The classic point-and-click adventure game from the early ‘90s is getting a modern facelift by developer Pinkerton Road. Lead by writer and game designer Jane Jensen, she played a major role in Sierra Online’s dominate past, as she looks to bring Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers 20th Anniversary Edition to a new generation of gamers.
If you are unaware, Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Father is a point-and-click adventure game, set in the beautiful city of New Orleans. You play as bookstore owner and struggling horror novelist Gabriel Knight. In order to gather information for your new book, you venture around the french quarter and nearby places investigating a series of crimes that might be voodoo related. Along the way you get help from your assistant Grace Nakimura and his pushover pal Detective Mosely.
The preview build that I played only contained the first two days of the game. Days determine your progression as each day that you finish gets you closer to understanding the murders that took place in the city. Before moving to the next day you have to finish certain requirements, such as solving puzzles or finding specific information from characters throughout the city.
Actions that can be performed in the game vary, depending on the objects that you interact with. For example, when hovering over other characters in the game you are able to talk to them or show them objects from your inventory. When the hand icon becomes available, you are able to pick up various objects. Getting stuck in a couple spots, I resorted to the tried and true method of clicking on everything in the environment. I accidentally missed a pair of tweezers in a cabinet and the game wouldn’t let me finish the day.
Having access to a journal, it will provide you with hints when you find yourself stuck. It also has an option to view the Special Edition content, including scenes from the original game and the evolution of the character designs. Items become unlocked as you progress through the game, but in the current build only images were available. In the final version, there will also be audio interviews and much more.
Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers won many awards when it was first released back in 1993 and the upcoming 20th Anniversary Edition seems to be great tribute to the original. After playing the preview build, I can’t wait to follow Gabriel Knight in his adventures once again this Fall.