I’m a sucker for adventure games, usually no matter the plot. And I’m also a sucker for comedy games, which is why checking out and backing Demetrios last year was a no-brainer for me. Even the demo had me wondering if I should laugh or groan. That said, the game is rapidly nearing the finish line and according to Fabrice Breton that date is May 31. That’s right, just a month-and-a-half from now you too can play this irreverent take on the genre. As luck would have it, I managed to snag an early copy to preview and after playing it I can honestly say that it was worth every wooden nickle I gave to the Kickstarter.
Demetrios is a relatively long game, at least for an adventure. It’s certainly at least average length if you take your time and do everything you can with everything you can. Aside from the first-person view this is basically your standard point-and-click fare. You look for stuff, pick up whatever isn’t nailed to the floor (and even try to pry up said nails at some points), talk to people just as offended by Bjorn as he is of everyone else, and basically solve puzzles. There’s little innovative here.
All that aside, Demetrios is a great game even in this unfinished state. While playing I did manage to discover a few bugs, only one of which was considered a “blocker” (a testing term for that the game can’t continue). And Fabrice took my reports quickly and told me he’s on it. Now how’s that for turnaround time? Honestly, the guy is on top of things and I really do see the game being polished like the fine golden turd that it is (that’s a good thing…I’ll get to that in a bit) by the time May’s over. Rest assured, if you’re a fan of stupid and juvenile humor you’ll love this game.
The Kickstarter launched in October 2015 and just a half year or so later Demetrios will see the light of day. I can comfortably say that if this quick release isn’t a first in adventure games (if not gaming in general) it certainly ranks in the top five. And, along the way, Fabrice has kept everyone more-or-less up to date on development with about an update a month since the campaign ended. Which is about the perfect length of time between in my opinion. And, speaking of updates, the latest one just released this month a trailer has been provided (you can watch that below) as well as a call out to testers who want to go bug squashing. So, if you’re like me and want to get early access while knocking out any problem areas now’s your chance.
So, while I didn’t quite get to finish Demetrios I did get to the endgame and I really see this one being well received amongst the community, especially those who want a bit more childish humor in their experience. The game does have an overabundance of fart jokes and noises, but that’s to be expected from an imbecile like Bjorn. And I’ll admit to laughing at a few of the gross predicaments we find him and those around him in. In short, I liken this as Broken Sword on crack. Where George Stobbart was at least intelligent Bjorn is an idiot that follows the path of least resistance and still manages to save the day in the end.