Landlord of the Woods








Genre: Adventure   

Developer & Publisher: Madison Karrh              

Released: May 17, 2021              

Requirements: OS, Window 7

Processor: 1.8 Ghtz or higher

Memory: 1 GB RAM

Graphics: DirectX 9.0(c) video card

Storage: 2 GB available space












By flotsam


Landlord of the Woods

Madison Karrh

This is 60 to 80 minutes or so of dazzlingly gentle strange.

Bored and disenchanted, you stumble across an ad for a new job, and having applied you find yourself accepted to be the new Landlord of the Woods. Which as the name implies involves collecting the rent from various creatures who live there, rent which is paid in things like teeth and bones and ribbons and a teabag. Their own problems need solving too, perhaps finding and returning a set of internal organs or rearranging a living space contained in a tiny box.

Which is how things should be, given the nature of things.

You get a notebook when you start your job, one that has outlines of the objects each tenant has to pay in rent. Find these and just drag them onto the page. I doubt you have to find them all to move on (that seems to be linked to solving the tenant’s particular issue), but I expect you will find them all without much trouble.

It's point and click puzzling all the way. There is some logic, some physics puzzles (e.g., move objects from one end of a shape to the other), and a lot of prodding and poking about to find and use items and sort out what needs achieving. Shapes fall down, or are puffed around, and you click and drag and fiddle. Some scenes need manipulating, objects in others shudder or can be tinkered with, and it never feels still. None of the puzzling is hard, much of it is easy, all were pleasantly fun.

I loved the look, somewhere between a child’s picture book and a weird dream. You move into and out of scenes, each simple and uncomplicated, and you will know when you have been successful in an endeavour. There is no spoken word, but a tale plays out accompanied by a soundtrack that is not as melancholy as it perhaps might be and ‘speaks’ of something better.

The game saves as you go, near as I could tell when starting a new set of puzzles, but as I played straight through it really didn’t matter. Oddly, or perhaps completely appropriately, there is no quit button but using the Esc key at the main menu screen closes things down.

The end was a surprise worthy of the events, and the whole thing was quirkily engaging.

Landlord of the Woods is the work of a single person (on the strength of this I will be checking out her catalogue) and it warrants your attention.

I played on:

OS: Windows 10, 64 Bit

Processor: Intel i7-9700K 3.7GHz

RAM: Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB DDR4 32GB

Video card: AMD Radeon RX 580 8192MB




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