Demetrios – The BIG Cynical Adventure is a very vulgar, and very cynical point and click mystery adventure game.
This game is NOT for those who are sensitive, or easily offended, and it’s not for those looking for a serious game either. The gameplay was what you would expect from a point and click game: you spend nearly all of your time talking to other characters, clicking things, fetching items, and putting items together.
All of the story and dialog was told through text, and character text bubbles. The story itself started off as a mystery, trying to figure out who robbed you, and why. There were several actions you could take that led to either your death or imprisonment, but then you could just continue from right before making that choice.
The plot wasn’t that bad, but there were some very goofy parts that some people would probably consider gross or offensive. The game didn’t take itself seriously, and even at the end, the still game poked fun at itself. The main character was a total jerk, as expected, but a lot of the other characters were rude as well. There were just a few nice characters that I actually liked.
There were puzzles, and mini games throughout the chapters, and some were more enjoyable than others, but none of them really stood out as being great.
When I first started the game, I knew it was going to be very cynical, since “Cynical” IS part of the title, but I did not expect it to be so vulgar. It’s not that I have anything against tasteless comments or behaviours, but jokes about bodily functions got old pretty quickly. Maybe I’m just too old to appreciate all the fart, poop, and puke jokes, but I could have used less bodily function jokes, and more sexual innuendo. (UPDATE: You can now tone down the toilet humour, or even turn it off completely.)
- there are optional (cookie) hints you can find in nearly every room, and you can use them if you get stuck (point and click adventures have a habit of making me feel dumb when overlooking the obvious, so the hints were extremely helpful)
- excellent audio control options to adjust individual settings
- cartoon graphics looked good, and there were no noticeable graphical issues
- characters were unique had their own expressions
- the game ran very smoothly, and loading different areas was very quick
- could consistently interact with objects, and pick up some without even knowing what they’re used for
- much more vulgar than expected; the fart, puke, and poop jokes get old quickly – UPDATE: You can now choose to play with less “toilet” humour, or none at all.
- some of the comments may be found offensive, gross and/or cringe worthy (but some people may enjoy that)
- music was a bit repetitive, and there were a maybe 2 or 3 times where the music stopped playing until travelling to another area – UPDATE: There are now added music tracks in one of the zones.
- a lot of very loud and obnoxious farting, belching, and vomiting sounds combined with the constant typing sound effect when text is scrolling (but at least you can turn the sound effects volume to near minimum)
The story was linear, and the game took me about 9 hours to complete. Once you finish it, there’s no reason to replay it, unless you want achievements.
Overall, the game looked good, played great, and ran well, but the humour is not going to be appreciated by everyone. Some parts made me smile, and nod in agreement, while many other parts were cringe worthy, and made me shake my head. If you enjoy point and click adventure games, have a cynical sense of humour, and appreciate crude comedy, then check out Demetrios – The Big Cynical Adventure. There is a demo available containing the entire first chapter.
Review copy was provided by the developer.