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Ben Jordan: Paranormal Investigator

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📰 Title: Ben Jordan: Paranormal Investigator 🕹️ / 🛠️ Type: Game
🗃️ Genre: Adventure & Action 🚦 Status: 06. Tested & Working
🏷️ Category: Adventure & Action ➤ Classical ➤ Criminal investigation 🌍️ Browser-based:
🔖 Tags: Action; Adventure; Choices Matter; AGS engine; Story Rich; Episodic; Linear; Supernatural; Mystery; Crime; Detective; Atmospheric; Comics Graphics; Hand-Drawn; Sierra, LucasArts, ... 📦️ Package Name:
🐣️ Approx. start: 📦️ Arch:
🐤️ Latest: 2006-08-07 🍥️ On Deb repo:
📍️ Version: Deluxe 📦️ Deb:
🏛️ License type: Free/Free price 📦️ RPM:
🏛️ License: Free 📦️ AppImage:
🏝️ Perspective: Third person 📦️ Snap:
👁️ Visual: 2D 📦️ Flatpak/Athenaeum:
⏱️ Pacing: Point and Click ⚙️ Generic bin.: ✓
👫️ Played: Single 📄️ Source:
🎖️ This record: 5 stars 📱️ PDA support:
🎖️ Game design: 5 stars 👫️ Contrib.: Goupil & Louis
🎰️ ID: 9684 🐛️ Created: 2011-10-09
🐜️ Updated: 2021-11-07

📖️ Summary

[fr]: Un jeu d'aventures dans lequel le joueur mène une série d'enquêtes criminelles [en]: Join Ben Jordan on his adventures as he discovers that there's more to being a paranormal investigator than just exploring old buildings and photographing orbs.

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🕹️ Gameplay [en] / [en] / [fr] : (202xxx), (202xxx), (202xxx),

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📕 Description [fr]

Un jeu d'aventures dans lequel le joueur mène une série d'enquêtes criminelles, par le studio Grundislav Games (Francisco Gonzalez).
Il utilise le moteur Adventure Game Studio (AGS, dans le Bottin).

Ben Jordan, un jeune homme de Philadelphie fraîchement sorti du collège décide de devenir un enquêteur paranormal.
Selon Wikipedia, ce jeu a remporté de nombreuses récompenses "Adventure Game Studio Awards", dont l'"Adventure Game Studio Award 2005" pour le meilleur gameplay des jeux AGS pour le jeu "Case 4: Horror at Number 50".

Moteurs Linux utilisables / Available Linux engines : Adventure Game Studio


Rejoignez Ben dans ses aventures, découvrant que son job d'enquêteur paranormal lui apporte davantage que la simple exploration d'anciens bâtiments ou la photographie de joyaux.
Chaque cas l'amène à voyager dans des endroits exotiques, à enquêter sur les légendes locales et des phénomènes paranormaux, à rencontrer des situations dangereuses et en apprendre davantage sur l'amitié, l'amour, son passé et lui-même.

Plusieurs enquêtes sont disponibles :
• Case 1: In Search of the Skunk-Ape
• Case 2: The Lost Galleon of the Salton Sea
• Case 3: The Sorceress of Smailholm
• Case 4: Horror at Number 50
• Case 5: Land of the Rising Dead
• Case 6: Scourge of the Sea People
• Case 7: The Cardinal Sins
• Case 8: Relics of the Past

📕 Description [en]

Join Ben Jordan on his adventures as he discovers that there's more to being a paranormal investigator than just exploring old buildings and photographing orbs.
Each case finds him traveling to exotic locations, investigating local legends and paranormal phenomena, encountering dangerous situations, and learning more about friendship, love, his past, and himself.

Case 1: In Search of the Skunk-Ape
Case 2 Case 2: The Lost Galleon of the Salton Sea
Case 3 Case 3: The Sorceress of Smailholm
Case 4 Case 4: Horror at Number 50
Case 5 Case 5: Land of the Rising Dead
Case 6 Case 6: Scourge of the Sea People
Case 7 Case 7: The Cardinal Sins
Case 8 Case 8: Relics of the Past

All of the Ben Jordan cases are available free of charge and each game took time to design, paint, and code. Send your thanks by making a donation via PayPal. Your contribution can help with the creation of more adventure games!


🌍️ Wikipedia:

Ben Jordan: Paranormal Investigator is a freeware episodic point-and-click adventure video game for Microsoft Windows developed by Francisco Gonzalez of Grundislav Games. The game consists of eight individual episodes, or cases, with an overarching plot connecting them together. The game has won numerous Adventure Game Studio Awards, including a 2005 AGS Award for Best Gameplay.

