Robert Wm. Gomez's

November 2012

Syberia on PC (8/10)

Syberia Cutscene

I've been playing a lot of adventure games these days. In Syberia you play Kate Walker, a lawyer working for a high-powered corporate client who is looking to close the deal on the purchase of a Wonka-esque toy factory. As you journey farther in the story and get closer to your goal, the world becomes more and more fantastic.

Dream Zone on Apple IIgs (8/10)

Dream Zone - Town Square

Dream Zone is a graphical adventure for the Apple IIgs that I was never able to complete when it was originally released in 1988. I managed to get about a quarter of the way through the game before I was stumped by one of the game's unfair puzzles. Now, twenty years later and with a little help from the Internet, I have managed to beat the game. These pre-Craft of Adventure era games can be pretty brutal and a walk through will come in very handy. Now, this is about to get fairly spoiler-y so if you want give the game a try before I go on, you can play Dream Zone in your browser right now. It's worth trying out.

The Avengers (7/10)

I stopped going out of my way to see these superhero films quite some time ago. As a result, I never saw Thor or Iron Man 2. I suspect this put me at an Avenegers disadvantage because to me the first 30 minutes or so of this movie sucked. It seems to be all just tying in threads from these other movies which I passed on. And once you start adding gods and space aliens you've lost me. I was hopeful that Joss Wheadon would add some stakes to the plot. Kill someone off early on so we know that you mean business like did in your TV shows.

The Evil Friendship by Vin Packer (8/10)

I started reading this book without knowing anything about it. I had previously read and very much enjoyed Vin Packer's The Twisted Ones which told the story of three disturbed youths and their decents into darkness. I suppose I expected much of the same here, only this time, judging from the cover photo, the "ones" were going to be twisted girls rather than boys.

Haunted House Text Adventure

Type 'HELP' for a list of verbs.

Back in the late 80s, I learned much about computer programming from this book: Write Your Own Adventure Programs For Your Microcomputer. This is the same book that I used as a guide when creating Malfunction for my Apple IIgs back in 1988.

The Gorgon (6/10)

My Halloween movie this year was The Gorgon from the Icons of Horror: Hammer Films DVD. I think I am coming to the realization that Hammer horror films just don't click with me the way Bava and the Italian horror films do. The Gorgon, like The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb, is just lacking in tension or suspense. They save the monster until far too late in the story and rely too much on boring interpersonal relationships to drive the narrative.