REVIEW: LES PASSENGERS DU VENT by Richard Karsmakers
"The sailor and the albatros have never been good friends..."
With these lines starts the story accompanying the new Infogrames
game "Les Passengers du Vent", a graphics 'adventure' based upon
the story by François Bourgeon. The Dutch version is called
"Kinderen van de Wind"; the German version is published under the
name "Reisende im Wind".
The story: Aboard a sailing ship around the end of the 18th
century, we meet Hoël, Agnes de Roselande, Isabeau de Marnaye and
the ship's doctor, Saint-Quentin.
At the beginning of the comic book (a very well drawn one, I
might add) that accompanies the game, Noël finds out that there
are in fact two women on board of the ship - Agnes and Isabeau.
These have grown up together and looked exactly alike. Once, for
fun, they swapped clothes when they were children. But it became
serious, as the father took his supposed daughter (the real
Isabeau) away and the real Agnes was put into a orphan's home. As
it would arise quite a scandal if anything would leak out, they
had not been in the position to put everything right again.
While the French ship was fighting some English ships, the real
Isabeau was killed and Hoël, Agnes (that will from now be called
Isa, as she is known to all people by this name) and Saint-
Quentin leave the ship, to be captured by the English. Isa
doesn't get captured and finds work with one Mr. Hereford, from
where she will try to get Hoël out of jail.
This is where the adventure starts.
After booting up, the game presents itself to the player with
some well drawn, comic-like graphics and a well composed piece
of music. The action in the game is taken by use of the mouse
only. You just click somewhere to display a character, click
somehere else to make the character say something (no real
interactivity, here), etc. It works a bit too difficult, I think,
but the plot behind the adventure is indeed very well thought out
and the graphics are well done as well.
All people already know that I am not much of an adventure freak,
and that's why I am not really stunned by an adventure like this.
But it's definately much better than all the Infocom stuff. It's
not my cup of tea, but it isn't hard to imagine someone liking it
Name: Les Passengers du Vent
Overall rating: 7.5
Remarks: Good plot. Good comic supplied
with the game.
Price: 99 Dutch Guilders
Thanks to Homesoft, Haarlem, for sendind me a review copy!
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