Sunday, April 13, 2014

Review: Fester Mudd - Curse of the Gold [Episode One] (Game)

Replay Games are responsible for a library that is lined with a host of mediocre at best games from beginning to end, including titles such as Cakemania and the Oddworld series. The latest release by the company, Fester Mudd - Curse of the Gold, finds itself being issued in three episodic adventures and takes a much different approach in game style as opposed to their previous efforts, with a throw back to 1990's point and click titles. Will this escapade be enough to redeem their lackluster background or is it another write off into obscurity?

Genre: Adventure, Point & Click
Developer: Replay Games
Publisher: Replay Games
Release Date: November 4th, 2013
Play Time: 1-2 Hours
Price: $9.99 USD
Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux

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Rating: 6.5/10







Replay Games are responsible for a library that is lined with a host of mediocre at best games from beginning to end, including titles such as Cakemania and the Oddworld series. The latest release by the company, Fester Mudd - Curse of the Gold, finds itself being issued in three episodic adventures and takes a much different approach in game style as opposed to their previous efforts, with a throw back to 1990's point and click titles. Will this escapade be enough to redeem their lackluster background or is it another write off into obscurity?

Let it be said that Fester Mudd - Curse of the Gold, Episode One is no where near being a bad game, it's actually pretty fun and a great throwback to the classic LucasArts and Sierra games of yesteryear. The player takes on the role of controlling Fester Mudd, who after receiving a letter sets out to join his brother Bud in the town of Loamsmouth. Fester soon realizes that his brother has gone missing after presumably going in search of allegedly cursed gold and it's up to Fester to find both and what ensues is a prelude to the peril that Fester will soon face on his journey through the Wild West. Our hero encounters a decent variety of characters during this adventure, many of whom come to aid him either purposefully or inadvertently. The game is laden with humor and indirect nods to various old school point and click titles which are good for a few chuckles here and there.


The graphics bring a great nostalgic feel to the game with highly detailed pixel art and fantastic animations. The accompanying soundtrack aids this feeling with simplistic yet endearing western style compositions that really sink the player into an immersive old western atmosphere. There are tons of items and objects to interact with and find, as well as multitudes of puzzles to solve to advance further through the game. There's an adequate amount of dialogue, although most of it is an optional experience. The main story line is just an opener for the next two episodes and reveals little detail on what is to come in the future, but instead the game relies on foreboding and subtle hints that guides the player's imagination.

With so much good going for it, sadly Fester Mudd - Curse of the Gold, Episode One falls just short of any type of glory. Sadly this title only clocks in at a maximum of two hours of game time due to its extremely short story and the straightforward puzzles that are the entire make up of the game. The player will also find themselves revisiting the same four or five screens tiresomely as they travel back and forth to complete tasks; even the humor begins to wear thin after a while, which given the short time frame of this episode isn't a good sign for future installments.

One of the better titles from Replay Games, Fester Mudd - Curse of the Gold, Episode One has some great ideas within it and a wonderful nostalgic overtone that really sends players reminiscing about the finer Sierra games from the late 1980's and early 1990's. The soundtrack is enjoyable and the graphics are stylish and cartoony. However at the asking price of $9.99 the mere two hours of game play that the audience will receive doesn't seem worth it at this point. It's highly recommended to wait until this title ends up in an Indie Gala or Humble Bundle, or until all three episodes are released; at which time they may be bundled together for one price. Look forward to Episode Two, however wait this purchase out until then. 

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