In space, no one can hear you talk.
When I was a kid, I used to love watching the Inspector Gadget cartoon. There was something about Gadget’s naivety and relative innocence that made him a joy to watch. This kind of bumbling hero, the sort who is always convinced that no matter what the situation truth and justice will prevail, has made an appearance across all media formats over the years.
The latest appearance of this type of loveable hero is in the titular role of Kaptain Brawe: A Brawe New World from Cateia Games. Kaptain Brawe is an old-fashioned police man in an alternate universe where technological advances have allowed space exploration way before its time. The result is a universe filled with both technology and old-fashioned attitudes. Kaptain Brawe is charged with protecting his area of the universe from the attentions of Kribbs, space pirates of sorts.
The story begins as Kaptain Brawe and his navigator, ensign Kralek, answer a distress call from a crash landed spaceship. What follows is an exciting adventure with conspiracies, political corruption, a mysterious assassin and a healthy dose of humour.
Kaptain Brawe is a classic point and click adventure in the style that we all know and love, taking inspiration from games such as the Monkey Island series. Combining simple gameplay, obscure puzzles, colourful graphics and plenty of wit seems to be a winning combination in the genre. Gameplay in Kaptain Brawe takes place across four different planets and will have the player controlling three different characters, including Kaptain Brawe himself.
As is usual with this type of game, a lot of the puzzles are vague in the extreme, requiring solutions that simply defy logic. The hardcore players of this genre will find this nothing new and likely take it in their stride. However, newcomers may find these solution to be frustrating. Fortunately, the game comes with a casual option which provides the player with hints to solutions. A nice touch.
The controls are simplicity itself. Left click to interact, right click to access the inventory. It is in here that you place all of the items that are found during your adventure, many of which will be used as solutions to the games frequent puzzles. All of this works very well, but it is quite difficult to get wrong.
The visual style is gorgeous to look at, with handÂ drawn environments and characters. They are nicely coloured and reminiscent of slightly older cartoons, such as Ulysses (for those that can remember back that far). What I do find to be a huge disappointment is the soundwork. Whereas the background sounds do a perfectly adequate job, the lack of any voices makes the game seem overly quiet and devoid of atmosphere. I actually found myself putting the TV on in the background, just to make it feel a little less eerie. In reality, all of the conversations are presented in subtitles, which does the job. But the lack of voices really has a negative effect on the game, in my mind at least.
Otherwise, Kaptain Brawe is a perfectly good example of a point and click adventure. It is not ground breaking by any means, but it doesn’t really do anything drastically wrong, aside from the lack of voices. If you are a big fan of point and click adventures, then certainly give this a try, you won’t be disappointed. However, If you are new to the genre, there are other titles out there that will offer a better first time experience.
Kaptain Brawe: A Brawe New World is available from GamersGate