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March 2004



IGN has previewed Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude, the upcoming adventure sequel produced by High Voltage Software.


Having won over our cute co-ed, Larry then proceeds to make some drinks. This takes place according to a whack-a-mole, Dance, Dance Revolution-like mechanic. Get the sequence of button presses right and Larry will succeed and make the right drinks for the lady. The same mechanic is used when Larry needs to throw a tantrum to get into a local gay bar called Spartacus. He also appears to work there. We decided it was best not to ask any further questions on this subject.




GameSpot has posted a new preview of High Voltage Software's Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude. There are no real surprises regarding the basic mechanics of the game, which make use of a third-person direct-control interface. There is, however, an encouraging description of a sample puzzle utilizing the game's unique conversation engine:


For example, when Larry attempts to converse with Sally Mae, a country girl, he'll attempt to impress her by pretending to be a country music producer having an important conversation on his cell phone. As Larry talks on the phone, the player will have to constantly choose which direction the conversation will go. For instance, if Sally Mae isn't paying attention, you can have Larry take an angry tone to demonstrate his importance, but if Sally Mae is getting turned off by that, you can choose a sweeter tone to show your softer side. It sounds a bit weird, but to actually hear the ad lib conversation that erupts from the choices you make can be hilarious. VanVeld told us that there are 74 speaking roles in the game, with thousands of lines of dialogue that have been recorded with professional voice actors.


High Voltage claims that development is progressing on track, but it's worth noting that the release date seems to have quietly changed from Q3 2004 to Q4 2004.



Cenega Publishing today announced Gooka: The Mystery of Janatris, a game described as a "point and click action/adventure" where players take on the role as Gooka, a respected judge who possess telepathic abilities, allowing him to see into the minds of others.

The story starts with the player returning home after a long voyage to find your house burnt to the ground, your wife seriously ill and your son kidnapped. What follows is an arduous journey through the land searching for the items needed to cure your wife, as well as solving the mystery surrounding your son's disappearance.

Gooka is something so rare as a point and click with combat and character development normally associated with RPG games, and Cenega are promising both interesting puzzles and turn-based battles in interesting environments.

Gooka: The Mystery of Janatris is scheduled for release in June 2004. Be sure to check out the screenshots on our screenshots page.



Razbor has posted a batch of new screenshots from their upcoming point and click, titled Legacy: Dark Shadows. You can find them on Legacy's homepage.

To read more on Legacy: Dark Shadows, check out our interview with Davorin Horak of Razbor, or our preview of the game.



An unconfirmed rumor indicates that The Adventure Company has picked up In Memoriam for publishing in the US. In Memoriam is a pervasive adventure that spans media such as cd-rom, e-mail and the internet. Published in Europe by Ubi Soft, the game puts players on a quest to track a serial killer through myriad puzzles and mini-games.

In the event of an official announcement, we'll be the first to let you know.



Adventurecorner has interviewed Jeroen de Cloe and Mikel Fick of Synthetix Interactive, about their upcoming point and click'er Project Joe. Check out the English version here.


Have you ever been 'inspired' by another game while producing Project Joe?


Jeroen & Mikel: Sure, a few names for great inspiration are: Runaway, Syberia, Longest Journey, Full Throttle, Discworld, Monkey Island, Toonstruck, Grim Fandango, Phantasmagoria, Maniac Mansion, Day of the Tentacle, Larry etc.




Ubisoft today announced that CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Dark Motives is now available in US stores.

Dark Motives is the sequel to last year's CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and is a first-person adventure that gives players the opportunity to solve a series of crime with members of the CSI team. As in the previous game, CSI: Dark Motives will feature the likeness of the TV-series' cast.

New features include an adjustable level of difficulty, new forensic tools and more in-depth and longer cases than in the first game.

We have posted a batch of new screenshots in our screenshots gallery. Be sure to watch Adventure Gamers, as we will bring a review of CSI: Dark Motives soon.

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