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Average User Score: 7.7Jan 28, 2014This is an elegant, understated, and unique experience that is well beyond what my expectations were. The story is the centerpiece, but it isThis is an elegant, understated, and unique experience that is well beyond what my expectations were. The story is the centerpiece, but it is enhanced by unprecedented artwork, a moving orchestral soundtrack, an A-List voice cast, and a humor that is characteristic of the one-and-only Tim Schafer.
The story is as simple and unassuming as it is mature and weighty. Yet, somehow, it's frickin' hilarious too. My favorite thing about the story is how you get to know these characters and their motivations leading up to the ending. No spoilers here, but the ending is what sold me on the story. In fact, I think this game works better as two acts because of it.
The art is above reproach. Nathan "Bagel" Stapley's style is unmistakably the star of the show and - WOW - is it a sight to behold! The animations are nuanced and work to support the art style - without taking anything away from it.
The sound and voice acting just completes the feeling of immersion. I love the Lumberjack, particularly - well done, Will Wheaton. With a cast the includes Jack Black and Elijah Wood, though, can you really go wrong?
The puzzles are intuitive, which I think is incredibly important for newcomers: if you've never played an adventure game, this is a great way to cut your teeth. Tim has also made it clear that Act II will be much more difficult, so you'll have a ramp and by the time it's all said and done you'll be a pro.
Any avid gamer needs to experience this game and I would recommend getting it now vs. waiting for Act II. It's at once a nostalgia trip and a glimpse into the future of graphic adventures. Well done, Double Fine!… Expand