Posted: June 9, 2013
With the Deponia series up to a trilogy, Daedalic Entertainment brings you another one of their line-up of games that attempts to try and restore the nostalgia of the early point-and-click games from the 90's. That game is "The Night of the Rabbit", alternatively called "The Rabbit's Apprentice".
Although the title is not a major problem of the entire game (considering how most of the game is focused on a young 12-year-old boy named "Jerry Hazelnut"), it's harmless enough.
In my opinion, this game feels ENCHANTING to play through. From the moment you start playing it from the moment it concludes. It's exactly how I feel a magical adventure needs to be driven. Obviously, I haven't played the Deponia series yet, so I wouldn't be familiar with the gaming elements that Daedalic Entertainment incoporates in their line-up of game titles.
The story has a couple of pacing issues here because of the puzzles but even that dosen't deter that the puzzles are creative and thought-provoking (not to a brain-aching degree). The puzzles in this game were logical and that makes it much more prouder. But when the story picks up, it's usually around 6 hours into the game. Turning from a light-hearted beginning to a dark twisting turn towards the end. The story is deep, complex and revolves around the dark side of Mousewood. Many people might find this to be a derivative story, as Harry Potter had this kind of plot also but while I find it not the best story a game has to offer, it's enough to make a game to support it.
The HD-graphics provided in the game are lush, clear, vibrant and sometimes colourful and really blends in with the tone of the story. Throughout most of the game, I took most of the magical setting of Mousewood and wanted Daedalic to expand more on the mythology of Mousewood as my interest is high.
The music is absolutely WONDERFUL and it matches the music quality of Rayman Origins as my favourite video game soundtracks of my past gaming experience. Throughout the soundtrack, it follows one leitmotif and is heard in a couple of variations throughout each track and if you recognize that leitmotif, you'll know the whole game. Tilo Alpermann has done a great job of captivating the story of the game and transpired it into music.
The characters are also well done, too. Each character I interact with has their moment on the screen. There is no comic reliefs, no over-the-top characters and DEFINETLY NO LOVE INTERESTS. The characters here are subtle and help add more to the story, development to the main characters and more to the history and setting of Mousewood.
However... the voicework is a bit off. Most of the time, the acting ranges from "not even trying" to "I'm REALLY trying" and yet comes off as a first read of the script, with Jerry becoming the weakest.
The sound mixing is inconsistent. For example, I had my music volume to 50 and my voice volume to 100 and yet I STILL cannot hear a word they were saying half the time. But a subtitles overlay option available resolves the issue.
The dialogue was OK, but sometimes, the dialogue in the game can be a bit repetitive, as if they were trying to help pad the length of a point-and-click game. Repeated lines like a laugh, a "Bah!", or even "mumbles", "whispers", croaks" & "snores" really makes me want to skip that portion of the dialogue. Sometimes, the characters in the game tend to slow down the speed of their dialogue to an absolute snail's pace.
There were also a couple of bugs and glitches I spotted during the 3rd act of the game and that almost ruined the game's experience for me as it lags, stutters and just stops, and I had my computer down to the lowest settings.
Oh, and the "Quartets" mini-game is the worst mini-game I have EVER played. The reason being is that the card game is like "Go Fish" and the opponent ALWAYS KNOWS WHAT CARD YOU HAVE!
If you are a huge point-and-click fan, BUY THIS GAME. If you like being challenged with thought-provoking puzzles, BUY THIS GAME. It's one of those point-and-click games that wants to be explored and will be with you forever.