10 Essential Point And Click Adventures You Must Play
10. Blade Runner
The Blade Runner game was not a remake of the film but a new story set within the same universe. It ran as a side story to it and even had a few side characters that popped up. The game came out fifteen years after the initial cult classic, allowing fans to revisit famous locations and enjoy references to the main plot. It featured great looking set pieces that fit beautifully with the Blade Runner theme. As with most great point and click adventures, the voice acting was mostly very good with only the games minor characters having the cringeworthy bad acting. It also boasted decent graphics for a game that was released in 1997 with well done music that acted as a tribute to the score of the movie since permission could not be obtained to use the original soundtrack. Blade Runner initially claimed to be a "Real Time" adventure and though it did feature NPC characters with their own agenda, time didn't really affect anything that happened in the game. What did affect the game though was your key decisions and gameplay style. As you moved around the game exploring and making choices, so did the rest of the games characters. This opened up a new strategy, as you had to be quite careful how to act and when to carry out certain actions. The decisions you make (or failed to make) resulted in multiple branching storylines that let the game had an incredible 13 different endings. Impressive for a game of its time. Repeated playing of the game meant that different characters would be "Replicants," the enemies you were trying to expose in the story. The wealth of variety meant that you did end up with a few contradictions and loose ends, but these were easy to look past and didn't affect enjoyment of the game. For hardcore Blade Runner fans, the fact that it was a side story to the movie was probably reason enough to play. Add to that the fact that you also got to take control of the tools of the trade like the "Voight Kampff" device and you have a quality experience for fans. For non Blade Runner fans, there was still a solid adventure game to be found meaning being a fan was non-essential to enjoying playing. Although it didn't have as many puzzles as some of its brethren it was a high quality police investigation style adventure game.