On Kickstarter the parents behind the long-running web-comic Cyanide & Happiness managed to lift $575,000 for this three episode level and click on journey venture over 3-years in the past, proving within the course of that individuals will gladly pay good cash for dick jokes. “The sport can be a brand new method to point-and-click adventures, stuffed with darkish comedy, drama, weirdness, and an apocalypse within the suburbs.” That’s some large, daring claims a couple of style that’s been round since time started, so does does Cyanide & Happiness: Freakpocalypse handle to reside up these guarantees? Eh, not likely.
The star of the present is Cooper, a younger lad who seemingly everybody hates with a ardour regardless of his solely crime being…effectively, being Cooper. He’s bullied in school by a trio of assholes, always picked on by the academics and solely has one pal, though even she appears iffy about the entire relationship. Precisely why Cooper is the butt of each joke and disliked by everyone seems to be a thriller. He’s solely responsible of being completely vanilla. He’s as thrilling as a tuna sandwich on white bread. In fact, this additionally signifies that as a protagonist Cooper is… there. He exists. That’s about it.
Cyanide & Happiness is a sequence of internet comics and animated shorts on Youtube specializing in darkish humour, making it good for individuals like me for whom comedy is a protect in opposition to the grim, infinite void of life inside an uncaring universe the place we’re as vital as a speck of mud upon the hoodie of historical past. *sobs.*
Carrying that darkish humour over to one thing longer, although, can’t have been straightforward. It exhibits within the writing – the comedy may be very hit and miss, sometimes touchdown with the identical snort-inducing power of one of the best of Cyanide & Happiness, and different occasions it falling flatter than a whale that bought pushed off a cliff. There have been a few jokes that made me genuinely snort, like having to mix a USB persist with a printer 3 times earlier than it will truly slot into place did drag a chuckle from me. However there have been additionally quite a bit that bought no response or made me grimace. Too lots of the jokes are simply punny names or crappy dad jokes. I’d even argue that the jokes are too tame by the requirements of Cyanide & Happiness. Even the dick jokes are limper than a moist noodle. Look, I am keen on low-brow, crude comedy, however opposite to in style perception the important thing to a superb fart joke is definitely good writing.
Freakpocalypse follows the standard level and click on method, by which I imply you’re going to spend so much of time attempting to mix objects with different objects within the imprecise hopes that one thing will work. To the sport’s credit score it manages to keep away from a lot of the extra…er, jumbled logic that time and click on veterans are so deeply acquainted with. Nothing in right here goes to depart you as bemused, confused and downright offended because the pigeon eggs in Grim Fandango, for instance. Many of the options make sense, or simply sufficient sense.
Sadly, Cyanide & Happiness: Freakpocalypse doesn’t have any memorable or attention-grabbing puzzles, both. The stuff you’ll be doing is about as primary because it comes, and as difficult as befuddling a rooster that’s simply woken up from anaesthetic. Maybe it’s just because I used to be raised on Monkey Island, Discworld, Day of the Tentacle and a disturbing quantity of 18+ rated films that includes horrific gore, however I went by means of the entire recreation on auto-pilot. Not one of the puzzles standout as being attention-grabbing, creative or ingenious. You’ll clear up them with barely a thought fluttering by means of your fairly little mind.
I can’t discover a lot to fault with the visuals, although. The distinctive Cyanide & Happiness artwork fashion has been completely replicated, making the entire recreation really feel like an extra-long episode. The audio isn’t fairly pretty much as good, principally because of the music which by no means appears to suit. However the voice performing is strong all through, together with a particular look from Jim Sterling.
Efficiency is completely high quality. I by no means bumped into any points, bugs or crashes. Though, the sport solely helps 1920×1080 on PC with no choices for something greater. This is likely to be because of the restricted improvement price range. It’s nonetheless annoying, although.
Pacing is a matter, in all probability the largest one of many total recreation. I bought by means of the entire journey in about 2-hours and the titular Freakpocalypse doesn’t even happen till the ultimate moments, after which the entire thing simply abruptly ends. There’s one other two components to return, however the Steam web page doesn’t make it clear that that is truly extra like a 3-episode TV sequence. (The Steam web page has now been up to date to correctly mirror that that is simply half 1.) Even taking that into consideration, although, the pacing is horrible. It’s like a filler episode of TV the place nothing of observe occurs earlier than it wraps up in a cliff-hanger. For entirety of the very sluggish feeling two hours I used to be ready for one thing to occur. Something, actually. And it by no means did.
Nonetheless, there may be some worth available in clicking completely every thing. The display screen is affected by objects and stuff that reference Cyanide & Happiness or that yields distinctive dialogue and examined. It’s truly spectacular how a lot effort was clearly poured into stacking the environments with stuff. The truth is, it’s virtually an issue, making it tough to discover a clear space to click on on so you may transfer Cooper round. For some folks the sheer barrage of issues to click on on is likely to be one of many recreation’s strongest belongings.
You’ll be able to stretch the content material out by one other few hours in the event you fancy finishing side-quests. Your efforts are sometimes rewarded with new customization choices for Cooper, in order that’s fairly cool. Nonetheless, these primary quests aren’t very thrilling, and contemplating the 2 hours it takes to finish the story already drags, I rapidly bought bored with going out of my strategy to do the rest.
What have the builders being doing for over 3-years? That’s the query that retains floating to the floor of my very shallow brain-puddle whereas enjoying Freakpocalypse. Presumably they’ve been constructing all three components on the similar time, however this primary piece of the supposed trilogy simply doesn’t really feel just like the product of three years. The truth is, it feels rather more just like the builders wanted to get one thing out to indicate for his or her efforts, and within the course of hopefully recoup among the cash they’ve already sunk into the venture. Or deliberate out the story and realised too late that they hadn’t give the primary half a correct arc of its personal.
As a recreation that stands by itself, I discover Cyanide & Happiness: Freakpocalypse to be disappointing and somewhat uninteresting. Yeah, it did tease a couple of laughs out of me, however nothing to the identical diploma because the animated shorts obtainable on Youtube or the online comics. And the gameplay doesn’t stand out, both. There are quite a few wonderful level and click on titles on the market which might be each hilarious and that characteristic difficult, effectively designed puzzles that tickle the gray matter in a most pleasant approach. In comparison with these, Cyanide & Happiness: Freakpocalypse is like Cooper himself: kinda boring.
Classes: Critiques, Videogame Critiques