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Ratings by Doom

Hypnospace Outlaw


Stars - 45

Rating by Doom posted on Nov 10, 2019 | edit | delete

Edna & Harvey: Harvey's New Eyes


Stars - 30

Rating by Doom posted on Oct 20, 2019 | edit | delete

Sumatra: Fate of Yandi


Stars - 35

Rating by Doom posted on Sep 27, 2019 | edit | delete

Gibbous: A Cthulhu Adventure


Stars - 30

Rating by Doom posted on Sep 26, 2019 | edit | delete

Blade Runner


Stars - 50

Rating by Doom posted on Sep 20, 2019 | edit | delete

Irony Curtain: From Matryoshka with Love


Stars - 25

Rating by Doom posted on May 27, 2019 | edit | delete


A 70-year-old joke


I read in some promotional material that the game satirizing communism was made by people “who lived there”. The devs are Poles who indeed lived under communism for 40 years. And yet their game feels little more than a collection of all cold war cliches about Soviet Russia. The country of Matryoshka is presented as a post-apocalyptic society with decayed red-grey settings and endless Stalin/vodka/Gulag jokes. Same game could’ve been easily made by Americans or Brits. In fact Russians themselves made Red Comrades Save the Galaxy some 20 years ago that worked much better as a satire.

That’s not to say that the devs were trying to make a quick buck - despite the depressing setting the game is stylishly drawn and animated with lots of neat details and references. Evan the protagonist himself is a mix of Guybrush, Larry and Rufus. Another source of humour is inventory: the interface allows to manipulate items in a close-up view, and boy do I admire the fantasy of those artists who drew them.

Puzzles are of traditional sort, and there are lots of them - in fact too many for my taste. Taking that the game usually locks you up in 2-3 locations, the inventory-heavy gameplay gets frustrating at times, like in the 2nd chapter when Evan is running in circles doing 10+ fetch quests at once. By the time I received the key item I forgot who even asked me to bring it and why. And the further we move, the more linear and obscure it gets. There are also a bunch of logic puzzles and mini-games thrown in (mostly hitting-the-right-picture sort), none are too exciting.

No surprises in the story department as well, everything is obvious from the start. What I found ironic though is that during the final segments the game that satirized propaganda turns into propaganda itself, gloryfying American special forces that bring peace all over the world. That’s not how satire works, comrades, especially in 2019.


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Time Played: 5-10 hours
Difficulty: Easy

