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Co-Operative Adventure Games?!?!

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2 questions to start this posting off:

1) Have you ever played an adventure game? Probably, otherwise you wouldn't be here, and you know that they're (debatably) the most fun genre.

2) Have any of you folks ever played a Co-Operative (2 or more human players on the same team) game? Probably, then you know how much those can be too!

A Co-Operative Adventure game is something I've NEVER seen but (I think) would be more fun than any other type of game out there! If anyone's seen a game like this let me know, because I want to play it NOW :P

I've never seen any, but even if a few of these DO exist, I still think it'd be something EXCELLENT for Telltale to work on.

Maybe not in the game they're currently working on (with the caveman-looking guy up top?), since it's probably a good portion completed already and adding co-op would take a lot of extra work, but in one of their future titles for sure.

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    Hmm if memory serves me (which doesn't happen to often) Al Lowe was once charged with creating a co-op adventure game/engine..I think then even wanted it to be based on the Space Quest series. I also remember him noting that he could not discover a way to make multiplayer adventures possible because of timing issues and problems advancing the plot.
    The myst-type games seem to be the best candidate as they are more "story-excavation" then "story-driven" in their design and can suffer a crowd of people moving throgh them at a different pace and still cooperating to solve puzzles.

  • Oh the memories that brought up. Me and my friends always used to play adventure games "cooperatively" in the sense that either we sat four or five friends around the computer and played the game after it's release, or sat home playing it and if one got stuck, we'd call one of the others and ask how far they had gotten. We'd sit up all night and call eachother until we all finished it. Especially Gobliiins, I think we finished that in one or two night with the most excessive phonecalls in my gaming history.

    I don't know if you could successfully incorporate "real" co-op play in an adventure game, but online communities like this are co-op allready. When a telltale game comes out, we can go here and ask for help when we're stuck. That's what makes these kind of games unique.

  • Bad-Brain (they who are publishing A Vampyre Story and amy or may not be trying to aquire the Sam & Max game from LucasArts) have an interesting sounding adventure game in development with co-op elements.

    From adventure gamers

    [quote]> You posted some teasers about another game called I-Jet on The Inventory. You were certainly not shying away from hyperbole when you said it would be the largest and finest in adventure game history. Okay, you have our attention... now what can you say about I-Jet that underscores those claims?


    Okay, here's the deal! It's the next big thing in point & click adventures. The idea is: stick with the same style and the humor, but extend to the new technology.


    The story of I-Jet is about seven people who lost their children. They disappeared one day and now they want their children back. We hope that we can create a game that appeals both to male and female players. Think of it as a large, playable X-Files episode with seven main characters.


    You play one of those characters. Every time you play the game you can decide who to play. The chapter structure is that there are single-player chapters (the first three for every character, which totals it to 21) and multiplayer chapters (ten). There will be one more character you can play once you've solved some of the puzzles. This character will have two chapters. So there will be 33 chapters, which is a lot.


    Every character has its own personality and every character starts in a different country and with a different job. Why is that interesting? It's easy. Firstly: locations.


    The first three chapters of everyone will be set in their home country. Secondly: people with different professions see things in different ways. An architect will see other things when he enters a room than someone who is a cop. So everytime you play with a different character the same room will change in terms of information and items to collect.


    So what does that mean for multiplayer? There will be three types of puzzles: single player puzzles, multiplayer-synchronized and multiplayer-asynchronous. The first group consist of standard puzzles which can be found in every adventure. You can solve them in a single player session, no help needed. The second type can only be solved with two or more people at once (meaning playing at the same time, in the same or another room). An example is: one character tries to steal something from an office and needs to distract someone behind the table. So a second character has to call him on the phone to distract him and the first one can take the item.


    The third kind of puzzle is even better. Characters can leave messages and clues for other players. They don't have to be online at the same time. Every character has a way to communicate. One will have his own website where he leaves info for the others. This information works like an item. Once you have read/heard/received them, you will be able to use them and maybe continue at a location that needs something more.


