Several days ago, this game wasn’t even on my radar. Now, having played the absolutely delightful demo, I’m ready to predict this European adventure will be one of the best we’ll experience in 2009. Indeed, see Adventure-Archiv for very positive German reviews.
Ceville tells the tale of a vertically challenged tyrant who finds himself in a dilemma. In 3rd person perspective, he has to solve puzzles and engage in conversations, often hilarious, with 30 residents of the land of Faeryanis. Later in the game, he is joined by two compatriots offering up the possibility of controlling all or any of the three to forge ahead in the story.
The demo woke me up with laughter this quiet Sunday morning. Employing gorgeous 3D graphics and settings, tiny King Ceville mutters to himself and challenges others to help him out. Translation from the original German is spot on, with excellent voice acting. You might want to go through all the choices in conversational trees just to get the funny responses. The script is great.
Puzzles are fairly easy, and recommended age is 7+, so I can see this as a full-family game and one I’ll play with my grandson when it arrives this week.
Here is the homepage, and I’d strongly recommend downloading and playing the 584MB demo (128MB video card required) from the game site or File Front. GoGamer will have Ceville available on Thursday for $34.90. My order’s already in!