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Comedy point and click The Will of Arthur Flabbington releases November 10

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The Will of Arthur Flabbington is an upcoming comedy retro-styled point and click adventure, and now it has a confirmed release date for November 10th. Looks like it could be a good one for you gamers that appreciate the classic games.

In this game you're desperately trying to find your uncle's lost treasure with the help of a reluctant sidekick. Will you be able to set aside your differences and collaborate towards your common goal? The most recent trailer is below:

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More about it: "Bad news: your uncle died, and left you nothing in his will.
Good news: the will mentions a mysterious treasure.
Bad news: only two people can recover the treasure, and you're not one of them.
Good news: these two people don't want to recover it.
Bad news: they hate each other and won't collaborate.
It seems like you have to move on and forget about the inheritance. Unless you're Jack Flabbington, and resort to a psychic to contact your uncle's spirit. It will be easy, right? It's not like you'll end up bound to a random ghost until you find the treasure yourself, right?"

Features:

  • Click stuff to interact!
  • Jokes!
  • Puzzles!
  • A modern look-first-then-interact interface so you won't miss any juicy hints!
  • Possess other NPCs*!
  • Toilet humor!
  • A state-of-the-art 320x180 resolution, for the hardcore pixel lovers!
  • More pizzas than you'll ever dream of!

It will be available on GOG and Steam. They confirmed on their Reddit post it will have Linux support at launch.

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tuubi Sep 19, 2023
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Can't help but see a Blackwell influence for that ghost gimmick, but I don't mind. I'll always have a soft spot for traditional comedy point-and-clicks.
syxbit Sep 19, 2023
I just can't get into point and click games without voice acting. Good voice acting is vital IMHO.
tuubi Sep 19, 2023
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Quoting: syxbitI just can't get into point and click games without voice acting. Good voice acting is vital IMHO.

I suppose the fact that I played adventure games like this for years before voice acting in games became even technically feasible makes it easier to accept the silence for me. I guess it could have been done passably well in the 16bit era, but I don't even want to imagine how many more floppies something like Monkey Island 2 on the Amiga 500 would have needed with actual digitized voice samples. Eleven (or twelve?) "diskettes" was plenty already.

The obvious reason low-budget indies like this often don't have voices is that hiring voice talent costs money. (Unless the developers happen to be talented comedians who can do the voices themselves, like Alasdair Beckett-King did for the remaster of Nelly Cootalot

Went on a bit of a ramble there, sorry. I'm not disputing the fact that the lack of voice acting does limit the potential audience.


Last edited by tuubi on 19 September 2023 at 5:46 pm UTC
kaiman Sep 19, 2023
Quoting: syxbitI just can't get into point and click games without voice acting. Good voice acting is vital IMHO.
There actually was a successful Kickstarter to add voice acting, so the release should be fully voiced. If it will be good remains to be seen (or heard), of course ... but I'd expect another trailer to showcase that.

That said, a lot of the truly classic P&C games did not have voice acting (originally), so I personally do not miss it if it's not there. But I do remember the wow factor when the first "talkie" versions released, even when the audio quality was miserable at the time.
razing32 Sep 19, 2023
Not to be a stick in the mud ... BUT ... why oh WHY do they always have to be "comedy"
I get Monkey Island was a classic and damn good , but does every game need comedy in it ?
I'd love to play a point and click horror or sci-fi , just straight up , no quips or sarcasm/pop culture references.
Phlebiac Sep 20, 2023
Quoting: razing32I'd love to play a point and click horror or sci-fi

Strangeland was the last one I played.
Eike Sep 20, 2023
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Quoting: razing32Not to be a stick in the mud ... BUT ... why oh WHY do they always have to be "comedy"
I get Monkey Island was a classic and damn good , but does every game need comedy in it ?
I'd love to play a point and click horror or sci-fi , just straight up , no quips or sarcasm/pop culture references.

I'm fine with comedy - if they do it well. I'm fine with other genres as well. (So there's a problem with point and click when there's something urgent, like a alarm had been set off. It's just not going to resonate with pointing, clicking and puzzle solving.)

All those eighties/nineties customer service pop culture references though... Just to many of them.


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Purple Library Guy Sep 20, 2023
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Quoting: razing32Not to be a stick in the mud ... BUT ... why oh WHY do they always have to be "comedy"
I get Monkey Island was a classic and damn good , but does every game need comedy in it ?
I'd love to play a point and click horror or sci-fi , just straight up , no quips or sarcasm/pop culture references.

I'm fine with comedy - if they do it well.
Thinking of, I didn't actually notice anything funny in the trailer for this. The humour on this Flabbington thing seems a bit flabby.
tuubi Sep 20, 2023
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Quoting: razing32Not to be a stick in the mud ... BUT ... why oh WHY do they always have to be "comedy"
I get Monkey Island was a classic and damn good , but does every game need comedy in it ?
I'd love to play a point and click horror or sci-fi , just straight up , no quips or sarcasm/pop culture references.
You're in luck: There's plenty of non-comedy point-and-click adventures around.

Check GOG.com's selection for a good few. That list shows their point-and-clicks, but you can additionally filter by horror or sci-fi/science on the left.


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