Posted on July 14, 2013 AT 11:53am
People have said that point-and-click adventure games are dead. Then Double Fine’s kickstarter for their point-and-click adventure game surpassed its goal (I admit I backed that one) and proved the “experts” they were wrong. There is something wonderfully calm yet intense about this game style that is appealing to players of all ages and skill level. That being said, a little company called The Game Kitchen decided to not only bank on people’s love for point-and-click games but to gamble on nostalgia value too. The Last Door brings players back to that bygone era of adventure gaming in a way no modern game can.
The Last Door is an episodic, browser based game whose story is told in chapters. The plot revolves around a group of friends with a secret, a terrible secret. The Letter is the first chapter and begins with you in an attic and assuming the role of Anthony Beechwood. Your only goal is to gather a few items and use them to hang yourself. It’s all a Lovecraft style ride from there. The gameplay is very simple; find items and use them correctly to maneuver within the game. The over-exaggerated pixelated graphics will bring fans of early era computer games back to the heyday of King’s Quest and Leisure Suit Larry.
The gameplay seems simplistic. There is no combat and you will not have monsters to battle, the sense that something larger is happening is ever apparent. Finding out the truth behind the insanity and darkness that moves around the characters in the game will compel you to continue playing. The storytelling is magnificent and when accompanied with the soundtrack, really helps promote the tension and sense of foreboding. I would not call The Last Door a horror game but you will find it a bit frightening but not in the scary-monsters-chasing-you sort of way. Another fun aspect is the fact the game can be played different ways. For example, my son found a crowbar but I never did, so our games had slight variations in them. We reached the same end goal, but did so by following different paths. It is nice the developers took into consideration that no two people are going to play exactly the same way.
The Last Door is still a work in progress and while chapter one is free, there is a fee to unlock chapter two. This is a completely independent title and the developers are asking the fans to help fund them donations. Chapter two will eventually be free, when chapter three is released but honestly, is it too much to ask that the public help this team out with a little cash? The first two chapters are brilliantly done and I look forward to playing the third when it launches in September. If you donate more than the average amount, you will get a free soundtrack download and this soundtrack is well composed and creepy.
Seriously, go to The Last Door site and just play chapter one. You will be hooked and the game is well worth backing.
Preliminary Score (since it’s a work in progress): A
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