Nordic Games will be releasing its three chapter adventure game The Raven – Legacy of a Master Thief shortly, and we had the chance to preview episode one.
Set across 1960’s Europe, The Raven – Legacy of a Master Thief is a fast-paced point and click adventure journeying through thrilling and dense atmospheres with the aim of catching the art burglar, the raven. Players follow the Raven’s trademark black feather clues to capture the thief and to protect a legendary sapphire, the “Eye of the Sphinx” on its journey from Switzerland to Egypt. This criminal tale – full of twists and turns – immerses the player in both sides of the story, the investigators’, as well as the thief’s, thereby combining elements of ‘Whodunit’ with a Heist story.
In a nutshell The Raven is a point and click adventure story where you get to choose what happens by clicking on one of the various options given to you.
Throughout the chapters are a large number of cut-scenes which explain to the player what is going on, and sets up the next part of the adventure – you can click through them if you want, however you will miss vital clues!
One thing I really liked is that when my character picked something up, other characters around him were aware of what he had in his hand, also the game deals very well with other objects – there is no putting a large object in your pocket when in reality you couldn’t do it!
The Raven is also aimed at different types of players. If you are a seasoned player you can take on optional puzzles, where as if you are a novice you get a notebook and a lot of help, so don’t worry, there is something for everyone.
The plot moved along very quickly, I didn’t feel that there was any real filler, so there is a lot to do, and you shouldn’t feel bored.
The music works very well in the game, helping to create an atmosphere that instantly makes you think of Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot.
There is also an Interactive Graphic Novel which is available now so for those who can’t wait for chapter one to be released you can play this free to play game right now. It is essentially a prequel to the main game and allows you to discover the back story to the bitter rivalry between The Raven and his pursuer detective Legrand.
If you want to give it a go, and it’s worth it, visit the Interactive Graphic Novel here.
In the preview build of chapter one there were a few minor bugs, however I am assured that all these will be sorted in time for the release later this month, so no drama there!
I enjoyed playing chapter one, it had a very interesting story and really drew me in, I look forward to chapter two! Check back soon for our full review of the first chapter.
The first chapter will be released for download on the 23rd July via steam for PC, Mac and even Linux. It will be available via Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network a little later in the summer, so if you would prefer to play it on a console then you shouldn’t have too long to wait. The second chapter is due for release on the 27th August and the third and final chapter is due on the 24th September. There is also a boxed edition with all three chapter due for release on the 24th October.
For more information on The Raven – Legacy of a Master Thief, visit the website.