Once Upon a Climb surpasses the first two episodes, thanks to a funny screenplay, a couple of stimulating old-school puzzles, and some breath-taking areas. By far the best chapter in the series, with an interesting backstory that finally emerges.
Chapter 3 had me smiling the entire way throughout, and sometimes even laughing out loud. As Graham matures and makes more meaningful connections during his time in Daventry, it seems like the tale being told deepens too, and I can’t wait to see what part of Graham’s life we get to be a part of next.
In addition to telling its own capsule story about how Graham got his groove on, Once Upon A Climb also continues to propel the narrative about Manny and his brother, which has been a continuing thread – along with old Graham’s failing health. Judging from Graham’s condition, it seems ever-so-likely that this tale will have a bittersweet ending. In the meantime, I’m enjoying the journey.
While I was thrilled to be able to spend more time with Graham and company, Once Upon A Climb is somewhat unsubstantial and unsatisfying. It’s not a bad episode by any means, but with only two more installments left to go, I’m hoping that the Gentlemen can get back up to speed and finish the series as strong as it started.
SummaryContinuing Sierra and The Odd Gentlemen’s modern reimagining of the classic adventure game series, Once Upon A Climb focuses on King Graham’s quest to rescue his future bride—Queen Valanice—from the wicked witch Hagatha’s tower.