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Kaptain Brawe: A Brawe New World (Full) Review

By Dave Flodine, on January 27, 2012


Kaptain Brawe: A Brawe New World (Full)
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PROS

  • A throwback to the adventure games of the early 90s.
  • Decent touch interface and helpful hint system.
  • A more difficult setting for those disliking hints.

CONS

  • Some may find the lack of voice acting an issue.
  • The achievements that pop up every time a puzzle is solved are irritating.

VERDICT

Adventure game fans will really enjoy this addition to the genre. For others, the lack of voice acting, and the slow pace of solving puzzles might be a deterrent.


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Kaptain Brawe is a cop. A space cop! They do things differently in space, like spell captain with a K. Imagine taking control of Zap Brannigan, only instead of being a complete incompetent with a side kick that despises you, you have the added bonus of having some modicum of intelligence, but that's only because of the player actually doing the legwork in solving the puzzles.

As adventure games go, this is what we would call a throwback to the adventures of the early 1990s. Well OK, it's been updated control wise for the iPhone platform with hotspots and a comprehensive hint system, but in look and feel, you'd swear you were playing a Lucasarts adventure that was released before the magic of CD-ROM technology. What this means is there is no voice acting. Now for a lot of people this will be a deal breaker, especially for those who weren't gaming before listening to characters actually speak their dialogue was commonplace. It does lend a certain amount of personal interpretation however, and adventure game fans might feel nostalgic at the different colored text for each character.

Now as with every adventure game, the meat of the experience comes down to the story and the puzzles. The puzzles are classically interwoven (where step three of one puzzle is step one or two of another), and nothing should completely vex any player (after all, that's what the hint system is there for). We won't ruin much of the story for you, but it starts with a distress call on a planet and in typical adventure game fashion leads to something much greater. The humor and characters kept the tale entertaining throughout the play.

For fans of the genre, this is a definite recommend. It's visually stunning, fun to play through, and has a little bit of a Space Quest vibe to it. For those who find adventure games too slow or not engaging enough, this title won't change your mind on the matter. Appealing to fans might limit the game's potential audience but its potential audience should be more than satisfied.

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