! 😀