The second instalment in an already promising sequence, One-Eyed Lee and the Dinner Get together is a point-and-click supernatural thriller. Set in a post-apocalyptic fantastical world, the sport balances a nuanced exploration of its small forged of characters with some intelligent world-building that teases the potential for future installations.
The story follows a scientist named Beracus and the titular Lee as they look at a bunker they believed to be deserted, solely to be trapped at a cocktail party hosted by a household of skeletons. The pair are invited to attend with them for the “New World”, with a locked door leaving them little room to refuse.
You then direct Beracus and Lee across the bunker, rummaging via the household’s belongings and chatting to the animated skeletons. This course of reveals clues that enable you to to determine the key exit via which you’ll escape. It additionally unveils the historical past of the trapped household and the mysterious cult chief who lured them into the bunker and trapped them there.
One in all your key targets within the sport is to not enable Lee to die. Sadly for you, he’s somewhat reckless. He likes touching issues he actually shouldn’t and could be considerably hasty in sharing his opinions. One of many decisions it’s a must to make is how far to let him go when he desires to look at some ominous-looking mould or communicate his thoughts to somebody who doesn’t wish to hear it.
It is a theme that runs via the whole One-Eyed Lee sequence. His impulsive behaviour is, no less than partially, because of a mysterious magic that possesses him, which Beracus is attempting to completely perceive in his function as each good friend and scientist.
This thread is the primary a part of the sport that ties it to the remainder of the sequence. It provides sufficient intrigue to make you wish to discover out extra in regards to the world the sport is about in. It does plenty of groundwork to ask you into the remainder of the sequence.
Nonetheless, it’s nonetheless completely doable to play via the whole lot of One-Eyed Lee and the Dinner Get together with out having any foreknowledge of the opposite video games. The story is comfortably self-contained and not one of the threads that connect with different video games really feel like unfastened ends. They tease the world outdoors the bunker in a manner that’s genuinely enjoyable.
Fixing the puzzles requires a number of conversations with every character and lots of visits to every room. One-Eyed Lee and the Dinner Get together makes excellent use of the restricted area, maintaining the quantity of background art work to a minimal with out making the sport really feel stunted or repetitive.
The narrative takes a splendidly human method to the totally different characters. They’re all clearly nicely fleshed out, every with their very own personalities and flaws. It’s refreshing to see individuals’s errors introduced as simply that, with the story displaying the logical steps behind the alternatives the characters aren’t precisely pleased with – the instances they’ve harm individuals or the issues they remorse. The sport has plenty of empathy constructed into it, which provides it plenty of coronary heart and a powerful emotional climax (no matter which of the a number of endings you get).
The unique art work has a transparent, distinct character with daring colors and clear stylistic decisions that actually work. The intense, cartoonish design could be very enjoyable when juxtaposed with the darkish story of manipulation and kidnapping and loss of life, in addition to often crude humour and swears.
One-Eyed Lee and the Dinner Get together is a really well-made sport. It has ported easily to the Change in comparison with different point-and-click video games I’ve performed. Its artwork type, soundtrack and narrative mix to create an amazing sense of character that’s each compelling and healthful.