Vortex Point: Far Journeys
When there's somethin' weird in the neighbourhood and the Ghost Busters won't return your messages, who else you gonna call? Lucky for you, Carmel Games has a new investigative team ready to solve all your spook-related issues, and in their creepy hometown, they're always busy. Vortex Point: Far Journeys is the first installment in a new point-and-click adventure series, and this time around you're solving the case of some missing gold bars that he thinks a ghost made off with... in fact, it seems like the whole town is suffering a rash of ghostly burglaries! Just click around to interact and pick up items, clicking on something once it's in your inventory to move it, or to move around town via the map.
Though still ultimately fairly straight-forward in terms of gameplay, Vortex Point is actually quite a bit flashier than other titles from Carmel Games in a way that makes it both more memorable, and feel like a more cohesive adventure. It's still sorta crazy, of course, with some (hilarious) gore popping up towards the end, and you'll need to be willing to experiment and think outside the pizza box in order to proceed, as well as tickle the old ivories. Also, here's a tip if you're thinking of getting into security work... if a guy who previously isn't on your visitor's list shows up claiming to be someone else, then gets anxious and leaves for a few minutes before coming back with the ID he couldn't produce when you asked for it, you should probably consider that a red flag. Still, Vortex Point: Far Journeys is a fun and freaky game and probably the only time you'll get to see a character casually say "take my magical crowbar" with a completely straight face, and that's something special.