Genre:   Adventure

Developer:   KING art Games

Publisher:  Nordic Games

Released: July 2013

PC Requirements:  

  • OS : Windows XP SP3/Vista/7/8

  • CPU: 2.0 GHz CPU

  • RAM: 2 GB

  • Video Card: 256 MB, PixelShader 3.0

  • DirectX: 9.0c

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by flotsam

The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief

King Art Games

To Catch a Thief is a great little Hitchcock romp, stylish, sassy and with a real eventual princess to boot. John “The Cat” Robie, ex-jewel thief now retired to the Riviera,  makes a pact with Lloyds of London when a series of burglaries in his neck of the woods have all the hallmarks of being done by him. Only a thief can catch a thief, or at least he hopes so, in order to prove his innocence and go back to his grapevines.

I mention that because it was brought to mind by this.  Rather than a cat, we have The Raven, a thief who spent the 1950’s stealing every precious thing worth stealing. It’s now the 60’s and a jewel known as the Eye of the Sphinx has been stolen from the British Museum. It must be the work of The Raven, except he is dead…isn’t he? Must be a copy-raven.

There is no Lloyds of London but we do have a Swiss Constable and a French Inspector, and instead of a princess there is a Baroness. It isn’t at all the same, but I nonetheless found myself watching the 1955 classic, and if you never have you probably should.

But back to The Raven.

It’s a jolly globe-trotting romp, all pointy and clicky and collecting thingsy. Collecting and examining and solving will result in achievements along the way (Helper, Houdini, Crime Scene Investigator) and the final achievement of either amateur, advanced or master detective. Points are also scored, which can be spent on clues or hotspot identification. The Constable’s notebook contains current objectives, and information about what you know so far.

It looks good, and sounds better. Character voices are all pretty well done, and while some of the many people you meet are a little clichéd, there is a good deal of depth to most of them, and fleshing them out and uncovering their stories is part of the gaming attraction.

It isn’t difficult, which keeps the story moving along, and the non-inventory based puzzles (you get to play shuffleboard for instance) provide some variety. By and large the solutions to the puzzles are fairly ordinary, by which I mean that if there is something to be done it won’t involve making fire with a fish and three banjos, but is more likely to require some flammable substances, and a little bit of ingenuity (and then receive the Prometheus achievement). Which is a good thing.

It does come to a bit of a sudden stop, but it is part 1 so perhaps that shouldn’t be surprising. Some sense though that it was drawing to a stop would have been preferable, but then again the sudden surprise fits with what happened, so perhaps forget everything I just said.

The five or six hours it will take you to get to that stop will be largely spent on a train and then a boat. Not just any old train mind, but the Orient Express, on which the mystery writer Lady Clarissa Westmacott is also travelling. Should that not mean anything, google the name for a nice little homage which will give you a good sense of the style of this adventure.

Constable Zellner and Inspector Legrande are nice counterpoints to each other, one slightly shabby the other somewhat up-tight. They both have their reasons for being on the train, beyond simply catching a thief.  They are in fact a quirky bunch of travellers all round, with their little idosyncracies and mannerisms, well suited to the slightly lumpy character modelling.  They are a chatty bunch too (so be prepared to converse) and not beyond a witticism or three. As with any good story, it’s best not to tell.

As you would expect, the travelling is not just about getting from A to B. Like all good train and boat trips in a mystery world, murder most horrid is afoot. As are bombs on board, and things on fire, and whacks on the head. Even the champagne is best left alone!

The game play is standard point and click, in the third-person persona of Constable Zellner. If you have played anything adventury recently, you won’t find anything operationally complicated here.

I confess to enjoying this first chapter of The Raven quite a lot. You have seen it all before, but like the movie I started with it has a charm that Miss Marple would be proud to be a part of. Which pretty much says all you need to know.

Grade: B+

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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