Who doesn't like a good mystery? The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief, Chapter One puts you in the shoes of an eager constable. Can you solve the clues to catch a thief? I suspect anything but an elementary case.
In The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief you play as Anton Jakob Zellner, a Swiss constable assigned to help guard a special cargo on the Orient Express. Constable Zellner is an over-the-hill, portly officer who has a penchant for detective novels. He finds out he is working with the legendary Interpol investigator Nicolas Legrand, who stopped the master thief The Raven. The Raven has seemingly returned and stole one of two rubies known as the Eyes of the Sphinx. Realizing this might be a big chance to prove himself, constable Zellner attempts to impress himself to Investigator Legrand. Legrand on the other hand, insists that constable Zellner stick to his duties and leave the detective work to himself. Not giving up, constable Zellner continues to "help" investigate, occasionally getting himself into a pickle, but he does start to prove he is capable to help chase down The Raven.
The story itself is not complete. Developer King Art Games are releasing it in three chapters over the course of three months. The first chapter leaves you with a cliffhanger waiting for the next chapter.
Controls and Gameplay
The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief is a classic point-and-click adventure. You'll spend most of your time moving your cursor over the scene looking for hotspots to find objects to collect or interact with. Each section of Chapter One is small. So you have to make poor constable Zellner backtrack over areas quite often.
One of the big selling points of the game is that all of the puzzles are supposed to be realistic and could be done in the real world. While this is true for most of them, one in particular in the second section of chapter one pushed the envelope of reality. In it constable Zellner is trying to free himself from being tied up to a chair. When his efforts to retrieve a nearby knife fail, he ends up getting hung on a crane hook that breaks the chair.
Graphics and Sound
The art style for The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief falls into a realistic caricature look. Constable Zellner and investigator Legrand's assistant, constable Robert Oliver, both are portrayed as pudgy, but capable while investigator Legrand is fit and handsome.
The voice acting for the complete cast is remarkably well done throughout. Everyone sounds like they really got into their parts.
The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief evokes a feeling of classic Agatha Christie mysteries. Giving the player interesting characters to interact with, but each of which could be the culprit. They have been well thought out and make the story come to life. The story itself really shines in the game. It keeps you moving forward, looking to find out the full story.
Where the game falters is the gameplay. Some of the puzzles feel unnecessary. Understandably some are to help introduce other characters, but it seems a long way to go. This happens more in the first part of Chapter One, while the latter half starts picking up steam with the actual mystery including a murder.
King Act Games really show they have mastered the storytelling aspect of the game, now they just need to tweak the gameplay side. I give The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief a 4 out of 5.
The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief is rated T for Teen by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB).
It is available now for PC, Mac, and Linux. For more information see The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief web site.