. Please help me find similar games.
When I was a kid, I played educational computer games pretty frequently, not being aware of the other stuff -- until, one day, my father bought The Last Express
(previously featured, sort of, on MetaFilter
). He gave up after a few minutes, so I took the CDs and played it myself. I fell in love with it immediately -- the history, the detail, the rich characters, the twists and turns.. I love that it feels like a movie and is easy to play through for someone who's not really into gaming. (Easy with regards to the way the game operates, not necessarily figuring out the puzzles and things.) I am pretty much obsessed with this game, but I haven't really played any games since and so I don't really know where to look for anything similar. I played the whole game again last year and now I want more. Do you know this game? Do you have recommendations of more amazing games like this?
I asked a friend who knows about these things and he told me to go find Syberia and The Longest Journey, which I now have and am planning on playing soon. (I've also played Prince of Persia, since it's by Jordan Mechner as well, and I really like it even though it's very different from The Last Express.) I read about the game Heavy Rain, and I'd love to play that -- it sounds exactly like the sort of thing I am looking for -- but I don't have a PS3 and it seems silly to buy a PS3 just for this one game, though if I win the lottery I'll do it.
Any recommendations, recent or older, are very welcome -- this question has been tearing away at me for years and it only just occurred to me to ask you knowledgeable people. I am looking for games I can play on my computer (just an average laptop, no special graphics card or anything) by myself without using the Internet. I also enjoy text games although that's not quite what I am looking for right now. Thank you!