HECTOR: Badge of Carnage Ep1 in Review â€“ A â€œHalf-decentâ€ adventure worth its weight in goldâ€¦
Sadly, the adventure game genre on the App Store is far from being heavily populated. In fact each and every release, be it even a sub-par one, is a welcome addition. Most of them are ports of PC titles with a few rare but superb exceptions – 1112 episode 01, 1112 episode 02 (TMA Review), 1112 episode 02 HD and Fallen EP-1 (TMA Review). And out of the blue a new underdog just popped onto the scene:Â HECTOR: Badge of Carnage Ep1. In the best traditions of Sam & Max, developers Straandlooper send Detective Inspector Hector Â – their last and only line of defence against crime â€“ to stop the sniper terrorizing downtown.
HECTOR: Badge of Carnage Ep1 is so far back to the golden age of classic adventure games, that itâ€™s almost impossible to believe it has been made in 2010. When an unknown marksman takes hostages in the centre of Clappers Wreake only one manâ€¦ copâ€¦ beingâ€¦ can stop him. Because all other hostage negotiators are dead. Enter Hector â€“ the half-decent Detective Inspector who has no choice but to try and meet the strange demands of the terrorist to defuse the situation.
As I already noted â€“ Hector is a throwback to the golden era of 3rd person pointâ€™nâ€™click adventure games. Youâ€™ve got a dozen and a half locations, lots of items and nonsensical puzzles. Throw in the dialogues and youâ€™ve got yourself all the hallmarks of the genre. The puzzles are mostly well-thought out and all done with a fair bit of dirty humour. This is definitely NOT a game for kids (think â€“ sex, drugs and rockâ€™nâ€™roll without the latter) The overall difficulty is not especially high, but some puzzles will definitely cause you to run around all available locations twice or thrice.
One of the most notable features of Hector are the graphics and design. Done by Straandlooper â€“ the professional animation studio in Northern Ireland â€“ they are some of the best Iâ€™ve seen on the platform. And the atmosphere, humour and dialogues are on par with the legendary Sam & Max classic. What can I say about a game which involves collapsing a sex shop with dildos? And, amazingly enough for an indie project, the developers have been able to do complete voiceovers as well!
The interface is touch-based and does take some getting used to (i.e. the swipe to move is not widely used in adventure games) but doesnâ€™t get in the way of enjoying the game. I did have some response issues, but thatâ€™s probably due to the old iPhone 3G Iâ€™m using. For the poor sods, who like me are way behind on the hardware side, I would recommend to reboot the iDevice before playing for optimal gameplay.
HECTOR: Badge of Carnage Ep1 is a welcome addition to the adventure game genre. The excellent atmospheric graphics, crude but witty humour, excellently balanced and thought out puzzles, memorable characters and hilarious writing make it a definite must have for any iAdventurer. And the minor interface issues as well as the rather short gameplay length of about 3 hours donâ€™t manage to make even the slightest dent in the overall experience. Despite the authorâ€™s claims of a â€œhalf-decentâ€ adventure game, it is actually one of the best games Iâ€™ve ever played on the iOS. And Iâ€™m NOT talking just about adventure games.
With this I declare HECTOR: Badge of Carnage Ep1 officially touched!
Note: TMA’s walkthrough of the game can be found here.
|Title:||HECTOR: Badge of Carnage Ep1||Developer:||Straandlooper|
|Reviewed Ver:||1.1.1||Min OS Req:||3.1|
|Price:||$3.99||App Size:||197 MB|
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