It’s been a long time between drinks for demo reviews, but at last we’re back on the bottle with Keepsake from Wicked Studios.
Keepsake is an ‘Adventure Game’. I think. One can guess this, since the publisher is called ‘The Adventure Company‘. The game seems to be in the shape of Myst. The developers may not like this link, but Myst was the last game that I played which resembled this game.
You start out as the main character (Lydia), a student arriving at a deserted school. Your job is to figure out what’s going on by moving from room to room and solving puzzles.
From the developers:
Today is a very special day for Lydia, a young girl who has just been accepted among the new apprentices at Dragonvale Academy. Besides entering the famous building for the first time, she will meet again with her very best friend; whom she hasn’t seen for 8 years.
But at her arrival, something rather unexpected happened…no one was there to welcome her. Even her best friend Celeste was nowhere to be found. Intrigued, Lydia explores the academy until she finds a most disturbing object: a doll she gave to Celeste the last time she saw her…
As the story unfolds, the adventures of Lydia will take her in the depths of Dragonvale Academy, where magic and mind boggling puzzles await in every corner.
In terms of the graphics, I wasn’t blown away like I was with Battle For Middle Earth II, but as the game continued, I was more and more impressed. It’s hard to judge without a benchmark, but the art seemed extremely imaginative, in keeping with the theme, and beautifully detailed.
The puzzles seemed challenging, but were probably straight forward for serious puzzlers. What I loved was the ‘?’ button on the screen. When clicked this gives you clues, and ultimately the solution to the puzzle. I find nothing more frustrating in a game than not being able to solve the puzzle when in a hurry, so I enjoyed the ‘easy option’.
The response times were fairly good on my quite high spec’d PC. However during the puzzles the short pauses were pretty annoying. Below are the minimum specs. These are well below what I’m running, so if you run a PC like the one below, and choose to buy this game, get ready for some longish waits.
OS: Windows ME/2000/XP
CPU: 1GHz Intel Pentium 3 or AMD Athlon
RAM: 256 or 512 on Windows XP
Video: 32 MB 3d Accel Video Card
All up I enjoyed the game. I played it for about an hour and didn’t reach the end. I probably would have played it for several more hours except that it crashes (when using the telescope for the second time) and I decided I couldn’t justify going back in. I’d like to rate it higher, but I just don’t know what else is out there. 8/10.