    We're currently discussing if it is a good idea to have puzzles that can only be solved by more than one person simultaneously. Maybe there will be more than one way to do it.


    The graphics are going to be 2D backgrounds with 3D characters and movies with real actors as cutscenes.


    It's scheduled for release in the second quarter of 2006.

    > Many have attempted to do a multi-player adventure game before, but probably all attempts failed. What makes you sure a modern attempt will work?


    I guess we have the right mood to do it. We don't look at the multiplayer option from a technical, but from a gameplay standpoint. That makes the difference.
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    Hopefully more will be revealed when their websiite goes live tomorrow. http://www.bad-brain.com

  • I'm sorry to say this but I think a co op adventure game is a bad idea. multiplayer games are filled with frustration when trying to get people to act as a "team" that is if you don't know them. Lets face it people are stupid. Other then a two person co op with someone you know who also has the game is when it would work. Why give up some of the conrtol you have to let someone else take over. It would be a bitch to program with not much gain.

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    [quote]I'm sorry to say this but I think a co op adventure game is a bad idea. multiplayer games are filled with frustration when trying to get people to act as a "team" that is if you don't know them. Lets face it people are stupid. Other then a two person co op with someone you know who also has the game is when it would work. Why give up some of the conrtol you have to let someone else take over. It would be a bitch to program with not much gain.[/quote]

    it could work,online

    solving puzzles with people on the other side of the world
    could be nice

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    Anonymous

    I just played a cooperative 2-player Adventure game.

    It's the first Point'n'Click-Adventure for two players, and a TCP/IP-connection, I've seen. (-- Not like multiplayer-games, like Uru, but really cooperative...)

    http://www.cleverundsmart-game.de/ (german)
    http://www.alcachofasoft.com/web/us/ultimojuego.html (english/spanish)

    It can work... :)

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    [quote][quote]same goes for maniac mansion, and same with the Goblins series (Gobliiins, gobliins 2 and goblins 3) you could have multiple players.[/quote]
    Goblins 3 had only a single player character, so that wouldn't work. The previous ones were "cooperative" in much the same sense as DOTT and Maniac Mansion.[/quote]

    Sorry for answering so late :)

    You are wrong, goblins3 had 1 goblin(or were-wolf-in) character per stage, but you had either a pet or a magician on every one :P the game was still heavily based on cooperative puzzles

    anyway i d love to see that kind of puzzle-solving in a cooperative multiplayer game (a bit like zelda 4 swords in a different genre)

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    [quote][quote][quote]same goes for maniac mansion, and same with the Goblins series (Gobliiins, gobliins 2 and goblins 3) you could have multiple players.[/quote]
    Goblins 3 had only a single player character, so that wouldn't work. The previous ones were "cooperative" in much the same sense as DOTT and Maniac Mansion.[/quote]

    Sorry for answering so late :)

    You are wrong, goblins3 had 1 goblin(or were-wolf-in) character per stage, but you had either a pet or a magician on every one :P the game was still heavily based on cooperative puzzles

    anyway i d love to see that kind of puzzle-solving in a cooperative multiplayer game (a bit like zelda 4 swords in a different genre)[/quote]

    You're right, of course. Having played only the first two games I knew (or rather, thought I knew) that the number of "i"s in the title indicated the number of player characters.
    Anyway, maybe I should try to find whoever made those games (Gobliiins series, that is) and check if an open source release would be forthcoming. Perhaps, with the source available, it could even be integrated into ScummVM... (though I'd have to check that with Ender before suggesting it).

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    Anonymous

    A great online multiplayer game would be Maniac Mansion. It would be a good way to test adventure games in multiplayer mode. If someone can make the original MM as an online multiplayer game then it would be awesome! Each character will have its own screen. I would play it everday with other people online, with 3 people online assigned to a character of their choice. An implemented chat system would work very well with it too. But instead of switching characters in the game - we would be able to have other people online to be those characters!!!! It would be awesome.

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    Anonymous

    So can we get a posting from some of you guys at TellTale? What do you think?

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