Lamplight City is quite a charming little game, that is pleasure to look at and listen to. Unfortunatly, there are some drawbacks, that prevent it to never really realizing its great potential.
The main problem is, that there is actually nothing to really do in this game. It’s an interactive novel in the true sense of the word. It’s click - dialogue - click - dialogue - change of location - click - dialogue… The game doesn’t even provide an inventory, so practically you can’t use anything to anywhere!
Now, usually I don’t think that games can contain too much dialogue, but this time I ...actually did. Though i’m not really certain is it the amount of it, or the fact that the conversations are unimaginative and quite pointless in many occations. This combined to the interactive novel -concept, makes this matter even more pressing.
The voice acting is okay for the most part, but it certainly isn’t the shining virtue of this game. Some characters are actually quite painful to listen to, and, unfortunately Bill is one of them, and we’ll hear him a LOT. Best actor is the one providing the voice for Addy. She’s emotinal and vibrant.
The best score of Lamplight City comes certainly from the heartwarming vintage graphics and nice soundwork. The cases are interesting enough, but the detective playground is appallingly small, and the conversation choises really tend to take away rather than give, like the game’s official reviewer said.
In the end, its a nice game with overflowing amount of dialogue and nothing to actually do, but on the other hand, its certainly easy on the eyes and ears.
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Time Played: 5-10 hours
Difficulty: Very Easy