Dec 7, 2013
User review by Duckyohara
This is a pretty entertaining game if you can you overlook the very ridiculous plot and deal with lots of dialogue – some reviewers found this tiresome, but I found it interesting and added to the sense of “being in” the story. True, some of the dialogue doesn’t ring true – incidents of modern slang creep through. However, the voice actors are quite good and distinctive.
So here’s the plot -- It’s Victorian London, and as Owen Wright, you're worried sick about the disappearance of your daughter. Especially as you suspect she’s been kidnapped by the dreaded Lonely Hearts Murderer – he kidnaps people and kills them after 30 days, staging their bodies in gruesome scenes. Clearly, this guy is a nutter with too much time on his hands. You team up with detective Logan, a supercilious twit who keeps telling you to “Hurry up!” when it's you doing all the work of solving puzzles, lowering bridges, opening gates, etc. He spends his time looking at things and going, “Hmmmm…” There are puzzles, not too hard, and there are of course HO scenes, which are made more fun through some interactivity.
For me the art was the highlight, it's simply outstanding. The game producers paid a lot of attention to adding atmospheric lighting, shadows, and reflections -- notice the shifting lighting in some scenes. True, there’s a bit too much backtracking to and fro (and to and fro) to find items and put them where they should be, but the scenes are fun to travel through – a dockside, a hotel, Chinatown, underground sewers, a fisherman’s shack … The characters are animated and have fairly well synched lips as they speak -- again, helping you engage in the story.