Developer: Crows Crows Crows
Publisher: Crows Crows Crows
Release Date: December 4th, 2015
Available On: PC
Genre: Walking Simulator
A ton goes into game development, and anything that goes wrong makes both the players and the developers quite upset. Dr. Langeskov, the Tiger and the Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist dives right into this subject in a rather unexpected way. Yet is this goofy spiritual successor to The Stanley Parable worth investing in, or should you not bother pronouncing its absurd title?
Upon starting the game you discover that the game actually isn’t quite ready: the majority of the staff focused on running the game is on strike, and there’s another player attempting to play the game right now that needs to finish the game first. So before you can do this you need to help the narrator (played hilariously by comedian Simon Amstell) make the game run smoothly for the current player. It’s a bunch of jokes about both the game development process, and what the public’s perception on it is. Treating the game like a play is smart, and the hilarity of everything going wrong is rather fun. Are those really glitches, or is some dummy behind the scene pressing the wrong buttons? That said, I am a little disappointed that the game doesn’t offer nearly as much dynamic story telling as The Stanly Parable does. There’s one story with a bunch of jokes, you’ll experience that, and then you’re done.
Clocking in at around twenty minutes, Dr. Langeskov is not a very time consuming game. It gets right to the point and I can appreciate that greatly. All you have to do as a player is follow the path and interact with the objects that the narrator tells you to. Each area has some objects you can interact with that causes the narrator to give a funny quip or gives some background information as to why the game is currently super understaffed, but none of it will change how the game itself advances.
It should be noted that there are collectible audio recordings around the levels. They’re rather hilarious, and offer some insight into both the development of the current game and the various staff’s other efforts of game development. They can be a little tough to find, and you can’t do anything with them unless you grab a tape recorder as well, but they funny enough to actually make a second playthrough worth it if you miss any.
Dr. Langeskov, the Tiger and the Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist is a fun little free game that should make anyone interested in the game development process laugh. I wish there was a little more to it, there are enough doors backstage that I wanted to explore more than the game let me, but what’s here is good. It’s no Stanly Parable, but it’s still worth something on its own.