Not just any new-ish point and click adventure, but a crowdfunded, kickstarted point and click adventure written and directed by Tim Schafer, and his first one since Grim Fandango back in ‘98.
Not just a new-ish, crowdfunded, Tim Schafer point and click adventure, but one with celebrity voices of a pretty fun calibre too!
And along with all that, this game is a bloomin’ good laugh to play!
And it seems I’m not the only one that thought so. I’m sure some of you played it on Steam, some on Xbox, some of you maybe even played it on your phone / tablet, and you all enjoyed it enough to name it 2015’s funniest game (even though it really came out in 2014…)
And rightly so! From the subversive, to the deadpan to slapstick, this little beauty has it all. Want Jack Black as a cult leading kleptomaniac? You got it! Want Will Wheaton as a hipster lumberjack? Come on down! Graphic stool whittling action, fiery enough to make you bring up your sap? It’s here too!!!
I don’t think it’s unfair to say that for me, and I’m sure for a lot of you, this game filled a Guybrush, Elaine and LeChuck shaped hole that I’ve noticed recently. A simpler time, with some funny solutions to some seemingly random puzzles, combining the absurd with the obscure to make the sublimely obvious. Listening to the machinations of the forever doomed and the ostensibly insane along the way and letting out more laughs than you expected when you first got into it.
Some of this one was very ‘Inception’ a story within a game within a story within a game… You get the point! Seemingly disparate strands of story careening away from each other end up inexplicably in the same place, and I loved that!
I love a game that can be innocently bawdy, then give you a wink that lets you know that it was all intended and you don’t just have a brain permanently in the gutter. I don’t think that any of the above comes as a surprise to anyone who’s played through Grim Fandango, it is all in Tim Schafers M.O. And I for one hope that this signals a return to what he does so well.
I think one thing that made this game so much more of a hit in 2015 is that it was released all in one go, original players had to wait 15 months for act 2 of this one and that, I’m told, was exceptionally frustrating, probably more so than getting a pitch whistle stuck in your throat!
In a year where every game I played seemed so very serious, Sunset Overdrive excluded, this one was a breath of ladder up in the clouds fresh air.
Oh and Elijah Wood did a voice in it too, but he annoys me…