Normally fantasy adventures come in two types: the light, comedic cartoon adventures like The Legend of Kyrandia and Simon the Sorcerer, and the dark, brooding "high" fantasies in the vein of The Lord of the Rings. Leave it to a wacky group of Italian developers called 2finger to upset this delicate balance by blending the two styles together in MADievals, their debut point-and-click adventure available now through Early Access.
The kingdom of Manzasun, where "danger is always around the corner," has recently become "afflicted by a curse, the CuPeNEver, and surrounded by a terrible eternal darkness." Enter one "fearless knight named Rusty Steelknee, hunter of precious relics," who arrives not to save the day but in search of "the Idol Lamp, kept inside the Ascension Temple." Little is known about this mysterious armoured outsider, except that "he’s never separated from his helm, his horse Spoffy or his cast iron drawers." Soon, however, due to "both his proud temper and a series of not exactly accidental coincidences," Rusty finds himself caught up in a much bigger adventure than he bargained for.
A first look at the realistic 3D environments ranging from muddy marshes to serene countrysides to mighty strongholds might lead you to believe that MADievals is a serious adventure, but the game promises to blend its "grotesque atmospheres" with plenty of comedy in an experience that is "perfect for the whole family." The protagonist has a self-deprecating, sarcastic sense of humour that continually lightens the mood as he attempts to overcome the many "absurd and zany scenarios" in his path. Along the way, players will interact with a varied cast of "bizarre characters" and solve a number of puzzles that are unusual but possess their own internal logic.
While the complete version of MADievals isn't due to be finished for about another year, the first of four planned chapters is available now on Steam Early Access for a reduced price. The developers plan to avail themselves of community feedback and release new chapters quarterly until the game is finished. To learn more about it, be sure to drop by the official website for additional details.