Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (John Walker)

Daedalic’s epic adventure reaches a conclusion with its biggest chapter, Goodbye Deponia. The first part looked like it might wander close to goodness, while the second was brief and disposable. So how does this third and final part fare? Urrrgghhh. Here’s wot I think:

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Nathan Grayson)

Decorated general Bitey R. Wolfington's tactics quickly became renowned for their predictable nature, but were no less effective as a result.

Hey, so, Deponia, right? It’s pretty OK. The first lushly drawn adventure was worth a few laughs (at least, between all the thinly veiled sexism and crudeness), and the second one, er, significantly less so. Still though, Daedalic is by no means untalented, so its new project, a dark fantasy turn-based strategy called Blackguards, definitely inspires curiosity. For better or worse, humor appears to be taking a backseat this time around, especially given that you’ll be stepping into the sullied shoes of a convicted murderer. It’s a premise that certainly could> wind its way down some fascinatingly gray trails, but there’s always the danger of venturing into grimdark-for-grimdark’s-sake territory.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (John Walker)

It really is only three months since the first part of the Deponia trilogy was released. A German point and click adventure from Daedalic, it managed to wobble along the line of decent and frustrating, mostly making up for its biggest mistakes with some fun puzzles, decent voice acting, and a good number of laughs. So what about this time, with sequel Chaos On Deponia? Here’s wot I think:>

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Adam Smith)

Sherlocked and loaded

In a never to be repeated adventure game news roundup, I bring you trailers and release dates for two – count ‘em – two> adventure games of the pointing and clicking variety. First up is The Testament of Sherlock Holmes in which the the world’s first consulting detective goes on a murder spree. Or perhaps he doesn’t and the whole thing turns out to be an overwhelmingly obtuse setup, but the trailer would not have you believe that. It is dramatic in a way that only occurrences within the pea soupers of Old London Town can be. The second trailer is for Chaos on Deponia, second in the trilogy. John shared his thoughts on the first, concluding thusly: “I spent more time being frustrated than entertained, and perhaps too much time somewhere between the two.” Watch both trailers now.

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Aug 7, 2012
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (John Walker)

Daedalic really do paint the most beautiful scenery.

Deponia is released today – the latest adventure from German developers, Daedalic Entertainment. Set on a planet made of trash, will it prove to be a big pile of rubbish, or a diamond in a dungheap. You can’t refuse to find out – I promise it won’t be a waste of your time. Here’s Wot I Think:>

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