This is what I really love. Playing videogames.
So first, an announcement. What I tried to do with “Roy’s Gaming Planet,” telling the stories behind the videogames we all love, seemed like a noble endeavor. But seriously, the world behind videogames is ugly. And it only got uglier the deeper I dug. I don’t want any part of it. I just want to play, and occasionally Tweet or blog. That’s all. So “Roy’s Gaming Planet” is shut down. And I’m better for it.
Now, on to this week’s #BacklogSunday selection. It’s called ‘Hector: Badge of Carnage,’ and I got it as part of a Humble Bundle a while ago. It’s an episodic point-and-click adventure from Telltale Games, developed by a company called Straandlooper. Actually, there’s a bit of a story behind the development of this series, but I can’t be bothered to share it here. Look it up.
I chose it because it looked like something that would make me laugh. And after this past week, I needed that. The game itself is a cartoony point-and-click game in which you play as Hector, a Detective Inspector in the Clappers Wreake police department. Clappers Wreake is a town in the Midlands of Great Britain, and it’s kind of a dump. And Hector is kind of a wreck himself. But in a funny way, not in that sad, Max Payne way.
To get through the story in ‘Hector,’ you have to complete tasks such as finding your pants or fixing a clock, all in the form of point-and-click puzzle solving. Even though Hector is a detective, there’s not much detective work in the game. Hector’s interactions with the citizens of Clappers Wreake are hilarious, and not so British that you won’t get the humor (but if you’re a fan of British humor, you may laugh a bit harder).
To be sure, ‘Hector’ is not what you’d call “family friendly,” which doesn’t bother me. Bring on the raunchy humor! Episode 1 took me two hours to complete, and I think I’ll probably play the other two episodes later this week. I have a feeling I’ll be needing a few laughs.
Next week, another #BacklogSunday with a PS3 game that I’ve had for over six months and is still in the plastic! Sunday evening at 7-ish on Twitter.