What do video games and charity have in common? SpecialEffect and their GameBlast events: A video game stream for charity, that’s what! On February 26th to February 28th, a continuous stream will be happening from the Gamely Giving group, set up by 1001Up. Those who attended the last GeekOut Meetup will have heard me stick my hand out and say that I’m part of this stream, for a wholesome 5 hours (potentially more!) So what will I be doing for my part of GameBlast 2016?
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?
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!
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:
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.
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.