Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist – Review

Title   Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist
Developer  Crows Crows Crows
Publisher  Crows Crows Crows
Platform  Windows PC
Genre  Indie
Release Date  December 4, 2015

Hi. This is kind of embarrassing but, well, someone else is already reading the review…so you can’t. I know, it’s annoying, I did ask them to put several copies up so this wouldn’t happen but you know how it is these days – got to keep the costs down. Anyway, it doesn’t matter, this is fine; I’ll just give you some of the basics of the article, a synopsis if you will, while you’re waiting. As soon as the other reader is finished, we’ll get you straight to the review, I promise.

So I’m sure you already know this, but the game is a free, narrative experience from Crows Crows Crows which is a studio made up of William Pugh (The Stanley Parable), Jack de Quidt (Castles in the Sky) and Sean O’Dowd (Bird Ball) among others. Did I mention it’s free? I did? Good, because it is. The review covers all this and then has a paragraph break.

Now, I don’t want to spoil the review too much so I’m going to be fairly vague if that’s okay? Great. The review briefly touches on the game’s length, which is only about fifteen minutes, apparently, and it seems that’s fine. It mentions the fact that it’s quite similar to The Stanley Parable, with you playing the silent protagonist while your actions are narrated, though not to the same extent and it’s much more linear. Oh, the narrator is Simon Amstell – sorry I haven’t read through the whole thing myself yet, I’m just going off the reviewer’s notes here – who presented Never Mind The Buzzcocks for a bit, and I’m sure he did other things but that’s all I can think of right now, but they seem to think he’s a good fit for the game.

At this point there are some screenshots of the game, you know the sort of thing; flicking through them now it looks quite pretty. I mean, it’s not going to win any Graphics of The Year awards or anything, if they exist, but for what it’s trying to be it looks just fine. I think you can turn lights on and off. Could just be two different lamps; I think it’s the same one though, so that would mean dynamic lighting. Fancy.

Okay, we’re getting towards the end of the review at this point – seems like it’s quite a short one, so hopefully that other guy should be done with it soon. It’s got a bit about how the game is pretty simplistic, as you can’t really do that much other than walk about and interact with a few things, but I suppose it’s free and only fifteen minutes long so it’s not really fair to expect too much from it. I should really point out here that it’s actually free, not some free-to-play monstrosity with micro-transactions and in-game currency or anything. I’m not sure the review really makes that clear enough.

Anyway, the review summarises the whole experience in generally positive terms, and suggests that anyone who enjoys a bit of light-hearted narrative fun goes and grabs it on Steam right now. Oh, wait, I’m just being told that the other person has finished reading the review and is just looking for a score now, but there isn’t one, so we should be able to transition you over to it. Really sorry about this, but I’m sure it will be worth the wait. Erm, thanks, I guess, bye!

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One Comment

  1. Keegan says:

    This is genuinely brilliant. Fantastic review.

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