Gameplay

Ben Jordan: Paranormal Investigator is a point-and-click adventure game, designed in the style of the classic 1990's era games from that genre. Each case has a paranormal mystery that Ben must solve, by collecting evidence and other items, and using his notebook for important information. Like most games in the genre, the collected items are stored in an inventory, and can be used on items in the environment in order to solve the game's puzzles. Each episode ends with a final confrontation with the paranormal creature that is featured in that case.

Synopsis

The game's titular character, Ben Jordan, is a recent college graduate who decides to become a paranormal investigator. In each case, Ben is called upon to investigate a different paranormal phenomenon. The game uses real life myths and legends as the basis for the paranormal creatures that Ben encounters.

Plot summary

Ben Jordan has just graduated from college, and decides to become a paranormal investigator. Shortly after advertising his services, he is called to Florida in order to investigate a series of murders in a national park. Ben learns that the murders were believed to have been caused by a sasquatch known as the skunk ape.

After successfully solving his first case, he soon receives a call from a distraught woman whose husband has gone missing after searching for gold from a lost Spanish galleon that was rumored to be buried in the Salton Sea.

Shortly after returning from his second case, Ben is called to Smailholm, a small village in Scotland, to investigate the murder of two children which was said to have been the work of witches.

As Ben's reputation is growing, he receives a call to come to London, England to investigate a mysterious house known as Number 50, which was said to be haunted by the victims of a horrific incident that happened there 150 years prior. Ben discovers that he is only one of five paranormal investigators that have been called to investigate, and soon finds himself working with others for the first time in his career.

Ben becomes friends with two of the other number 50 investigators, Alice Wilkins and Simon Booth. He accompanies them to Osaka, Japan to investigate the mysterious deaths of important company managers which are believed to be caused by zombies.

After solving their second case together, the trio decides to take a vacation in Greece. Once there, however, Ben learns about Sea People which are said to drag villagers in Agia Anna down into the ocean to eat them. He decides to investigate, without letting his companions know of his plans.

After Ben's sixth case, he spends Christmas with his family in Philadelphia. Afterward, he is called to Rome by an actor who killed a priest, but claims that he only did so because he was possessed by a demon. While investigating, Ben discovers a secret organization known as the Knights of St. Anthony, and also learns about a plot which threatens his future.

After the tragic events in Rome, things look bleak for Ben. However, he soon learns secrets which allow him to confront the mad man behind the plot.

Cases

Case 1: In Search of the Skunk-Ape
After graduating from college and becoming a paranormal investigator, Ben Jordan is called to Florida to investigate a series of murders which are believed to have been caused by a skunk ape.

Case 2 Case 2: The Lost Galleon of the Salton Sea
Ben investigates the disappearance of a man who was searching for the treasure ship, The Lost Galleon, in the Salton Sea.

Case 3 Case 3: The Sorceress of Smailholm
Ben investigates the murder of two children in a tiny village in Scotland that was said to be the work of witches.

Case 4 Case 4: Horror at Number 50
Ben travels to London to investigate the stories of ghosts and paranormal activity at the mysterious Number 50.

Case 5 Case 5: Land of the Rising Dead
Ben trevels to Osaka, Japan to investigate a series of murders that are said to be caused by zombies.

Case 6 Case 6: Scourge of the Sea People
While on vacation in Greece, Ben learns of creatures called Sea People who drag villagers under the ocean to eat them.

Case 7 Case 7: The Cardinal Sins
A man who is accused of murdering a priest calls up Ben begging him to come to Rome to try to clear his name, claiming that he was possessed by a demon.

Case 8 Case 8: Relics of the Past
Ben learns the secrets in the past and present that let him confront the mad man who's threatening his future.

Development

Ben Jordan: Paranormal Investigator was released over the course of nine years. As the game developers honed their skills, the presentation had improved. Because of this, remakes of the first two cases were released with the art style and interface of the later games in the series.

Reception

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🚧️ Installation [fr]

INSTALLATION :
Suivez les instructions d'installation de la fiche "Adventure Game Studio".

🔍️ Test [fr]

🕵️ Test (Case 1, version Deluxe) :
(testé 5 min)
Une réalisation très soignée (cinématique d'introduction, interface, graphisme, dialogues avec plusieurs voix, effets sonores et bande son).
L'ergonomie du jeu est très bonne, différentes commandes sont accessibles par le clic droit, ou en promenant la souris dans la partie supérieure de l'écran, ce qui a pour effet de faire apparaître un menu.
Les décors sont réalisés avec grand soin, le dessin est superbe et les énigmes semblent bien ficelées.
Un jeu de qualité commerciale. Excellent.

Nous avons aimé :
• la qualité de la réalisation,
• l'originalité et la quantité de scénarios proposés,

Nous avons regretté :
• l'absence de traduction en Français, réservant le jeu à un public parfaitement bilingue.