Kaptain Brawe: A Brawe New World (Full) in Review – An old style point-and-tap from the kings of Hidden Object
As I noted pretty recently, G5 Entertainment can safely be called the reigning kings of both Hidden Object and Time Management genres. You can imagine my surprise then when shortly before Christmas, I received an invitation from them to review Kaptain Brawe: A Brawe New World (Full) – a traditional point-and-tap adventure that feels like it’s plucked right out from the golden age of the genre. Still expecting that something’s amiss, I dove into the game.
As I’d mentioned, Kaptain Brawe: A Brawe New World (Full) is a traditional point-and-tap adventure. Meet Kaptain Brawe, a not too smart but way too confident and cocky member of the interstellar police force. Responding to a distress call our brawe brave hero plunges deep into a galaxy-wide conspiracy involving a mutinous crewmember, a mysterious mercenary clad in black, a couple of brilliant balls of fur and a beautiful spy aided only by his trusty robot – Rowboat.
Kaptain Brawe follows the classic gameplay model of point-and-tap adventures. You explore locations, collect items, talk to various zany characters and find clever ways of using your inventory. I’d especially like to note that combining items is possible as well – an almost lost art in the this age of casual games, proving once again that Kaptain Brawe stays true to the canons of the genre. Despite this the difficulty level is very well balanced; puzzle solutions are never too obvious, and you won’t get the feeling of wanting to bang your head against a brick wall.
Kaptain Brawe features some of the better writing I’ve seen in any adventure released over the last several years. All characters are authentic and even though many seem to follow common archetypes, they will show unexpected depths as the story progresses. But don’t expect any War and Peace style drama though. The dialogues and comments overflow with humour and add much to the atmosphere of the game. For example, at a certain point you’ll have to use your robot Rowboat as a… you guessed it – a rowboat.
The visuals are on par with the rest of the game, portrayed in gorgeous detailed 2D. The artstyle is also superb, further augmenting the humor of the script. The atmospheric soundtrack is very nicely done as well, though unfortunately there aren’t any voiceovers whatsoever. The controls are fully touch-based with a handy button to show hotspots to help avoid pixel-hunting issues.
Completely out of the blue, G5 Entertainment delivered a top-class adventure game true to the classics like Space Quest or Rex Nebular that will appeal to both hardcore adventurers and casual gamers. Even if I wanted to, I can’t really find anything to complain about apart from the minor quibble of the lack of voiceovers. Kaptain Brawe: A Brawe New World delivers a perfectly balanced experience complete with excellent writing, gorgeous graphics and polished gameplay.
Note: The Full version of Kaptain Brawe currently costs $4.99, though you can download the free version here if you wish to “try before you buy”.
With this I declare Kaptain Brawe: A Brawe New World (Full) officially touched!
|Title:||Kaptain Brawe: A Brawe New World (Full)||Developer:||G5 Entertainment|
|Reviewed Ver:||1.0||Min OS Req:||3.0|