Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist Steam Review
A fan of games like The Stanley Parable and The Beginner’s Guide? Then you’ll want to check out Dr. Langsekov, The Tiger and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist!
Dr. Langeskove, The Tiger and The Very Long Name is the first game from Crows Crows Crows, the new studio from Stanley Parable designer William Pugh, whose partner Davey Wreden went on to work on the sublime The Beginner’s Guide. Pugh’s game also relies on the use of a narrator, this time voiced by Simon Amstell of Never Mind the Buzzcocks fame. Justin Roiland also features, through the use of cassette tapes that can be discovered over the game’s 20 minute run-time. Unfortunately, Amstell’s performance seems rushed as the quality of his delivery varies dramatically. Perhaps the use of big names resulted in less opportunity for rehearsal and recording time, as even Roiland’s usually hilarious improvisational character rants seem off-kilter. Then again, perhaps this is in an attempt to mirror the plot: a game losing its staff due to poor working conditions and requiring the player to go behind the scenes in order to control what the ‘actual’ player of the ‘actual’ game is seeing.
The experience is enjoyable and rife with clever jabs about game development and internet commentary on game development. Mirroring the idea of dialogue responding to player actions like in Stanley was perhaps a little less clever. There just isn’t a large enough variety of options for the player to really require these extra snippets of dialogue to be present and players are un-likely to be as enthused about seeing them present here. What is much more exciting though is the incredible environment design and lighting. It honestly does feel like there is a real game to be played just beyond the wall, just down below, just round the corner. You know there isn’t anything there, but still you strain your neck to try to see something more, which is such an accomplishment.
While Dr. Laneskov will most likely not go on to be a prime example of its genre, the fact that the amount of games like this around is so few and the occasional flourishes of fantastic are enough to recommend giving Dr. Laneskov a play. Releasing this short game for free was a great move on Crows Crows Crows part, and is definitely going to achieve its vision of hyping audiences up for the releases they are planning for 2016.