I love a good science fiction comedy story. They’re two genres that work well together, and I’ve yet to be disappointed in a game I’ve played. In fact, my favorite adventure game series is Space Quest, which should tell you the kind of tale I look for. In the case of A Little Less Desperation, this does seem to invoke some memories of playing that series. It also has more than a bit of Zak McKracken feel to it, too.
The basic premise for A Little Less Desperation is that Jacob, a simple vegetable farmer, gets sent on an intergalactic quest to save the universe. Or something like that. Just like the adventure games mentioned above, he’s not exactly your average hero. In fact, he also doesn’t believe in aliens. Even being abducted I’m sure he doubts their existence.
Gameplay-wise, there is little to differentiate A Little Less Desperation from the rest of the genre. However, if it ain’t broke why fix it? Where this one stands out is in the narrative. Like most adventure games, it’s about the story. Outside of Jacob’s adventures in outer space, little is told about the plot beyond him bumbling into Sludge Vo…um, I mean Electron Burke’s nefarious plans.
Thankfully, there’s a demo to try out if you’re interested but on the fence about backing. I know I’ll be giving it a spin before putting money in, but just the pitch alone is almost enough to give it a few bucks. Whether or not I do back, I’m keeping an eye on A Little Less Desperation.