A few days ago, Alex Francois, the man behind Brainchild Studios and the recently released episodic adventure game The Slaughter, contacted me and graciously offered me a Steam key for the first episode of his game. Now, as you know, I don’t usually cover episodic games until the season releases, at least not for reviews, but as you saw earlier this week, I’ve decided to cover episodic games with Let’s Plays including my impressions of the game, some bad jokes and just trying to have fun with the episodes.
The Slaughter is a noir Point & Click adventure game. There’s danger, intrigue, mysteries, violence and death and even tragic romance. It has all the elements of a good detective caper down perfectly. But what gives it its edge over the competition is that it’s not set during the Prohibition in the US nor is it a modern tale. The Slaughter takes place in Victorian England, London specifically and during the Jack the Ripper killings.
But is the killer you’re seeking really The Ripper? Or is it someone taking advantage of the notoriety to mask their crimes? This question was on my mind for the duration of my playthrough of the first act and I’m still not sure. I can safely say that The Slaughter has me hooked. I want to know more, I want to follow Sydney, our Victorian detective, down this scary rabbit hole and find out the truth.
In my playthrough I made a mistake on the names of the Ripper victims, as the name of some characters sounded familiar to me. I apologise for that, I double checked later and realised my mistake.
There is a minigame I didn’t enjoy very much, and it was the reason for the two episodes. I originally stopped playing because of it, as I realised it would take ages to record a win on it. But thankfully Alex was way ahead of me and added a nice feature that you’ll hear me talk about in the second episode. Good form, very good! Fascinating approach to Anti-Frustration! Still don’t like the minigame though…
Without further ado, I’ll leave you to The Slaughter: Act One.
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