A Quiet Weekend in Capri
First-Person PC Adventure Game
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Computer Game Review
confession: I haven't been able to finish playing a computer game since King's Quest
IV, and I never could figure out Myst. So I'm probably the last
person who should be reviewing A Quiet Weekend in Capri as a computer
game--but that probably doesn't matter, because (at least for our readers) the
gaming aspects of the program matter less than its appeal to Capri fans
and armchair travelers.
A Quiet Weekend in Capri is a mostly nonverbal
adventure/mystery game in the style of Myst. The game manual provides a
short introduction and setup:
You are a tourist visiting Capri for the
first time, with a ticket for the boat, a credit card, some money, an empty
travel notebook, and a reservation for the Hotel Quisisana. You board your
boat for Capri, your eyes scanning the horizon. In the distance you see the
cliffs of the island looming ever closer. Finally, you dock and exit the
boat with the rest of the tourists. A taxi drives you close to the famous
Piazzetta. You pay the driver and start walking down the crowded, noisy
streets. You stop at a magazine stand asking for directions to the hotel.
Here, you also pick up a map of the island. With the map, you leave and
floow the directions you are given, finally coming to the steps on the
hotel. Suddenly, something strange happens. You are still near the door of
the Hotel Quisisana but all other tourists have disappeared! Looks like
somebody or something is plotting against you. Your vacation now seems
ruined, but luckily, you have the notebook with you...
To play the game, you click your way through 4,500 photographic
images of Capri while you search for answers and "utilize strange inventions by
an eccentric island scientist" who made a mistake in one of his experiments and
trapped you in another dimension. You must find "The Code" as you explore the
beautiful island of Capri.
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