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+ beautiful drawn backgrounds
+ pretty characters
+ cartoon cutscenes
- no wide screen
- animations not always liquid
+ atmospheric music
- not the best voice acting, including a whiney, nasally protagonist
+ around 12 hours playtime
+ many different scenes
+ unlockable extras
- extras are thin
+ good and adult story
+ fine individual stories
+ sad beautiful ending
+ charming and intelligent dialogue
+ some good, logical brainteasers
- some puzzles are 0815
Save only the world is boring. How about for a change, with the destruction of the same? The little clown Sadwick is exactly predicted in a nightmare: that he himself will trigger the apocalypse soon. The little harlequin is indeed anything but a happy nature, but in the role of world-destroying Ovelords he does not feel especially comfortable. So he goes to the bottom of the matter and makes up with its multi-functional pet caterpillar Spot, on a journey through a beautifully drawn cute fantasy adventure.
The hero of the story is Sadwick, a melancholy and very quick-witted clown who makes his dejection no secret: Almost every click leads to a cynical comment that often stimulates sometimes laugh and think. At Sadwick page crawls Spot, an enormously cute caterpillar while important tool: As the game Spot learns to transform itself in five forms. In fire form he can torches for example by a spider's web, while a squashed Spot fits under a door gap. This makes for interesting puzzles solutions.
The story is actually pretty well constructed, until the end when it does start to fall apart a bit. It's an interesting twist that the quest you are on has been foretold to destroy the world, but Sadwick continues to hope that his actions will actually save it.
Another shortcoming is the economical animations: When Edna fit the rudimentary and exaggerated animation phases for trashy design, but in this case are the few oral and character movements contrast with the lavish landscaped backgrounds.
Although the short cutscenes act moody, but can not compete with the quality of professional cartoons.
Not only is it so exquisitely painted and drawn, but it's bursting with imaginative flourishes. There are moments throughout that capture the same magic as a Studio Ghibli film. Surprising creatures, strange, amorphic pets, and a maniac nature.
Luckily most of the characters around Sadwick are far more entertaining and creatively designed. From a pair of talking rocks to a pint-sized conductor, the characters that Sadwick meets along his journey are both creative and funny. I probably had the most fun during the game just working through branching dialogs to see what characters would say.
The game is truly lovely in so many ways, the art and the writing both fantastic. A game about sadness is a fascinating thing that the world was woefully needing. This one comes close to getting it right. But not quite close enough. Which is perhaps the saddest thing of all.
Score: 77 / 100
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