German based developer Daedalic Entertainment has enjoyed tremendous success with titles such as Edna and Harvey, A New Beginning and The Whispered World. It does not come as a surprise that it raked in more of that in its homeland and abroad with its comedic adventure game, Deponia. Released in August, the game has enjoyed great praise from critics and gamers, and even earned a few awards. Usually such success often immediately warrants one single word: sequel.
Deponia introduced Rufus, a lazy though lovable inventor living upon the planet Deponia, a planet which is largely covered in trash. Hoping to escape from his garbage filled life in favor of the floating city Elysium, Rufus suffers failure after failure in his attempts to leave. After yet another failed attempt, Rufus meets a woman by the name of Goal who causes him to become lovestruck. This development creates a number of problems for him as he and Goal embark on a huge quest to escape to Elysium. Sadly, this was not meant to be but, at the very least, comes closer to completion than other attempts by Rufus.
Taking place immediately after the bittersweet ending of the first, gamers take control of Rufus who is now back at square one and aboard a floating black market upon the ocean. Never one to give up, the hapless hero again sets in motion a plan to escape to the clouds. If he thought things were tough before, they’ve gotten worse. In addition to being in the most seediest place on the planet, Goal has developed a triple personality disorder as a result of a bad memory chip implanted into her. If that is not bad enough, his home planet, as revealed in the previous game, is still scheduled for destruction as the hands of the Organon, an elite, tyrannical organization. With time against him and the task of keeping Goal’s multiple personalities under control, Rufus is going to find out first-hand how hard multitasking can be.
Expecting this endeavor to be serious and straightforward is way off. Chaos on Deponia intends to keep players chuckling and smiling along the way. With a whimsical story, an eccentric cast of characters, hours of hilarious dialogue and a laughably dysfunctional love story, this is a game that will have players cracking up.
Anyone who has ever played an adventure game will find the game easy to play. Those who have never played an adventure game before will find it just as easy. Chaos on Deponia includes a simple-to-use interface and an equally simple control scheme using mainly the mouse. With it, all that is needed is a simple point and click on parts of the screen. It’s that easy and it’s a breeze to move Rufus, talk to other characters, pick up items and use them on interactive objects using just this method of control.
Do not expect the game to be a cakewalk. Chaos on Deponia promises to keep gamers guessing with many challenges and puzzles. Players will have to keep sharp wits for the entire game because the only way to help Rufus is by relying on brains over brawn. Expect to do a lot of exploring, thinking and experimenting from start to finish.
Just like the first, Chaos on Deponia will be almost entirely drawn in by hand in high definition and in a cartoon style similar to older adventure games such as The Curse of Monkey Island. Its characters and environments will be painstakingly created by hand and are the result of many hours on the part of the development team’s highly talented artists. Giving life to the game will be a plethora of animations and high quality cutscenes. Chaos on Deponia looks just as animated and visually well made as its predecessor.
Both eyes and ears will be entertained during the game. Chaos on Deponia will feature a completely original soundtrack from start to finish. The game, in addition to its acoustics, will feature a full voice cast giving a voice to its semi-intrepid hero and its many colorful characters. Additional language options such as German (which comes with its own full voice track) will be available, complete with subtitles. This is a game that will not discriminate when it comes to the main language of who plays it.
Deponia wowed gamers with a fun and hilarious adventure, and Chaos on Deponia is being made to do this again. The game is already looking like a solid addition to a terrific series. With Nov. 6 not far away, Rufus is going to need help from gamers very soon.