What I've Been Playing This Week (aka Pile of Shame Sunday)

Screenshot from Police Quest 1 EGA version
A happy ending?

The following post is part of a series of posts that are published every Sunday to update readers on what Mark G has been up to with respect to finishing off games on his "Pile of Shame". The games to target are picked by Choicest Games contributors Choona, Luke and myself. As I'll be talking about my progress through these games, there may be spoilers ahead, especially for games containing a narrative. Consider yourself warned.

Wasteland 2: Director's Cut

  • Picked by Me
  • Percentage Complete = 33%
I'm loving the Wasteland 2 soundtrack by Mark Morgan: perfect background music to a post-apocalyptic game. Okay, I made it through the Temple of Titan and there's radiation everywhere! Just as well I have these better-quality rad suits… One of the Mad Monks called Father Enola (a reference to "Enola Gay", perhaps?) says a rogue Brother of the Mad Monks plans to do something with a nuke at this place called Silo 7. He wants me to assassinate him and have the nuke transported to the Temple of Titan. But I'm not entirely sure if I should trust this guy and Rose feels that way too.

While on my way to Silo 7, I didn't find any signs of Damonta, but I did come across a patrol of robots which are helping me level up my squad 😊.

Homefront: The Revolution

  • Picked by Luke
  • Percentage Complete = 45%
Well the revolution is now in full swing in Ashgate but this is after I finally managed to get enough parts from the Seeker drones for Heather to examine as well as helping Crawford get rid of his supervisor (who was on to him). You also get to destroy the evidence but not actually see what the evidence is, so would be interesting to know if Crawford was actually a double-agent… I guess I won't know until the end of the game (so far, despite coming across two potential candidates, they haven't revealed their true colours, yet…)

Police Quest

  • Picked by Choona
  • Percentage Complete = 100%
Well, I spent about another half hour playing the poker mini-game in Police Quest… what's with early Sierra adventures and the gambling mini-games? Anyway, the first game I played seemed to finish once I earned $1,000. The guy named "Frank" tells Sonny to come back for a high stakes game afterwards. As Sonny returns to his hotel room he meets some of his detective buddies and grabs a transmitter pen. Returning to the game, you eventually realise that the guy named "Frank" is noneother than Jessie Bains aka "The Death Angel" (Du-du-du-duuuuuuh dun duhhhhhhh – that was my best try at recreating the Police Quest dramatic sting, you'll just have to play the game to hear it in all its lo-fi PC bleeper glory). After an epic shootout (which Jessie Bains somehow survives) he gets sentenced to 97 years in prison although this isn't the last you'll see of him since he returns as the antagonist in the next two Police Quest games to feature Sonny Bonds.

After receiving a ticker tape parade, Sonny Bonds is rewarded with the Key to the City by the mayor as well as a big kiss from his childhood sweetheart, Sweet Cheeks Marie. And they all lived happily ever after… until Police Quest II of course!

So, in the end, Police Quest is the second AGI adventure I didn't really need a walkthrough for (well, except for the part where the wording was very specific – I had the right idea of what needed to be done). That poker mini-game though. That took probably 1/6th of the total game time of almost 6 hours. And speaking of 6 hours, that's a decent length for an old AGI adventure.

Onto my next AGI adventure: Gold Rush! (which might be my last one too – not sure if I'm in the mood to go through all the Leisure Suit Larry games at this point in time)

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