Demetrios – The BIG Cynical Adventure

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Title:  Demetrios – The Big Cynical Adventure
Developer:  COWCAT
Publisher:  COWCAT
Website:  https://www.demetriosgame.com/en/
Genre:  Adventure, Puzzle
Platform:  Nintendo Switch
Audience:  12 – There are 3 levels of toilet humour.  I would suggest that the highest level would make the game a 16.
Release Date:  December 3rd 2018
Price:  £8.99 – Rapid Reviews UK was very kindly provided with a review code for this game.

What the Developers say

Bjorn Thonen, a slob of an antique dealer living in Paris, is robbed one night after coming home drunk. Forced to conduct his own investigation with the help of his neighbor Sandra, he ends up involved in a murky, mysterious affair.


Will these unlikely heroes be able to rise up and discover ancient secrets?

  • A long, varied, standalone adventure (8 to 12 hours of gameplay)
  • Over 15,000 lines of dialogue
  • Hand drawn art in Full HD
  • A high level of interactivity
  • Multiple, fun mini-games integrated into the story
  • In-game hints: Search and collect hidden cookies on every screen!
  • Fully translated into English, French, Spanish, Italian, German and Russian

Introduction

Demetrios, from Indie Developer COWCAT, is a wacky point-and-click
Adventure game. Initially launched in 2016, the game has made its way on to consoles, with the latest version ported to the Switch.  Read on for my Rapid Review of this title.

Looks and Sounds

I liked how this game looked.  You feel like you’re in a live cartoon.  The developer has put a lot of work into the hand-drawn HD artwork of this game, and it shows.  There is no voice acting in this game, however, as it is presented in a comic book style, I do not believe that this harms the game. 

The soundtrack is catchy, and it changes depending on the location you find yourself exploring.  The sound effects are what you would expect, and of a good quality.

Gameplay and Replayability

Demetrios is well thought out and designed game.  The controls are intuitive, and the ability to use the touchscreen option of the Nintendo Switch lends itself well to the genre.  

There are a variety of mini-games which need to be played to progress through the story.  Some games reward you with items which can then be used to solve puzzles.

An aspect of the game which I enjoyed was the fact that it wasn’t a simple case of clicking the screen to find things. Items need to be collected, combined and used in different scenarios, with varying outcomes. I also liked the conversational aspect of the game. You’re not shoehorned into a direction; you can choose different topics for discussion, each with their consequences, good or bad.

This game offers a broad experience.  With around 10 hours of gameplay and over 15,000 lines of unique dialogue, there is plenty here to keep you engaged and coming back for more.

A unique feature of the game is the fact that it encourages actions which lead to a Game Over!  Each chapter has some ways in which you can meet your maker or get sent to jail.  A couple of my favourites include; setting a crate of beer on fire, leading it to explode, and a time when I got arrested for peeing in a plant pot in the Police Station.

How many ways can you find to die?

Furthermore, there are cookies hidden in each scene of the game which completionists will want to collect all 114 of.  

There is also the opportunity to purchase music, artwork and mini-games.

After the final credits, I was pleased to see a personal message from the Developer.  This was a nice touch and one that every developer should consider.

Conclusion

Demetrios – The BIG Cynical Adventure is a hoot!  If you appreciate programmes like South Park, Family Guy, American Dad and The Cleveland Show, you’re going to love the humour in this game.  The story is wacky and will have you laughing out loud at times.  Although this game doesn’t take itself too seriously, it has been made so well that it definitely deserves your attention.

Rapid Reviews UK Rating

4 out of 5

You can support the Developer by purchasing their game on the Nintendo eShop at the following link, https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-Switch-download-software/Demetrios-The-BIG-Cynical-Adventure-1463370.html#gameDetails

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