The Gabriel Knight series of point and click adventure games were some of the most highly regarded adventure games of their time. To celebrate the first game’s 20th anniversary, co-developers Pinkerton Road and Phoenix Online Studios came together to remake the game. Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers 20th Anniversary Remake is a love letter from the dev teams to one of the granddaddies of the point and click genre.
This remake retains 95% of the content from the original game. The remaining percentage consists of updates to a few puzzles to make them more intuitive and less frustrating, as well as updates to the UI so players aren’t at a loss with regards to what objects in the environments can be interacted with. The improved UI eliminates players clicking every single pixel on the screen to figure out what the next step in the puzzle or investigation should be. Bringing up a list of actions you can do saves on the guess work inherent to the originals.
Obviously, the most impressionable changes are in the visuals department. The environments look great, ditching the pixelated look for a mix between drawn 2D backgrounds and rendered 3D foregrounds that can be interacted with. The static talking heads from the first game have been revamped with fully rendered talking heads that give a sense of identity to each character and make it easier for players to relate to the different characters.
While the developers would have liked to have remastered the original audio, the audio files were much too compressed to stand up to the high standards expected by gamers today. The original actors were also unfortunately unavailable either due to scheduling conflicts or expensive fees for their services, so the remake features all new dialogue recordings for each character. The new voice actors keep their work faithful to the original portrayals while introducing a bit of a personal touch to the dialogue.
Gamers can take a trip down memory lane when Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers 20th Anniversary Remake releases later this summer for PC and Mac.