Randal's Monday


Genre:   Adventure

Developer:  Nexus Game Studios

Publisher:  Daedalic Entertainment

Released:  November 2014

PC Requirements:  

    • OS: Windows Vista SP2/Windows 7 SP1/Windows 8 (32/64 bit Version)
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Quad Core CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 275, ATI Radeon 4 or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 8500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible

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by flotsam


Randal’s Monday


Let me confess up front that puzzles which involve simple tasks becoming convoluted largely non-sensical quests are not my cup of tea. Need to put out a fire? Pour water on it works for me, not finding a way to outfox a bear in order to steal his salmon which, if you do it quickly enough, will remain sufficiently damp to extinguish the flames.

Randal was not therefore my puzzling cup of tea.

There weren’t any salmon, but I suspect you will need a walkthrough at more than one point if your brain is wired anything like mine. Some limited locations and items help in some parts of the game, reducing the amount of try everything everywhere (and the associated frustration). However the inventory responsiveness added a level of frustration in itself, and the said frustration overwhelmed my patience, and any logic that might have been present got lost in the wash.

So I used the walkthrough, the frustration ebbed, and I can tell you a little more about the rest of the game as a result.

Randal is Randal Hicks, who as a result of a curse that comes with koalas is reliving Monday over and over, trying to undo what he has done before. The recurring death of his friend being but a distraction, Randal sets to in order to set things right.

Randal isn’t a terribly likeable chap, which probably shouldn’t be surprising given that early on the game itself describes him as a sociopathic, kleptomaniac good for nothing moron. He does and says some pretty awful stuff, and much of what he says tries too hard to be humorous, and routinely tips over into being crass or abusive. His fellow characters aren’t a whole lot better, and while there is funny to be found, like the puzzles it was overwhelmed.

Overwhelming too were the pop culture references, crammed into every second conversation and bursting from the seams. Again it’s too much; a little would have gone a cleverly long way, and a bit more would have meant you didn’t have to get them all to appreciate the cleverness, but again its overdone.

The game starts with a drinking session in a pub, that precedes the very first Monday, with puking and belching a-plenty. It’s a sort of prologue and contains a lot of dialogue and not much else. Even before you get to the puzzles, if you aren’t on board after playing this part of the game, you probably won’t be.

The voice over work is rather good, led by Jeff Anderson (the Clerks films) as Randal, and supported by Jay of Silent Bob fame, and I liked the animation style. Its slightly awkward style suited the events, and I found it visually appealing.

Randal is point and click with a third person perspective, with an easy to use interface. You can play “old style” which involves right clicking to bring up the action icons and then choosing which icon to use (take, speak, look, etc.) or “new school” in which the curser is all the available icons in one and interacting is just a single click away. I found the single click mega curser visually distracting, so went for the extra clicks of a straight forward arrow curser. Drag and drop to combine inventory items, tweak settings at the options screen, play with subtitles or not, and the space bar highlights hotspots.

Really, what Randal needed more than getting to Tuesday was a good edit. If he had got it, his Monday may have been rather good. It felt however like it was throwing everything it could at you in order to get some of it to stick, and diminished itself by doing so.

Grade: C minus

I played on:

OS: Windows 7

Processor: Intel i7-3820 4GHz

RAM: 12GB Ripjaw DDR3 2133 Mhz

Video card: AMD Radeon HD 7800 2048MB



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