Have 20 minutes today that you’d reserved for flicking through Netflix, morosely asking yourself where people find the time? If your answer is yes (be honest) then there’s something more deserving, and no, it’s not finally getting round to de-limescaling your kettle.
It is, of course, playing through the new game Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist, DLTTATTCEAWH is free to download and out now, coming courtesy of Crows Crows Crows, the new studio from William Pugh, co-developer of the little bundle of joy that is The Stanley Parable.
The success of The Stanley Parable has obviously cast a long shadow over the work now coming from both of its developers. Its presence was felt in Davey Wreden’s (TSP’s other developer) game, The Beginner’s Guide. Although where TBG was a contemplative, sombre piece on the process of creating games, DLTTATTCEAWH ditches the philosophy and instead shifts up a gear into full on joke mode. And oh, what a wonderful joke it is.
Similarly to TSP the game has a narrator, though where TSP’s Kevan Brighting was clever and sometimes cruel, DLTTATTCEAWH is narrated by none other than comedian Simon Amstell, his anxious voice betrating that he’s as confused as you are. The principal writer Jack de Quidt makes sure that Amstell’s every joke and beat hits home, with Wheatley from Portal 2 being an obvious influence. The game is so short and its narrative so wonderfully inventive that saying anything else would spoil the game, but believe me it’s honestly worth your time. You’ll laugh, you’ll cr… er, laugh some more. Laughing is good, get this game.