Hoi punk, yes I am talking to you tosser. You think you are clever enough to walk in the shoes of the baddest cop alive, Hector? Well do you? Can you find your pants? Do you know how to fix a car using an overweight smelly prostitute, and an old lady with a passion for putting the hurt on you. Do you know how to please a blind porn addict? Do you know what the “thing” is?
Well as Hector you have to know all those things. In Hector: Badge of Carnage Ep1 you get one of the most fun point and click adventures ever written. With classic point and er… click controls you get to combine stuff, click stuff and insult the crippled. An inventory at the bottom of the screen lets you combine items.
The story is brilliantly written, and all characters come with their own seedy personalities. The only character with a brainy clever disposition is the terrorist that Hector’s superiors try to negotiate with. The town of Clappers Wreake is as rundown as Hector’s mattress. The terrorist is all about changing things for the better. Because of such mad ideas Hector has got to do stuff the right way.
Graphically the game shines like a diamond, and the few animated cut scenes are brilliant. All the scenes are interesting, and it is often easy to find what items are able to pick up. It is a real joy to listen to the voiceovers, and it is easy to tell that publisher Straandlooper is a professional studio. The actors manage to convey the depraved personalities, and Hector comes across as a truly arrogant bastard. Production is up there with Monkey Island, and to me the humour is more direct and absurd in Clappers Wreake.
There is however a weak spot in the game, and that is the rather short play time. Most players can finish the game with in two hours if not completely stuck somewhere along the way. On my second time through it took about thirty minutes. I can’t wait for the second instalment to get more Hector. I will probably play through it at least a third time because it is so darn enjoyable.
Hector: Badge of Carnage Ep1 is definitely one of the best point and click adventures available. The humour is raw, rude and immature – bleeding perfect that is.
Hector: Badge of Carnage Ep1 $3.99
Tested on an iPhone 4.