From 2010 to 2014 Richard Cobbett Crapshoot, wrote a column about rolling the dice to bring random, mysterious games back to light. This week, the comic strip world is revealing itself to reveal a video…what? Not an all-time hero, that’s for sure, but maybe the hero is on the inside. Hmmm. Nah.
you know what? Let’s try something different this week…
The notes show: Yes, rough, I know. I’ve never tried any of those before – that’s my excuse, and I stick with it. We hope it was an enjoyable experience though, and don’t worry, you’ll be back to text next week. Not least because while I obviously can’t type faster than I speak, I Act Type faster than I Premiere Pro.
To add more bits to the game itself (modifying a recording idiot is much more difficult than rewriting a paragraph, especially when the neighbors want to sleep) Noctropolis certainly isn’t a horrible game. The city is exquisitely elegant, and it really stood out at the time – as I did simply by trying a mature theme, even if I stumbled a bit on the sexual metaphors. The core adventure is weak though, whether in being relentlessly linear through incredibly simplistic puzzles, or simply not making the most of what you’ve got. Why are there five bad guys if one of them barely gets a scene, the other world serves no purpose, and only one pretends to be involved in the Big Bad?
Likewise, the concept is good, although the use of FMV was wrong for reasons that should be very clear. Its main drawback is to set it up, and then not really deal with it. Peter hardly reacts to anything that happens, to the point that even the stabbing has no weight. As for the evil one, we do not know him. The original Darksheer comes in as a bit bloodthirsty in the strappy comics, so it’s not like Batman – which he isn’t quite as well, ahem – suddenly becomes a villain. I heard that no joke, it was supposed to be a Batman game, but the company couldn’t get the license. This may be fabricated, but I really wouldn’t be surprised, and I wanted to play that virtual game. If it exists, of course.
Peter’s path from zero to hero is also very easy. He gets hurt pretty bad, right, and he should play the detective a bit. However, all the encounters were orchestrated, to the point that he did not deserve the heroic status he had in the end. He’s just the guy who flipped the coin. It could still work, if it was interesting. It’s not, and no one else – not even Stiletto – gets enough screen time.
However, three words: faux action girl . Chronic condition.
So then, Noctropolis. Good ideas. Not a good implementation. It’s FMV fun though, even if a particularly memorable little happens. However, the soundtrack deserves props, and in a nice gesture, the composer has it All major tracks in MP3 format . It’s a much better quality than the MIDI versions you can squeeze out of the game, and it’s worth sticking with the likes of The 7th Guest.
As for Tex Murphy’s inner argument? This one is for another week…
“Lumisheer” isn’t really a lemon-scented kitchen cleaner. But it should be.