Detective fiction writing is one of those things you’re either captivated by or find yourself falling asleep halfway through. The Raven Remastered is definitely one of the former. It’s been a long time since I have played a game that could stand on the merit of its plotline alone and it makes me rather annoyed at myself for missing it the first time around.
What we have in front of us is a point and click, whodunit adventure developed by KING Art and published by THQ Nordic. A famous thief has apparently risen from the grave and it’s up to us to stop him!
The game features heavy references to the works of Agatha Christie and takes place over three different chapters. Each features a different character that we will take the role of and, as the story progresses, different perspectives are also revealed.
Introducing Indiana Poirot and Friends
In the first chapter of The Raven Remastered, we play as Constable Anton Jakob Zellner. I can now see why Agatha Christie got fed up with Hercule Poirot! Zellner is him, mixed with Sherlock Holmes’s erratic behavior. Despite being told numerous times to stop, Zellner is a man on a mission to prove his worth and does everything he can to get involved.
The writers who worked on this character have pushed the boat out for the egocentric creature that Christie eventually became so repulsed by. Although, in the end, Zellner’s reasoning is revealed and turns out to be bloody brilliant!
Peculiar traits are something the people at KING Art have gifted all their characters with. We have the forlorn violinist David Kreutzer, whose passions are slowly burning out. There’s Lady Clarissa Westmacott, who is terrifyingly reminiscent of Angela Lansbury’s character Jessica Fletcher (or perhaps Christie herself), as death just seems to follow her writing.
These figures and many more are just so rich in detail and lore that it brings them to life. You won’t simply play alongside them, but actually get to share and experience fragments of their existence!
Plots on the Nile
The plot for The Raven Remastered is equally as rich as the characters this game features. The first chapter follows both Zellner and two other people. All that happens on the screen, however, unfolds over the same time-frame. As a result, each of the protagonists gives us a new perspective on the same events and more details as to what is really going on.
We’ve got characters that are larger-than-life, a plot that just bleeds detective fiction references, but great locations also play a role in making this title amazing. Part of the game takes place on the Orient Express, just before we end up on a cruise ship. Seriously… The Raven Remastered oozes murder mystery!
Although the puzzles themselves are simple, they are intricate just as much as the story! I went from lockpicking, to distracting a guard by playing with a dog, to making a torch out of booze and a chair leg. What do you expect though, it’s a point and click adventure!
The Thirteen Problems
Luckily, other than the occasional invisible person or clipping texture, I haven’t had many problems with the game. To be sincere, the main issue I had with The Raven Remastered was the movement of the character.
I struggled to find where I needed to click sometimes whilst trying to maneuver, and this became frustrating. Oh, and Adil disappeared on me at one point!
Overall, I found The Raven Remastered to be a riveting and thoroughly enjoyable experience. It’s a great game to sit back with and casually play. The story holds you right until the credits roll and the puzzles are intricate and rewarding.
It’s a title you could play through again just to try and catch all the story points you may have missed. I think KING Art did a great job remastering this gem. It isn’t a game to play to check out the new graphics, but to swim in a beautifully crafted murder mystery in your hunt for The Raven!