Supreme League Of Patriots follows the adventures of Kyle Keever, an overweight and under intelligent man, who by day works at a local police station and at night wishes to be a superhero, despite the lack of the prerequisite super powers. While auditioning for the reality TV show, America’s Got Superpowers, a series of on set accidents discombobulates Kyle so much that he suddenly transitions into his superhero alter ego, the Purple Patriot. After cutting through the bureaucratic red tape for him to be officially recognised as a super hero, Kyle finally gets to take on a super villain.
One of the main themes throughout the 3 episodes is a satirical look at modern culture’s obsessions; reality TV, the fascination with celebrity status, video game tropes and politics frequently come under scathing attack. Kyle’s transition into the Purple Patriot also gives the developers the chance to poke fun at America’s jingoism. While these are all extremely valid topics for humour, the delivery often falls flat and that’s a big problem for a game that seems to be pushing the jokes front and centre as a selling point. Politics is always a tough one to pull off, and it doesn’t help when I’m an English bloke being told gags about Liberals and Republicans. While some of the jokes landed, others whooshed straight over my head. Similarly, the video game jokes were oddly outdated, such as the pointed attack on Duke Nukem Forever’s development time and misogyny, a topic only understood by the people who cared enough to follow its protracted development and bought it despite the god-awful reviews.
The ultimate problem with the use of humour though is that it’s laid on so incredibly thickly. It seems that every time you click on the screen, there’s a comment or gag delivered. Not only does it start to grate rather quickly, it also serves to continually slow down progress through the game. It’s a constant frustration when you’re trying to perform a simple ‘use item task’, but then you’re held up because Kyle needs to say something stupid and then Mel just has to land a witty retort.
In true point and click adventure style, the difficulty of the problems you need to solve wildly vary throughout each level. Whilst some are obvious and in your face, others need Mystic Meg levels of foresight in order to solve them. For those of us without the ability to see into the future or mind read the developers, you’ll have to resort to the tried and tested point and click technique of CLICK EVERYTHING UNTIL SOMETHING DOES SOMETHING.
In order to alleviate the difficulty, Supreme League Of Patriots does have a help system in the form of the ever present Mel. If the player is stuck at any point, a click on Mel reveals a dialogue option in which he’ll deliver a not particularly subtle hint for progression past your current task. While some may cast a scornful look upon a point and click adventure game containing such a mechanic, I personally found it handy on the few occasions the game delivered more esoteric problems than usual.
In terms of presentation, graphically the game is decent, although nothing spectacular. Character design is well varied throughout, the levels are nicely designed, and there’s a lovely vivid palette of colours through the entire game. It also comes with a sort of retro feel to it, quite fitting for a genre that has fallen somewhat out of favour. Similarly, the voice over work is also of a good standard. For example, Kyle’s voice portrays just the right level of dimwittedness to let you know he’s not the sharpest tool in the box, and Mel’s British accent is well suited for a character who seems to deliver a sarcastic remark in every sentence. On the other hand, the score underpinning the game is fairly dreadful and repetitive and, to make matters worse, will restart if you walk from one room into the next, sometimes leaving you on a constant loop of just a few bars of music.
A quick note for anyone who does considering delving into the game; there is no auto save, so ensure you manually save! I lost an entire night of progress when I absent mindedly closed the game prior to saving.
All in all, we’ve got something of a mixed bag here. There’s a decent game in here somewhere and I very much enjoyed the cynical eye cast over modern culture, but it’s unfortunately buried under a script that’s trying way too hard. Fans of point and click adventures are advised to cast an eye over it though, they may find something that takes their fancy.
MLG Rating: 6/10 Format: PC Release Date: Out Now
Disclosure: Midlife Gamer were provided a copy of Supreme League of Patriots by the publisher for review purposes. The title was reviewed over the course of 2 weeks on a PC. For more information on what our scores mean, plus details of our reviews policy, click here.