The Night of the Rabbit Review (PC)
The Night of the Rabbit, Daedalic Entertainment’s most recent game released on the 29th of May. In my preview article of the game, I had said that I really enjoyed this game and found it both challenging and rewarding. Now that it has been fully released let’s see if my views will be changed and decide on what has been changed or improved since the Beta.
The game is a point and click adventure game, which plays like all point and click-ers. You point and click on items or locations that you want to go to, and the character will do the appropriate action. Now that you are all caught up on all the difficult technical stuff, here is the game.
The prologue sets the mood and is very successful in relaying the story and in garnering the audiences’ interest. It opens with a world-wizened voice telling you of the games pre-story, letting the audience know that this game is just a fragment of a much, much bigger story. This feeling of grandness in scale is mirrored by Daedalic Entertainment, who said that this is their biggest and best game. After this initial storytelling, the player is thrown into a world (one of many) of mysticism and grandeur as they take control of ‘the Rabbit’. As you move your character around you meet an ‘Odd Figure’ who tells you that he knows your story as he guides you to the portal which will take you on your path.
The player is then introduced to the main character of the game, ‘Jeremiah’ during his summer holidays two days before the start of school. Jeremiah (Jerry) is a young boy who dreams of becoming a magician. Jerry is a very adventurous boy, who likes exploring and creates fantastic stories out of even the smallest of his daily chores, which he does for his mother. As you carry out of your chores you return home to see a magic envelope fly into your letterbox. This magical vessel houses a riddle; the first true problem-solving activity within the game. The riddle is a recipe: a recipe for a “Flaming Carrot” which summons the Rabbit. This is a rabbit which will open the floodgates of knowledge to Jerry, speeding him on his course to becoming a true magician. This takes him to new worlds and allows him to discover powerful new magic and interesting new people. Collectible items are an integral part of the game. These collectibles add to the game lore and are not just for completionists.
The artwork was not entirely finished before the preview. That being said, I was still in awe at how breathtaking detail and quality of the art. Now that the game has been finished I can gladly say that they artwork is still awe-inspiring. The visual effects are fantastic, lending to the gameplay and adding depth to the experience. There are subtle details in the animation of the characters that really show how much hard work went into the development of the game. An example of this is that the playable characters will nod and shake their head depending on the answer the player gives to questions.
I feel that I was too harsh on the voice acting of Jerry in my preview whilst playing the game. The voice acting is in fact brilliant. I would go far as to say that this is my favourite voice acting in any game. The opening dialogue is emotion evoking, carrying such power behind it that it draws you into the game world, and this continues throughout as you are introduced to increasingly more interesting characters.
When you are given a quest, you are told the information and off you trot, armed only with your own knowledge and a thirst for adventure. There are no ‘way markers’ or journals that will tell you all but the actual answer. This allows for a true feeling of accomplishment when you finish these tasks. It brings to life a feeling of adventure, as you have to actively search around all the surrounding areas for items that are given to you in riddles. This is refreshing in a day and age where players are continually smashed in the face with far too much information in adventure games, making it less about the exploration, discovery and problem solving, and more about following instructions. The quests in The Night of the Rabbit are not short quests that require little thought. They are fulfilling, memorable and thought provoking.
The Night of the Rabbit is a fantastic game filled with adventure and exploration, giving the player a challenging experience that tests their mental acuity. It is visually stunning and full of brilliant features such as the background artwork. This is because what you can see in the background of the screen changes, depending on Jerry’s position on screen to show what he would be able to see from that position. This is fantastic, I have never seen this in this type of game before.
The Night of the Rabbit is a very engaging but tough adventure game. With an in-depth story, I recommend it to everyone, and those of you who like adventure games will especially love it. A great art style, tough puzzles and no hand-holding marks this title out as potentially magical.
4.5 Flaming Carrots out of 5