Guard Duty


Stars - 25

Rating by Doom posted on May 8, 2019 | edit | delete

Beneath a Steel Sky


Stars - 30

Rating by Doom posted on May 2, 2019 | edit | delete

Mage's Initiation: Reign of the Elements


Stars - 35

Rating by Doom posted on Feb 16, 2019 | edit | delete

Forgotton Anne


Stars - 30

Rating by Doom posted on Feb 12, 2019 | edit | delete

Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Don't Dry


Stars - 30

Rating by Doom posted on Feb 12, 2019 | edit | delete

Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis


Stars - 40

Rating by Doom posted on Jan 17, 2019 | edit | delete

Toonstruck


Stars - 35

Rating by Doom posted on Dec 28, 2018 | edit | delete

Return of the Obra Dinn


Stars - 50

Rating by Doom posted on Nov 9, 2018 | edit | delete

Post Mortem


Stars - 20

Rating by Doom posted on Oct 21, 2018 | edit | delete

Amber: Journeys Beyond


Stars - 45

Rating by Doom posted on Oct 15, 2018 | edit | delete

Darkside Detective, The


Stars - 30

Rating by Doom posted on Oct 2, 2018 | edit | delete

Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned


Stars - 50

Rating by Doom posted on Sep 14, 2018 | edit | delete

Shivers


Stars - 40

Rating by Doom posted on Sep 14, 2018 | edit | delete

Unavowed


Stars - 35

Rating by Doom posted on Aug 22, 2018 | edit | delete

Little Kite


Stars - 30

Rating by Doom posted on Jul 30, 2018 | edit | delete

Detective Gallo


Stars - 25

Rating by Doom posted on Jun 28, 2018 | edit | delete

Kathy Rain


Stars - 35

Rating by Doom posted on Jun 20, 2018 | edit | delete

Unforeseen Incidents


Stars - 35

Rating by Doom posted on Jun 19, 2018 | edit | delete

Karma. Incarnation 1


Stars - 40

Rating by Doom posted on May 5, 2018 | edit | delete

Earthworms


Stars - 20

Rating by Doom posted on Apr 25, 2018 | edit | delete

Full Pipe


Stars - 40

Rating by Doom posted on Apr 25, 2018 | edit | delete

Botanicula


Stars - 40

Rating by Doom posted on Apr 25, 2018 | edit | delete

CHUCHEL


Stars - 25

Rating by Doom posted on Apr 24, 2018 | edit | delete

Apocalipsis: Harry at the End of the World


Stars - 15

Rating by Doom posted on Apr 23, 2018 | edit | delete

Technobabylon


Stars - 35

Rating by Doom posted on Apr 23, 2018 | edit | delete

Gorogoa


Stars - 45

Rating by Doom posted on Jan 9, 2018 | edit | delete

Inner World: The Last Wind Monk, The


Stars - 40

Rating by Doom posted on Jan 1, 2018 | edit | delete

Paradigm


Stars - 25

Rating by Doom posted on Jul 6, 2017 | edit | delete

Chronicle of Innsmouth


Stars - 30

Rating by Doom posted on Jun 21, 2017 | edit | delete

Thimbleweed Park


Stars - 40

Rating by Doom posted on Apr 6, 2017 | edit | delete

Ween: The Prophecy


Stars - 40

Rating by Doom posted on Mar 13, 2017 | edit | delete

Goblins Quest 3


Stars - 50

Rating by Doom posted on Feb 15, 2017 | edit | delete

Goetia


Stars - 40

Rating by Doom posted on Feb 15, 2017 | edit | delete

Heaven's Hope


Stars - 40

Rating by Doom posted on Feb 10, 2017 | edit | delete

Quern: Undying Thoughts


Stars - 45

Rating by Doom posted on Dec 20, 2016 | edit | delete

Obduction


Stars - 40

Rating by Doom posted on Nov 23, 2016 | edit | delete

King's Quest (2015/2016)


Stars - 20

Rating by Doom posted on Nov 18, 2016 | edit | delete

Loom


Stars - 50

Rating by Doom posted on May 25, 2016 | edit | delete

Bizarre Adventures of Woodruff and the Schnibble, The


Stars - 50

Rating by Doom posted on May 25, 2016 | edit | delete

Broken Age


Stars - 25

Rating by Doom posted on May 25, 2016 | edit | delete

Armikrog.


Stars - 30

Rating by Doom posted on May 25, 2016 | edit | delete

Red Comrades Save the Galaxy – Reloaded


Stars - 40

Rating by Doom posted on May 12, 2016 | edit | delete

Shivah, The


Stars - 20

Rating by Doom posted on Apr 29, 2016 | edit | delete

Order of the Thorne: The King's Challenge


Stars - 30

Rating by Doom posted on Apr 11, 2016 | edit | delete

Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet


Stars - 25

Rating by Doom posted on Mar 23, 2016 | edit | delete

Dropsy


Stars - 50

Rating by Doom posted on Nov 17, 2015 | edit | delete

Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers – 20th Anniversary Edition


Stars - 30

Rating by Doom posted on Oct 17, 2014 | edit | delete


Who is the target audience?


I’m not sure. If they aimed at modern crowd, they probably missed the mark. Not only the hardest and/or archaic parts were left untouched. Some frustrating logic puzzles were added. They make zero sense, they are no fun. And why would anyone EVER want to solve a “bonus” gem puzzle?

The graphics are now HD, but hardly up-to-date. Because of choppy animation some scenes that require good pathfinding or quick reflexes might really get on your nerves now. Not to mention that quite a number of animations are completely gone, making it more of a downgrade. The interface was reworked, and that’s certainly good news for those used to simpler point-n-clicks. Although that panel at the bottom reminds me of hidden object games too much.

Old-timers will immediately notice the significant change in art style. Many locations feel less atmospheric, lack details, character, New Orleans! Some of them - like the family castle - were completely redrawn. I do appreciate the updated cutscenes though. Now they look wonderful!

Slight adjustments were made to the gameplay. Unnecessary linearity was added here and there. Some locations are hidden or closed for stupid reasons unless you really need them. Several episodes were reworked as well. For example, one beautiful puzzle that required a little attention from the player was barbarically removed and substituted with a primitive “take/use” manipulation for no reason.

While the game certainly looks more polished compared to Moebius and Cognition, and obviously more effort was put into production, it still feels like a budget re-release, not a remake of one of the greatest adventure games. And it’s not just about the lack of money; it’s about craftsmanship. I’m not so sure Gabriel Knight 4 would be such a good idea now.


