Monday, 20 March 2017

Review- Viktor, A Steampunk Adventure

In Viktor: A Steampunk Adventure you play a wild boar called Viktor who has just been sacked from his job as street cleaner, and therefore quite understandably decides to go and depose the Emperor of the Austro-Hungarian Empire instead of just looking for another job.  In this game all the people are animals, and you meet many famous people along the way – Klimpt, Tesla, Freud, and more.  Classical music (with the occasional jazz piece) plays in the background and as you go through the game you collect different records, which you can change at any time.  The characters babble incoherently but extremely expressively, which helps give the game an extra level of charm.

The graphics are a lovely style and you soon get used to looking at all the action taking place within a circle.  There are not a huge number of locations in this point and click adventure game, which has a play time of around 3 hours, but most locations are very puzzle-heavy, with a large number of challenges to overcome.  The puzzles are many and varied, and include some really good ideas.  The game is not very hard although there are a number of puzzles that present a decent challenge, and you can always call your mate Martin for hints, though he seems to be out of his mind most of the time and his hints aren’t always helpful.  Early on the the game there is a major puzzle that can be solved 3 different ways, but this is the exception rather than the rule, the game is mostly very linear.

There is a bit of toilet humour in one location particularly and the whole game is very politically incorrect – racial stereotypes abound, in line with Viktor’s personality  - but the whole thing is generally presented with a crazy abandon rather than any attempt to shock or appall.    If you’re particularly sensitive this may not be the game for you.  It’s the craziness that really shines through in this game though, the humour, the willingness to just smash through accepted social norms via a player character who, after all, will randomly go around shouting at and kicking things if you give him half a chance.

Viktor is a raving lunatic, although perhaps so much of a lunatic that he’s come out of the other side into a dangerous kind of pseudo-sanity.  He often made me laugh, as did many other things in the game.  You get to swap between two characters later in the game, though I felt this was perhaps not utilised quite as much as it could have been.

In short if you want something with a unique style, with puzzles that are genuinely satisfying to solve, and that will likely have you laughing out loud a few times, Viktor: A Steampunk Adventure definitely fits the bill.

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