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Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist (PC, Mac)

By Crows Crows Crows

Davey Wreden’s follow-up to his videogame satire The Stanley Parable earlier this year, The Beginner’s Guide, was an introspective game essay on expression and creativity through games. It was solemn in tone and seemed to speak specifically to the aching hearts of game creators. The other person behind The Stanley Parable, William Pugh found a new team, called it Crows Crows Crows, and together they’ve put together a response with an entirely different taste (although the first-person exploration with voiceover format remains) that’s mostly aimed at game players. Employing the stuttering parlance of UK comedian Simon Amstell, Crows Crows Crows has put together a humorous game about a heist that begs to be followed by the question ‘or is it?’ The answer is, well, yes it is about a heist, but the subject is overshadowed by the Brechtian delivery of the whole experience. To say more would be to ruin the surprise. Suffice to say, it’s a truly theatrical spin on videogames, which may tickle you, and will most likely encourage you to revisit at least once.

Perfect for: Game creators, theater goers, Simon Amstell fans

Playtime: Twenty minutes