La crème de la crèmeAfter two playthroughs, and all achievements unlocked, I thought it was time for a review.
The game takes place in the 60's. An exhibition is undertaken in Caïro in Egypt in a museum where for the first time, two of the most expensive, or priceless jewels, the two "Eyes of the Sphinx" will be exhibited together. Unfortunately, one of the jewels, exhibited in the British museum has been recently stolen. A raven feather left on the premises, mark of the famous burglar, known as The Raven. He left one guard severely injured. The Raven is the most wanted thief all over Europe. A skilled, talented burglar whose every attempted burglary never failed. Strangely enough, The Raven never took the life nor wounded anyone and even less, never used anything like bombs. Plus, he's been shot a few years ago by the hands of the french inspector Legrand. Is someone trying to steal The Raven's indentity? Or is he The Raven himself? This would mean that fame brought to inspector Legrand for his incredible feat was wrongly attributed.The Raven
is an unuasual novel-like point'n click game in which you play a story from the perspective of three different characters, including two villains. Anton Jacob Zellner, Swiss policeman, the main character, has all the characteristics of an antihero. Old, fat, small, bald with an adorable yellow shirt (ironical). On the cusp of retirement, he grabs his one last chance to prove himself and when he heard about the renowned Inspector Legrand being in Switzerland, he just couldn't pass up. He then insisted relentlessly to join in the adventure but next to Legrand he just feels like being left out of the loop. Legrand just keeps rejecting his assisstance out of hand, just like he refutes what Zellner says about the New Raven not being the Raven, because of the modus operandi that doesn't fit the latter's.http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=381969426The Raven
pay great tribute to the infamous and legendary writer Agatha Christie and her novels, as the game features Lady Westmacott (the name under which she wrote some of her novels) herself. Anton Jacob Zellner is Poirot's double, with the same characteristic moustache. Beautiful scenery that prompt warm nostalgia, setting choices that are great reminders of Agatha Crhistie's novels. And last but not least Lady Westmacott had a lifelong interest in archaeology. Not a coincidence that Lady Westmacott in the game is heading to Egypt. Thing you will see in the game by having her sitting before egyptian monuments in the museum in Caïro remembering the good old times with her husband. A valuable character for the wisdom she speaks. After all, SHE is the connoisseur, right?
In Agatha's novels, you only discover the criminal's identity at the very end of it. And you are misled all the way through. The Raven
is no exception to that. Awesome plot twist and a lot of surprise. Rare are games that gripped me in such a way.http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=382739344
Letting you go through the story from different perspectives was a great idea. As I paid a closer look to the details and how things were pulled together from the three different characters playthrough, I noticed some inconsistencies between them though.
Plus, while finishing the game you might even want to beat the game a second time, from a vantage point. Pay closer attention to the different dialogues, details, etc.
In a point'n click adventure game you need to run around interrogating people, and they have to be entertaining. The game deals with mature subjects. Rich background for every characters. I liked how they designed the different characters, midway between cartoon and reality, with exagerated features. The game is slow-paced, calm.http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=381460369
Unfortunately, the game is flawed with a ton of bugs, programming bugs. Game mechanics are broken so are animations. Plus I don't like how they walked, their gesture quite a bit weird. Why didn't they take the time to iron out those awful programming bugs and rushed to release it. Besides, the annoyance may encourage players NOT to finish the game but the game has one of the best ending I've ever seen in a video game. What a pity when the game has incredible works put into it.Music
- Beautiful and memorable music (orchestra) . I just can't get the main theme out of my head. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7m5Wytiawac&list=PLTSIqhWP1gKUzlU34OVrETlhBEIe1co3l
- The soundtrack posted by Shin4kuma on YoutubeGameplay
- Simple enough, as long as you can click on an object or someone, it means you still have to deal with it/him. Each collectable items will go right into the inventory. You may need them later and of course sometimes you can combine some of them.
Something I have noticed is you don't have to solve every secrets to keep progressing since some are optionals. Besides, every secrets solved earn you some points, which you can use to get hints. Something you really don't need. If you solve every single secrets though, you'll unlock the master detective achievement (steam). The game is not difficult and you won't need to check elsewhere than in the game as you won't get stalled.ConclusionThe Raven
will be a memorable game for a long time, at least for me and goes directly into my favorite games. The game provides very good storytelling with some funny moments, atmosphere and a lovely soundtrack. Otherwise, I would have not recommended the game, since it has many programming flaws. A great tribute to Lady Westmacott's work, one more reason to recommend it. Two of my best genre (detective/P&C) in one game, what not to like? If you can overlook those pesky bugs, go get it.