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Her Majesty’s SPIFFING – Quick Game Review

Her Majesty’s SPIFFING – Quick Game Review
Her Majesty’s SPIFFING (PC [Reviewed])
Developer: Billy Goat Entertainment Ltd
Publisher: Billy Goat Entertainment Ltd

Her Majesty’s SPIFFING is a short, but very good point and click adventure game with funny dialog and amusing characters.

You are part of a two man crew searching for a habitable planet to colonize on behalf of Great Britain. The story is cute, and silly. I was satisfied with the ending, but it definitely leaves the story open for a sequel. The dialog is full of witty banter, and has a whole lot of puns that made me smile several times during my playthrough. The game makes many references to outdated real world things and other games, which I found to be quite funny. Does anyone else remember clippy, and how cute, but annoying he was?

The point and click gameplay was as expected. You click around to move, and choose what you want to interact with, and then decide how you want to try and interact with it. The puzzles are clear-cut; they don’t offer much of a challenge, and the game even acknowledges that fact. Movement felt on par with other point and click adventure games I’ve played, like Sam & Max. The character usually cooperates, but sometimes when the camera angle change it causes you to walk the wrong way.

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Pros:
  • great dialog with the witty comments, jokes, and puns will make you smile or laugh quite often
  • point and click gameplay is what you would hope for, and it’s comparable to other point and click adventure games (i.e. Sam & Max, The Tales of Monkey Island)
  • the puzzles are straightforward, and make sense, but they are also on the easy side (which may be a con for some)
  • character animations look good, and the environments look decent as well
  • voice acting was decent, and the soundtrack was fine
  • full controller support
Cons:
  • very short, and lacks replay value, unless you plan to go back for achievements (I completed the game in just under 2.5 hours, but I expect some people will take around 3 hours)
  • (nitpick) even with the anti-aliasing turned on, it still looked like there were some funky edges
  • (nitpick) one small area where you try and click on the arrow to move to the next screen, but the character doesn’t go, and another area where both characters are moving around, and you collide – it’s not a big deal, just a minor nuisance
  • (nitpick) keybindings are not customizable (but the default controls are standard, and will be fine for most people)

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Conclusion:

Overall, I enjoyed the game, especially all the witty banter, and out of game references that came along with it. It’s a good pickup for those who enjoyed Sam & Max or Tales of Monkey Island. Although, it is an extremely short game, so you may want wait for a sale.

Rating:

75