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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:I want to see this movie!, May 15, 2021
Really. If there was a blockbuster version of this game starring a young Harrison Ford (or even Nicholas Cage, I've often thought the National Treasure movies were text-adventures in disguise.), I'd be standing in line to get tickets.
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Blake, May 15, 2021 - Reply
I recently completed this game to and found it to be very interesting. I solved the first couple chapters, but soon became so fearful of leaving behind key items that I compromised by solving the chapters and then confirming that I got the right items with a walkthrough. Towards the end though, man... I agree, you could tell Andy was exhausted. It's not just the prose that sinks - there's no clues for many of your late-game actions. I tried and tried, and then turned to the walkthrough in disbelief. Still worth completing for the story.
I'm so glad someone else noticed the Adventure Game elements of National Treasure! There's quite a few movies that show adventures that consist of non-violent exploring and solving riddles, and I love seeing them. A few other examples would be 2002's The Time Machine (the art design is very reminiscent of Schizm: Mysterious Journey) and The Librarian films (and TV show).
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Rovarsson, May 15, 2021 - Reply
Where do I start? Yes to your entire post I think.
Once I figured out how easy it was to get into unwinnable terrain, I did exactly the same thing: check the walkthrough after every chapter.
I could as well have flipped a coin while writing the review. The Librarian also came to mind as a movie example of a text-adventure. I haven't seen The Time Machine though. I'll look it up now.
And indeed, I stuck with the game and bit through the frustration of later levels for the story, which is definitely worth it.
Blake, May 18, 2021 - Reply
The Time Machine is a mixed bag of a film. I have a strong fondness for it, as my late sister, my father, and I watched it several times, enjoying it together. It owes a strong debt to the Myst-like graphic adventure, and is generally an interesting movie, with cutting-edge effect (for the time) and set a record for most expensive prop: the time machine itself. It also features a rare leading performance from one of my favorite actors, Guy Pearce.
The downfall of the movie is towards the end. The film was actually directed by H.G. Wells' great-grandson, Simon Wells, who directed a number of wonderful animated films, including Balto and The Prince Of Egypt. It's his only live-action film, and it must have harder having to shoot on location and such, as he ended up having to bow out during the last few weeks of shooting due to exhaustion.
The photography was then finished by Gore Verbinski, who abruptly switches gears and turns it into an action movie. The climax is completely at odds with the rest of the film, and it's disappointing. I think it's still worth seeing, despite this (and a few other narrative niggles).
On the game here, it's reassuring that someone else had the same approach and experience - I was afraid I had lost my text-adventuring skills! It was right around (Spoiler - click to show)that business with the pipes, the crates, and the office on the ship that I had to abandon all hope and rely on the walkthrough entirely. I still have no idea how you are meant to deduce any of the actions (Spoiler - click to show)in the school. I can only conclude that that part of the game was not fully finished. When compared to the earlier parts of the game, (Spoiler - click to show)like the wonderful puzzles in the desert, it's clear that those parts are not all they were meant to be. Still, a fascinating experience.
Edit: I thought of another movie that reminded me a lot of the 90's graphic/text adventure - BBC's Dinotopia miniseries. The plot and setting are very similar to a number of games in the genre.