This is a 2D Point & Click adventure game developed by Daedelic who also did the well-known Deponia series.
You play as Lilli, a sweet young convent school girl with a best friend called Edna and a stuffed toy rabbit called Harvey. The game follows Lilli’s adventures on her many quests to help (and rescue) Edna. Alas, despite her best intentions, she leaves a swathe of violent death and destruction in her wake which is doused in neon pink paint by potato-shaped gnomes and described in a running commentary by a relaxed, cheerful narrator. Many a chuckle is had at Lilli’s unfortunate incidents.
Daedelic titles are undoubtedly the Gold Standard of Point & Clickers and this is no exception. It’s like experiencing a full-length interactive Hollywood blockbuster in cartoon form. Everything about it oozes professional quality from every pore.
Graphics: the cartoons are beautifully drawn, as good if not better than the ones on TV although they don’t have full movement, not even in the cutscenes. This didn’t bother me at all and doesn’t take anything away from the immersion. The only minor complaint I have is that the screen resolution only goes to 1920×1080 so I had black bars on my 1920×1200 screen.
Music: an accordion plays a fantastic, melancholy theme tune in the background often but not constantly. Individual scenes have their own tunes and sounds to fit the mood and storyline. All sounds are highly polished and a treat to the ears. I never once considered switching to my own music.
Voice acting: there are so many characters in the game – I counted 20 voice actors in the credits!! – and every one of them has something interesting to say. It’s possible to skip all dialogs with a mouse click but I never once felt tempted to do that, unless I’d already heard it before. I can’t say that about any other game I’ve ever played. Lilli herself never utters a word (except in one of the endings!) she just makes little squeaks and sighs in response to the characters she’s talking to, which all adds to her naive, innocent appearance.
Storyline: the dark humour and exciting chain of events really captivated me and the character development rivals most of the real movies I’ve seen lately. Citing a Rolf Harris concert as a safe place for young girls to go is an example of the near-the-knuckle humour that has resulted in some of the negative reviews, so you need to be aware of what you’re getting into before buying. This is definitely not a game for kids despite its friendly-looking cartoon graphics.
There are puzzles throughout the game. Puzzlers are my favourite genre. I’ve played many and consider myself quite good at them. The puzzles in this game are HARD logic and riddle tasks. Thankfully you’re not forced to play any of them, they all have Skip options and I’m not ashamed to admit that I skipped half of them. I’ll probably go back later and do them for the achievements though.
The Menace Of The Guide
Most of the time I generally had a good idea what to do next by following the characters’ dialogs, but there were so many areas and items to click that I inevitably found myself at a dead end sometimes, unable to find a new thing to click to progress the story. Some of the required actions are just bizarre, for example who would think to use a credit card on a tin opener? It’s also easy to find yourself trying to complete a particular task blissfully unaware that it’s impossible if you’ve failed to properly complete a previous one. At the time I often thought I’d run into a glitch but it always turned out to be my own stupidity.
At these junctures, with the narrator’s sarcastic comments about my ineptitude ringing in my ears, I had to consult a guide to get through the blockage. The trouble is, once I’d sampled the guide I found it quite “more-ish”. While in the grip of The Guide I found myself blindly following the instructions without paying enough attention to the blossoming storyline and cutscenes, depriving myself of the very reason I was playing.
If you buy this game I urge you not to fall into the same trap that I did.
Several months earlier I tried the demo version. It was full of glitches and I soon ended up permanently trapped inside the cellar stove, unable to play any further. I was worried that the full version might be the same since it starts with exactly the same content as the demo, but I’m happy to report that it runs smoothly and I found not a single glitch throughout the entire game – including the stove glitch which I double-checked! I played it mostly on Linux but copied my save file over to play on Windows a couple of times.
You might be thinking twice about spending so much on a Point & Click game but rest assured it’s well worth it, even at full price, as long as you enjoy dark humour. It took me only 14 hours due to my horrific Guide addiction but would have taken longer under normal circumstances. There’s also replay value to chase achievements.
Don’t make the mistake of comparing the price of this against other P&C games, this is the Rolls Royce of Clickers.
8 trading cards. 29 achievements, most of which need to be specifically chased and don’t drop during normal gameplay. It uses the Steam cloud but strangely doesn’t sync between different platforms so you have to manually copy save files over in those cases. Makes the cloud support a bit pointless if you ask me, but never mind.
Fabulous. Loved every minute.
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