Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Once Upon a Crime

It already came up in the comments section of a previous post, but I really ought to give another mention to Once Upon a Crime, an old-school point-and-click adventure by Bjorn "Ghost" Ludwig (and thanks again to SSH for pointing this game out to me). In OUaC you play as newly-licenced Private Investigator Little Red Riding Hood who is called upon to solve the recent murder of the Big Bad Wolf (although surely she'd be considered an obvious suspect, no?).

The game is reasonably short (a couple of hours of gameplay, maybe) but has some colourful and charming character designs and a lot of humour, as well as (although I don't want to give too much away) a pretty neat post-modern twist towards the end, which I enjoyed immensely.

OUaC is free to download. Personally, I found a couple of the puzzles a little frustrating, but luckily, there is a guide available.

Incidentally, and this is in no way a slight against OUaC, the fairytale-character-turned-private-investigator subgenre sure is popular, no?


Ghost said...

Jay, thanks for featuring the game in your blog, and sincere thanks to SSH for doing the advertising ;)

Believe it or not, but when OUAC was written I wasn't aware how popular "fairy tile gumshoes" are; weeks later a friend told me about the movie Hoodwinked, and... oh man, that was emberassing ;)

Jayunderscorezero said...

Hah, trust me, it's nothing to be embarrassed about. I think there's just something in the zeitgeist that suggests the idea to people.

Thanks again for the good game, I really enjoyed it.