Avatar ‘Lord Winklebottom Investigates’ – mini review

Pip pip! Tip top! Absolutely, old boy. Bally tally ho!

After playing ‘Lord Winklebottom Investigates’ I can safely say that whilst I will never be a posho, I can talk like them if I need to. You may remember that back in May of last year I made a post here explaining how excited I was to play an adventure game featuring a Sherlock Holmes-esque giraffe detective. I have since purchased the game and played through it so here is my review in case you were still sitting on the fence.

It’s a great game. If you’ve ever played a point and click game then you will be very familiar with the user interface. You move the curser around the screen and it will show items of interest. You can look at the item and some you are able to pick up to place in your inventory, which appears at the bottom of the screen when the curser gets near it. Your job is to use the things around you to solve the puzzles you come across. Sometimes it’s a matter of putting two items together and sometimes it requires listening carefully to what the characters are telling you and using a bit of the ole’ imagination pipes.

The story, without spoiling too much, takes you away as Lord Winklebottom to a mysterious island to meet up with an old friend and along for the ride is his good colleague, Dr Frumple. When you arrive you unfortunately discover said friend has died under mysterious circumstances and it’s up to you to work out which of the colourful characters inhabiting his mansion were responsible. You’ll need to speak to everyone to make notes of their relationship to the deceased and their reasons for being there. There is a handy notebook which automatically records certain things that comes up in conversation so you can look back on them if needs be.

Everything about this game is ridiculous and I wouldn’t want it any other way. The dialogue is very funny at times, mainly due to Dr Frumple who is the best character in the entire thing. His innate Britishness seeps into every conversation and he never NEVER puts his cup of tea down. At one point I tried to take the toilet paper and he refused to do so on the grounds that it just wasn’t on. The graphics fit the narrative and atmosphere as you’d expect them to. You can’t half arse this kind of thing, it’s balls deep or nothing. The only part that was a little disatisfying was the music which lingered in the background not really doing much. Perhaps it was doing something however I can’t remember any of it.

It’s not the hardest game in the world. You won’t come across anything as difficult as the ‘goat puzzle’ from Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars or practically everything from Grim Fandango. There was only one part where I needed to soak up some grease from a pan (don’t ask, no spoilers) that took me a little longer than expected and even then the answer was staring me in the face the entire time. I managed to finish it in under five hours and what a five hours they were. I had to wait for a price reduction as thirty squids for a game this short wouldn’t sit well with me. If you can find it for anything under a tenner then I would say go for it, old bean!

8 comments on “‘Lord Winklebottom Investigates’ – mini review

  • I like this. I like everything about this. But at present it’s on sale for £15 which is a bit above the Official Ian “Toasty” McIver Recommended Retail Price (OI”T”MRRP), so on that basis it’ll be a bit longer before I get to sample its tasty wares.

  • Yes, the Shoe 3000 is my preferred gaming platform. Its soft leathery upper and strong, flexible laces give me the control I need to excel.

  • And you can wear it and it will provide gaming on the go as well as comfort. Do you remember when we were kids and we dreamed about a console you could wear? What a time to be alive.

  • As a child I used to long for a gaming console that was also a haircut. It remains just a dream, though I heard a rumour the Japanese managed to get a tamagotchi into an eyebrow.

  • That’s so futuristic. Is it me or were the early 2000s more futuristic than now? At least then there was a chance for hoverboards and jackets that dry you off by 2015.

    This future needs more pizazz.

  • I think we can all agree, now that it’s been the future for a good few years, that the future is crap and we were all sold a lie.

  • We were sold a lie. Everyone’s imaginations from the 40’s and 50’s was way better than real life. I don’t know where we go from here other than trying a lot harder.

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