Electronic Theatre Preview: The Raven – Legacy of a Master Thief Chapter 1: The Eye Of The Sphinx

Despite still mostly bubbling under the surface, the point-n’-click genre has regained significant momentum in recent times. Most recently the success of Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead has managed to prove that the genre is anything but stagnant, but even prior to this leagues of […]
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Electronic Theatre ImageDespite still mostly bubbling under the surface, the point-n’-click genre has regained significant momentum in recent times. Most recently the success of Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead has managed to prove that the genre is anything but stagnant, but even prior to this leagues of indie developers were having great success with the launch of titles which may not have been groundbreaking, but were clearly made with a whole lot of love.

KING Art perhaps epitomises this approach. Having cut their international teeth on The Critter Chronicles, it was only a matter of time until the developer wanted to try something a bit more progressive. A global launch of an episodic series on Electronic Theatre ImagePC and also in development for console formats is exactly that, and in the forthcoming The Raven – Legacy of a Master Thief, this is exactly what we’ve got.

A three part series set to begin next week, The Raven – Legacy of a Master Thief is a traditional point-n’-click experience that differentiates itself from the pack by way of it’s demeanour. The Raven – Legacy of a Master Thief is a piece of family entertainment, delivered with a sense of humour and just enough reality to keep momentum to the story. This is Night at the Museum gaming: a design that allows for plot development but never takes itself too seriously.

The very start of the first part of the series, Chapter 1: The Eye Of The Sphinx, sets the scene for the kind of light-hearted mystery that Hollywood spins out to families every summer. The opening scene reveals all you need to know about the antagonist in an elegantly subtle cutscene, and once the player’s character is revealed it’s a simple matter of learning the ropes. Electronic Theatre ImageThe atmosphere turns from intrigue to calm and collected very quickly, and if this opening sequence is evident of the pacing throughout The Raven – Legacy of a Master Thief we are surely in for a treat.

The gameplay itself is more generic, with the tutorial being one that merely shows the player how to interact with items, merge those in your inventory and use them with objects in the scenery. There’s nothing more complicated to The Raven – Legacy of a Master Thief than this. You can talk with other characters and will often be met with dialogue wheels, but The Raven – Legacy of a Master Thief is a videogame without the possibility of failure. The challenge is not to overcome some powerful enemy with a repeated button sequence or deliver a required input under an arbitrary time limit, but rather to simply find the clues and solve each little riddle on your way to cracking the big case. Classic point-n’-click stuff then, and hopes remain high that KING Art have done enough to ensure that The Raven – Legacy of a Master Thief remains entertaining throughout its duration.

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