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Ben Jordan: Paranormal Investigator is the main title of a planned series of eight Wikipedia:amateur adventure games made by Francisco "Grundislav" Gonzalez with freeware adventure game engine Wikipedia:Adventure Game Studio. To date, there have been seven games released in the series, each game being a separate "case" investigated by Ben Jordan, the protagonist and player character. Each game features the main title and a subtitle, usually relating to the plot of the case. The series distinguishes itself from other games about paranormal investigation in that many of the paranormal phenomena are taken from real-life legends and folklore.

There were originally nine games planned, but one was dropped because of a weak plot.

Cases Edit

Case 1: In search of the skunk ape Edit

In Jordan’s first case, he is called to the Wikipedia:Everglades, where he investigates the murder of a ranger who was another victim of a serial killer who rips the liver out of his victims’ bodies, and the murders are connected to the local legend of the Wikipedia:skunk ape. The game was re-released in a deluxe version containing new puzzles and a speech pack and new graphics.

Case 2: Lost galleon of the Salton Sea Edit

Jordan goes to Wikipedia:southern California to a small desert town called Dunesberg near the Wikipedia:Salton Sea. There he is called by a woman to look for her disappeared husband who went to the Salton Sea in search of a lost Spanish Wikipedia:galleon that carried gold and drowned in there. The game was re-released in a deluxe version containing new puzzles and a speech pack and new graphics.

Case 3: The Sorceress of Smailholm Edit

In his first case out of US, Jordan goes to a small village called Wikipedia:Smailholm in Scotland, to investigate the death of two little girls and prove the innocence of young woman named Mary Blaine. But he discovers secrets in witchcraft about the village. In this case he meets a detective and an Oxford professor named Percival Quentin Jones who helps him in later cases.

Case 4: Horror at number 50 Edit

Jordan goes to London as he is called by a house owner with a group of different paranormal investigators to look into weird events in the house that is connected to a horrific incident that happened in the house about 150 years ago. In the case, he meets Alice Wilkins and Simon Booth, who became his friends and accompanied him in later cases.

Case 5: Land of the rising dead Edit

Jordan, accompanied by Wilkins and Booth, goes to Wikipedia:Osaka, Japan to investigate the mysterious deaths of important company managers, while there are leads that indicate that they were murdered by Wikipedia:zombies.

Case 6: Scourge of the sea people Edit

Ben, Alice and Simon go to Wikipedia:Greece for their vacation. In the airport, Ben learns from a woman about the Wikipedia:sea people and the turmoil they’re causing in a place called Agia Anna. So Ben agrees with the taxi driver to take him there without telling his true intentions to his friends. There he investigates incidents connected to the ancient Greek mythology.

Case 7: The cardinal sins Edit

After spending the Christmas with his family in Philadelphia, Ben is called to Rome by an actor who killed a priest and claims that he was possessed by a demon, and on the way discovers a secret organization called the knights of St Anthony. The game was added with a speech pack and maker commentaries by Francisco Gonzalez.

AGS AwardsEdit

Year Game Won Nominated
2004 Case 3 Playable Character (Ben Jordan)
Documentation
Story
Game
Supporting Character (Detective Jones)
Music
Dialogue
2005 Case 4 Game
Dialogue
Gameplay
Use of sound
Playable Character
Music
Documentaion
Story
Puzzles
2006 Case 1 Deluxe Use of sound None
2007 Case 6 None Game
Playable Character (Ben Jordan)
Music
Dialogue
Gameplay
Puzzles
2008 Case 7 Music
Dialoge
Use of sound
Voice work
Game
Documentation
Story
Gameplay
Puzzles
Background
Programming
2010 Case 2 Deluxe Voice work None

Ben Jordan Unofficial MovieEdit

Shortly after the creation of case 7, Grundislav teamed up with filmmaker Wikipedia:Mark Lovegrove at the AGS meeting known as Mittens to make a Ben Jordan film called Le Chateaux Macabre.[1] Although the pattern of paranormal investigation follows suit, the movie was much more bleak than the original Ben Jordan games. It is unofficial and able to be watched on Youtube.

The Plot:

Ben Jordan is in France, after the events of the series. By chance, he meets a man staying in a hotel haunted by a ghost that makes people commit suicide (falling into the swamp, falling off a balcony, etc.). He decides to investigate it and has a few suspects, like the Janitor, the Manager, and several people who die throughout the film.

Trivia:

There was a reference to AGS Forums, referring to the program that designed the games, but AGS in the movie stood for Abnormal Ghost Society.

The sequel "Ben Jordan: Must Die" has been in production since August 2010. It stars Grundislav as Ben Jordan and takes place in two main locations in Italy and England.[2]

A spinoff movie, tentatively titled "Das Banshee" was filmed in Rosslare, Ireland during the last week of August, 2011. It is expected to be released shortly after the final game.

Critical receptionEdit

Games of the series have been reviewed by specialized websites[3][4][5][6][7][8][9] as well as a mainstream magazine.[10]

It was a runner up in the adventuregamers.com 2004 underground awards.[11]


Citations Edit

  1. Le Chateau Macabre movie page. Screen7.co.uk. Retrieved on December 2, 2011.
  2. Ben Jordan movie sequel page. Screen7.co.uk. Retrieved on December 2, 2011.
  3. Ben Jordan 1 review at justadventure.comTemplate:Dead link
  4. Case 1 review at Adventure Lantern. Adventurelantern.com. Retrieved on December 2, 2011.
  5. Case 2 review at Adventure Lantern. Adventurelantern.com. Retrieved on December 2, 2011.
  6. Case 1 review at. Adventuregamers.com (June 23, 2004). Retrieved on December 2, 2011.
  7. Case 4 review at. Adventuregamers.com (March 5, 2005). Retrieved on December 2, 2011.
  8. Case 5 review at. Adventuregamers.com (April 1, 2006). Retrieved on December 2, 2011.
  9. Case 7 review at. Adventuregamers.com (October 7, 2008). Retrieved on December 2, 2011.
  10. Ben Jordan Case 5 article in UK PC Zone magazineTemplate:Deadlink. Americangirlscouts.org (not the Girl Scouts at all, an Adventure Game Studio page) (January 7, 2007). Retrieved on December 2, 2011.
  11. Ben Jordan runner up in adventuregamers.com 2004 underground awards. Adventuregamers.com (March 29, 2005). Retrieved on December 2, 2011.

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