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Added to the lair: 1/10/19

Genre: Point-And-Click Adventure / 3rd person

Developer: Perfect 10 Productions

Year: 1995

Platform: DOS

Emulator: ScummVM

Wikipedia: Discworld

Discworld

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Games like The Secret of Monkey Island, Full Throttle, King's Quest, Space Quest, and others achieved a great deal of success critically and commercially, but there's no shortage of great adventure games that just didn't quite manage to hit that same mark for whatever reason. That's a shame, because Discworld is just as good as some of the best offerings in the genre - it suffers from some of the same pitfalls as all item-based point-and-click adventures (questionable puzzle logic) but the things that its contemporaries do well it also excels at.

 

The writing is charming and hilarious. The voice acting is fantastic, with the inimitable Eric Idle voicing Rincewind (the protagonist). The art is beautiful and creative. Oh, and puns... lots of puns. It's whimsical and ridiculous, and it relishes in that ridiculousness - it doesn't take itself seriously at all and frequently breaks the fourth wall. It's a great, silly time.

If you don't like point-and-click adventures, Discworld probably won't win you over any more than the alternatives, but if you're a fan of the genre and like a good dash of ridiculous comedy with your adventures, especially if you're a Terry Pratchet fan, you should really check it out.