Chaos on Deponia Review (PC)
For those that have not played the first part of the Deponia trilogy (at least the first two instalments out so far), they are point and click game where you find hidden objects and solve puzzles with beautiful graphics, witty humour and avery interesting story. You main character is Rufus, grubby, delusional, self-centred, clumsy (except when he is stealing) and generally quite an unpleasant fella. Rufus lives on a planet called Deponia and it is literally a dump filled with rubbish, so for a find a hidden object game, it is in essence a paradise.
If you have played the first part, you probably liked Deponia, right? Well, maybe, apart from the slow pace and the long, long puzzles….The second instalment of the trilogy, Chaos on Deponia, is an improvement on those little annoyances while keeping all that we loved in the first Deponia. However, there are still too many long meaningless pieces of dialogue. Sometimes initially they are just a bit of fun, but they do become annoying when you hear the same thing over and over again (for example when you click on the wrong thing and you hear a funny comment, but you do end up clicking on a lot of wrong places and you hear the same comment quite a few time and it gets annoying).
The game starts with a tutorial. Boring, right? Well, actually, it is one of the most amusing ones I have seen in awhile. Considering I have already played the game and I thought I really did not need a tutorial, it is very witty and you can skip some if you want, but I found it so funny that I did it anyway. After that you can embark on the great adventure to save the world, the love of your life and meanwhile be your (Rufus’s) usual self, rummaging through everyone’s stuff (and rubbish), stealing things and generally getting into trouble.
There is a quick recap of the most important things that happened in the first part so you can actually start playing the game from Chaos on Deponia. The puzzles are still challenging but there is an improvement on the number of steps needed to complete to solve a puzzle. It is a lot more straightforward, if that is a term you can use for a world which is essentially an inhabited dump.
A lot of the characters from the first instalment of Deponia are here as well (including the brilliant Goal), but our anti-hero manages to damage her memory implants again and has a massive task on his hands in trying to restore her and save Deponia.
If I try to explain more about the game I will be risking to spoil some of the twist and turns of the story but is definitely worth the play.
8 hidden objects, found out of 10