When you mention Coktel Vision the 1st thing that comes to your mind apart from it being a Part of Sierra’s Golden Age of Adventure Gaming is Gobliiins (trilogy) and 2nd is The Bizarre Adventures of Woodruff and the Schnibble .
The game was released 1994 and it was a sort of breakthrough for Adventure Gaming at that time ,especially for Sierra_Online as the high-resolution used for Woodruff and the Schnibble is what Sierra had used and rolled on with it, to take the company to a next level. also The elimination of verbs scrolling interface to a simple one left click . which Sierra used at their next developed games Such KQ7 .
as fun as it would seem but at that time the game hadn’t got as much credits for that, and many complained about the often ludicrously hard puzzles, the lack of original music, and the repetitive background sound effects; complaints that were often echoed in every review came out for the game.
The story as it goes from the start describes how humanity has finally returned to the surface of the Earth after living near the planet’s core for centuries, following a nuclear war, to discover a peaceful race mutants called Boozooks, living in the middle of the jungles that now the whole world. The humans easily overpower or dominate the world again and the (Boozooks as well), killing many of them while enslaving the rest.
The game starts with a scene inside a small house, where Woodruff (our hero) just a little baby mutant playing with his teddy bear on a table, while another man presumed to be his father works on a contraption (looked like a pair of headphones). Suddenly, someone breaks in, and Woodruff’s father as fast jams the contraption onto his son’s head, and hide him into a box. The father get knocked out and dragged away, all that while Woodruff watches in horror from his hiding place.
Your playing and control over Woodruff starts within moments of this terrible event, woodruff transformed into a teenager in a jiffy .
Woodruff not able to remember anything of what happened as growing up that fast left him with blacked memory for things are very old and distant, when all had just happened upon the just last minute ,who he is? or what has just happened?, only one thing clear in Woodruff’s mind is the word “Schnibble” that echos on n on.
as you move on into the world of Woodruff’s the more things around you and goals become clearer.
The Game comes with a cartoon-like appearance similar in art style and design to the Gobliiins series ,it is fully Voiced and such great voice acting as well, with some issues with the Subtitles as the game was not Originally released with, but that was fixed at SCUMMVM .
The Game really could not had been titled any thing but Bizarre!, from weird characters , Strange voices, and warped humor to the layout of classic adventure gaming, that will challenge every and even the most greatest experienced player.
new Adventure gamers would surely be annoyed with Woodruff slow movement..no double clicking to a fast jump into the next screen as well ...etc and all the luxurious.
The puzzles of the game are downright hysterical (Bizarre) with a lot of interesting (original) inventory ones, were nothing is what it seems!!.
The inventory itself is always easily accessed by one right mouse click. but (uncommonly) discludes using Inventory with each other.
The Bizarre Adventures of Woodruff and the Schnibble holds more than 14-18 hours of gameplaying, with a great story, great humor and above all challenging puzzles that will kick you back right to the great early classic days.
The Bizarre Adventures of Woodruff and the Schnibble is much fun Adventure to play even now, after almost more than 16 years of its release.
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Time Played: 10-20 hours
Difficulty: Very Hard