MOTAS: The Mystery of Time and Space

Point & Click adventure games have been around for a very long time; indeed, some of the earliest big titles were of this genre. We’ve had the Monkey Island franchise, Grim Fandango, Broken Sword – And then we had the Mystery of Time & Space (MOTAS). Recently on our Discord channel, I got into a conversation with Jason from VidyaSauce, who was live streaming himself playing Elea – A new game that identifies itself as an Indie Adventure game. When I saw the sci-fi theme of the game, I was immediately brought back to MOTAS – A game that I and my family loved to bits.

Point & Click adventure games have been around for a very long time; indeed, some of the earliest big titles were of this genre. We’ve had the Monkey Island franchise, Grim Fandango, Broken Sword – And then we had the Mystery of Time & Space (MOTAS). Recently on our Discord channel, I got into a conversation with Jason from VidyaSauce, who was live streaming himself playing Elea – A new game that identifies itself as an Indie Adventure game. When I saw the sci-fi theme of the game, I was immediately brought back to MOTAS – A game that I and my family loved to bits.

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Video Game Review – Deponia: The Complete Journey

Point and Click Adventure game fans rejoice, for there is a video game series that manages to capture the glory of the old LucasArts classics! Whilst there is little out that that will be precisely what you’re looking for in terms of replaying games like Monkey Island, Deponia: The Complete Journey is a close shave to the games of old. So what is it like playing through this series and how does this particular title stack up to the golden oldies?

Point and Click Adventure game fans rejoice, for there is a video game series that manages to capture the glory of the old LucasArts classics! Whilst there is little out that that will be precisely what you’re looking for in terms of replaying games like Monkey Island, Deponia: The Complete Journey is a close shave to the games of old. So what is it like playing through this series and how does this particular title stack up to the golden oldies?

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Story

In Deponia: The Complete Journey, you start off by playing as Rufus, who is a rather uncouth character. He is quick to point out the flaws of others without looking at any of his own, which is a perfect character to play as! He’s quite unlikeable in terms of character but has a certain charm in his own way, however I like that he’s like this. Rufus wants to leave the trash planet Deponia desperately. It’s a planet that’s filled with junk, junk and more junk so Rufus hatches a cunning plan.

As another one of his ingenious plans backfires on him and causes him to have to readdress the way he does things, Rufus sees the beautiful Goal and vows to try to help her out. He really should have left her alone as he causes her more trouble than good. Now Rufus makes it his goal to help her out all in the way pretending to be Goals fiancee because they look exactly the same. A common complaint all people suffer when attracting a partner, so I’m sure you’ll sympathise!

Graphics

As is now customary with our video game reviews, we believe pictures speak a thousand words. Here is a gallery of pictures from very early in the game:

Audio

The voice actors and actresses in this game are staggering, which helps to bring an air of realism to the world of Deponia. It’s honestly exciting hearing such clear voices and no over-acting for any of them. There are a few with wilder voices, but even then, it doesn’t detract from the characters at any point.

One special feature of The Complete Journey over previous versions is that it features commentary by the developers of the game. I love listening to the developers explain their decisions over some of the design and some of the lore of the game. They usually chat with an in-game character during their commentary parts, which is quite funny to listen to.

This game features a lot of dialogue and you’ll get used to just listening to them through several long events. Couple this with nice and clear sound effects and music for the game where the music isn’t too overpowering, and you’ve got a great game. One special nod from me however goes to the fact that they allow you to shift the sound of the music down and keep the vocals up. This is a blessing in disguise because I find that with a lot of games, if you have the music at the same level as the voice actors, you can’t hear them so well.

Overall

Give this game a go if you’re a fan of the old school point and click adventure games, with games such as Monkey Island, (Especially The Curse of Monkey Island,) at the forefront of the adventure game genre. Whilst that’s certainly true, we needed a modern day LucasArts and it seems that Daedalic Entertainment are our LucasArts. Thanks guys, you’ve crafted a truly entertaining game with some memorable characters. Especially that Rufut, as rude and as horrid as he is.

Have you played any of the Deponia games? I bought the game when it was on sale on Steam, which is a great way to pick up any game you feel like having a go at. As always, let us know what you think about the game in the comments below, over on Facebook or on Twitter.