The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief (Chapter 1)

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This game is designed by KING art games and revolves around murder and mystery, which more than piqued my interest. The main protagonist is a man named Constable Zellner. Mysterious events have occurred such as the Raven stealing from a Museum.

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The adventure starts off on a train through the Alps and further mysterious events happen during your journey. A colourful cast of characters will be interacting with you along the way which further helps to develop the story.

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Each character has his or her own reason for travelling and unfortunately become victims of these mysterious events. Important characters such as Inspector Legrand will accompany you on your travels who has appears to have a strong history with the infamous Raven.

The core game itself is 3D mixed with an old fashioned point and click interface. The quintessential combine items and place items returns with no real innovation on the gameplay front. Puzzles are pretty standard and include lock-picking, and mixing certain items to start a fire.

The graphics are very charming and colourful. The level of detail is not extraordinary, but it does a good job of conveying the bits of Europe and the characters. On a personal note, it would be nice if the outdoor lighting were not so unrealistically bright, but that is a minor nitpick on the aesthetics.

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From a technical standpoint – as expected with most titles of this budget – glitches are abound and animation isn’t the best. Certain events caused my character to disappear completely and some camera angles during gameplay showed graphical glitches, such as closeups of items.

The sound department of this game shines with its orchestration. This allows for a very atmospheric and charming adventure. The voice work on the other hand could use a bit of work. Some characters sound ok, but often it feels like the voice actors don’t really know the situation they are in so it comes off as somewhat robotic.

This is only Chapter 1 of the series, and overall I am hoping for all the best with the next chapter as the story is the main intrigue in this title. Although, I believe only the most diehard of point and click adventure game fans will be able to savour the beauty of this title.

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