Recent point and click adventure within the indie gaming scene have mostly been of heavy narrative and thought-provoking story, Yesterday Origins is a brilliant game, but quite serious on the story side (Which isn’t a bad thing). Indie Developer CowCat have broken that mould with Demetrios, a well thought-out point and click adventure with a childish personality – unfortunately it’s this childish personality that can also be the games downfall.
The game follows the story of antique dealer Bjorn, who after getting drunk one night has been robbed of a mysterious tablet he recently acquired. What starts out as a simple crime report to the Paris Police, spirals into an eventful and sometimes hilarious adventure as Bjorn finds out this tablet may have a lot more value than he first realised.
Demetrios is full of bright and engaging artwork, all of which encourages you to explore every screen you come across. It’s not just the artwork that will entice you into searching each scene; hidden within each screen are 3 cookies, which you can use as you progress with a hint system.
This independent hint system is a brilliant addition to the game; I occasionally found myself jumping back to previously visited location just to search for these cookie as some well though out puzzles regularly had me stumped. However, this was only on a few occasions as most of the puzzles are relatively simple to complete, requiring little thought process – on the plus side this does keep the story moving at a consistent pace.
As you play through the 8 hour story you’ll meet several unique characters, some more engaging than others. All the narrative in Demetrios is delivered through on screen text, which works well as the standard of the writing is consistently very good. Although the writing is very good it can start to feel a little predictable; with Demetrios being build on childish and immature humour after the first few hours, which are genuinely funny, this humour can start to feel stale.
As Bjorn travels the world in search his valuable tablet he’s joined my his lazy neighbour Sandra and her rather hideous daughter Caroline. Both these side characters offer a new interactive depth to the story, on some occasions you’re able to play as Sandra; which cleverly provides a different perspective on the well-written story.
Although Sandra can be an interesting character, unfortunately her daughter Caroline is not. Her over the top obnoxious and arrogant behaviour is quite funny in the beginning; however, by the end of my 8 hour play through I found her very annoying and didn’t enjoy the scenes with her in. This is no fault of the games, Caroline was clearly written to be a ‘spoilt brat’ and written well, I just found her character sometimes added a real cringe moment to the adventure story.
Demetrios offers players a unique and funny gaming experience. The combination of point and click adventure and visual novel works very well; this is no doubt due to engaging hand-drawn artwork, some good character design and well written narrative. The independent hint system through the searching of cookies is a brilliant addition, one that I’d like to see in future games of the genre. Unfortunately the humour the game is built upon can become repetitive and some characters feel very two dimensional.
Demetrios is available only on PC and PS Vita, this review is based on the PS Vita version, which was provided by the developer.