Friday, March 7, 2014

ExtGame of the day : Donald Dowell

In ExtGames, I present other small indie games created by people like me, who try to work at home by passion, with no (or low) funds. These games are usually quite unknown of the public but may deserve a bit of attention. If you like the idea and heard of other games that deserve to appear in this category, contact me !

 I could finally find a bit of free time to try a new indie adventure game lately. It doesn’t seem to be very famous, but the italian author has done a big effort to translate it into english. The name is Donald Dowell and the Ghost of Barker Manor, by ApeMarina. When I started the game, I quickly realized that it was promising. The retro graphics took me back to the good old pixel era, with a very nice feeling. I liked the world of the game and the detailed graphics, with nice backgrounds.

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The best, according to me, is the quality of the texts. I don’t know for an english born player if it sounds as great as it sounds for me, but the dialogues are really funny. I found here what I liked in old LucasArts classic games : comical replicas, choice of answers, weird situations, and stupid characters.
The story is simple but the way it’s turned makes it immersive :
the 80 years old Donald is bored in his retirement. Days are passing slowly and he doesn’t seem to stand his wife anymore. That’s why he takes the decision to go look for a job. He visits his little town in search for a new situation, but nobody seems ready to hire the old foggey. That’s when he discovers an anouncement to become a Ghostbuster. He suddenly realises that’s what he always wanted to do, and the game really starts here : Donald has to convince the guy to hire him !

If you’re not convinced to give it a try, I have to add that this game is… free !