The Raven: Legacy Of A Master Thief PC Review
After playing The Book of Unwritten Tales I thought I would delve deeper into the King Art/Nordic Games portfolio with The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief. The Raven is a point and click adventure much like The Book of Unwritten Tales but it leans on the more serious drama side. Don’t get me wrong, the game doesn’t go completely without humor, but only small bits of comedy ensue.
London 1964, a heist has just been committed. A ruby has been stolen from the British museum, but not just any ruby. This ruby is known as one of the legendary “Eyes of the Sphinx”. Something peculiar is left at the scene of the crime, a single ravens feather, which is the calling card for the master thief The Raven. The Raven has been out of commission after being shot by the young up-and-coming inspector Nicolas Legrand. So there’s speculation on whether it is a copy cat or if Legrand actually shot the right Raven four years ago. Either way you play as Constable Anton Jakob Zellner, a policeman originally from Zurich trying to help in the pursuit of the culprit.
The story begins with you, Constable Zellner, riding the train ‘The Orient Express‘ whose cargo includes the other Eye of the Spinx that is in transit to Cairo, where it’s to be shown at an exhibit. Nicolas Legrand and Oliver, a policeman who was at the scene of the original crime, are lying in wait to capture The Raven should he or she attempt to steal the second eye.
While they wait in the cargo hold with the jewel, you spend your time questioning all of the trains passengers about pretty much everything under the sun. Zellner is trying to show Legrand that he’s the right man to help on the investigation. After getting all you can out of the passengers, you return to Legrand and Oliver to tell them what you’ve found out. The lights suddenly go out. When power is restored, the trio checks the safe, but the jewel is gone. In its place are several sticks of dynamite. After barely escaping with your life, your next priority is to get all of the passengers safely off the train. The next chapter of the story takes place on a ship headed for Cairo. I won’t bother going into detail, since that’s when the story really picks up, and I want it to be a surprise for those who have yet to play the game. Instead I’ll talk about the gameplay.
As I said before this game is a point and click adventure where you inspect your surroundings and combine the items you find in your inventory to solve the problems that you encounter. In The Book of Unwritten Tales you could hold the space bar and the items that you could interact with would be highlighted. KING Art utilizes a similar feature with The Raven. Instead of you being able to do it constantly, you have a to be mindful of your chapter score. Each time you use the highlight feature, your score drops ten points. I had mixed feelings about that. It makes you have to be more aware and use your head, but on the other hand, I want to be able to enjoy the game without being penalized for needing help every now and then.
I also really enjoyed each character that I had encountered. They all seemed very unique and interesting in their own way and complimented each other very well.
If you are into the point and click adventure genre or you want to get into it, I would suggest checking out The Raven. If you’re into whodunit mysteries, The Raven will suite you very well, and if you are more into the fantasy adventure genre I would suggest checking out The Book of Unwritten Tales. Each game is developed by KING Art and published by Nordic Games. Each game does justice to the point and click genre. There’s two more chapters of The Raven scheduled to release within the next two months, so stay tuned, because I’ll be covering those as well.
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