I’m currently playing
Clara Laura Bow: The Dagger of Amon Ra, which is an old Sierra adventure game. It’s actually my first taste of proper, old school Sierra where you can die and fail for totally ridiculous reasons (the only other Sierra game I’ve played fully is Gabriel Knight, which is kinder and LucasArts-influenced).
The game’s a bit different to what I was expecting. For a start, there’s voice acting. But it’s terrible and I’ve turned it off. It’s funnier than I was expecting, though the humour’s gradually crept in, rather than being up-front and absurd like your Monkey Islands. And it’s not as all-ages friendly as I, for some, reason assumed it was. So far in the game I’ve been repeatedly propositioned by a randy lesbian flapper in the toilets of a speak-easy; died after being run over in the street; died after getting randomly (I think) mugged while standing in the street and disturbed a drunk hobo so I could grab his newspaper blanket and take a coupon from it. You know, standard adventure game stuff.