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Time Played: 5-10 hours
Difficulty: Just Right

Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse


Stars - 45

Rating by Doom posted on May 15, 2014 | edit | delete


Paris in the Spring


Everyone waited for this moment: Broken Sword returns in a great shape! Die you blocky 3D, no more Sokoban and pseudo platforming, no dragons and dan browns in our Re-Sequeled Kingdom. Shiny, beautiful hand-drawn 2D panoramas and point-n-click gameplay is all we ever wanted. Thank you, Charles Cecil and the team.

There are also ancient mysteries to uncover, British humour to admire, bloody thriller to be afraid of and lots of cameos to hug. Actually, I wouldn’t distance the game from Angel of Death that much. The writing (not storytelling, mind you) is closer to the number 4 rather than the first 2 entries and has Neil Richards written all over it. Which means the game is more goofy, puzzle logic is a bit wild and crazy, and George is almost as impossible as Guybrush or Simon. And I like that.

I would even go as far as to call The Serpent’s Curse the funniest adventure game of the past several years. George feels the need to touch everything he sees and to tell his opinion about all things around, often in a load voice, which results in displeased comments. What really helps is the highly interactive environment. And so does George’s habit to fill his pockets with all kind of junk and then casually suggest it to people. The star of the show is, no doubt, the pet cockroach Trevor.

Nico also returns as a playable character, and let me argue with those reviews stating that she is used only as a sex distraction. Not true at all. Contrariwise, a couple of her attempts fail miserably, and she even ends convincing one of the villains to resign in a philosophical debate! There are many other characters scattered around that stay true to the once chosen style. Only this time they are modeled in 3D. This gives them a Pendulo feel, but I guess it was unavoidable in a high-res adventure. Still there are many, many stunning locations to admire, which I did.

As others mention, the game starts slowly and gives the plot some time to unfold. We learn about Gnosticism and an old picture everyone’s after, and that’s basically it. BS5 is dialogue-heavy and also pretty damn bloody at this point, yet suspiciously light on puzzles. Well, Revolution heard those suspicions and loaded the 2nd part with all sort of obstacles, including a couple of g-g-goat puzzles and a really tricky code cracking. As such, the game ends as a truly fulfilling experience, especially if you play both chapters in a row, one by one. Which I did.


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Time Played: 10-20 hours

Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure


Stars - 45

Rating by Doom posted on May 15, 2014 | edit | delete


Tex Murphy, good as new


What I expect from a good Tex Murphy adventure?

B-movie fun: Tesla Effect returns to the postapocalyptic world full of mutants and weirdos. Old and new, they greet you either with a cheesy joke or with a fist. The main hero - Tex Murphy - is a private dick and a dance instructor always surrounded by a noir atmosphere, beautiful women and filthy neighborhood. He may fail at sitting down his chair, yet somehow he always succeeds at saving the world. Your perfect mix of sci-fi, mystery, comedy and intentionally cliched plot - CHECK!

3D versus FMV: A whole new engine and a fairly functional 3D provides us with a solid real-time investigation, while Chris Jones, Richard Norton, June Lockhart, Todd Bridges and others provide us with hours and hours of quality video. Pleasantly interactive (at least for the most part), sometimes dangerously fatal surroundings require careful examination for clues, junk or hidden gags. Chris Jones is in a great shape, and his acting skills are better then ever. Not to mention the splendid work by special effect team - CHECK!

Puzzles are a mixed bag: Inventory puzzles are quite easy and straightforward. A number of object hunting activities where you search for tiny little objects between floor cracks and inside (hundreds of!) drawers might irritate some. But I found those fun and refreshing, if you don’t count that one time when I got seriously stuck and was sent to asylum for a couple of days. And, of course, there are puzzles of all sort, from memory and 8-puzzle to a number of original brainteasers. They can be often solved in a short period of time and never get frustrating. Still, we have a solid bag here - CHECK!

But skipping all further formalities, I have to say that I really enjoyed my time spent with Tex. It is everything Chris and Aaron promised to me, and I have very few issues with the game. Some puzzles could’ve been harder and less cliched, writing could’ve been wittier (like those deja vus from previous games - crack me up even now!). Also there seem to be not enough action in the last several chapters. Then again, there are multiple endings for your amusement. And did I mention how awesome is Chris as Tex? What can I say: 90s are back!


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Time Played: 10-20 hours