Bayou Island is a cute, 3rd person, comedic, short cartoony adventure which clearly makes the player immediately think of Monkey Island, or Jack Keane, or Ghost Pirates of Vooju Island, or Captain Morgane or….well, you get the idea.
There is little backstory as your character finds himself on a Central American Island having lost his boat and wife. The aim is immediately apparent and that is finding his boat and getting off the island.
The next couple of hours are spent playing through a host of mostly simple puzzles, with one exception that took me almost half my game time to finally figure out. Puzzles are fair and it is almost always immediately apparent as to what needs to be done.
I enjoyed the colourful and effective graphics and the music fit the scenarios perfectly. The gringo in Central America feeling was well done.
Voice acting was grating, if I’m to be honest. The main character speaks in an accent that reeks of Southern English sarcasm. For 10 minutes it was fine, but the continuous sarcastic ‘wit’ became tedious very fast. The other characters were generally fine.
Gameplay is simple and clear. There was no confusion as to how to combine or use objects.
The full price of this game is low and very fair. Thus I am
awarding the game 3.5 stars to take this into account. I’d recommend this game for a beginner or an adventurer who needs a confidence boost through being able to complete a game without need of a walkthrough.
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Time Played: 2-5 hours