Demetrios – The BIG Cynical Adventure review (Vita)

A very different type of game for the system, Demetrios – The Big Cynical Adventure arrives on the Vita after its initial Steam launch.

We were a little surprised when Demetrios was announced for the Playstation Vita, a game that saw its debut on Steam after a successful Kickstarter campaign. The reason for our surprise is that Demetrios is an adventure game that’s inspired by a few classics in the genre, and apart from Telltale’s efforts in the early days of the Vita we haven’t seen a lot of new titles pop up.

Demetrios borrows a little bit from several franchises. Plot-wise, it reminds me of the Broken Sword games, with Demetrios’ protagonist being an antiques dealer who gets thrown into a big adventure. Then there’s the emphasis on humor, which is so telling for many of the classic Lucasarts adventures. Sam & Max seems like the best reference, for its edgier type of humor.

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What Demetrios adds to this mix is a collection of mini-games that range from puzzles to hidden object situations – something where the Vita’s screen both works in favor of the game and against it (small size). And with all those elements in place, it’s interesting to point out that Demetrios was created by a one-man studio, Cowcat Games.

Comparing a game like Demetrios to the classics mentioned earlier isn’t entirely fair though. The game’s hand-drawn visuals are very nice, especially for a game by a small studio, but they don’t compare to a Telltale game. The same can be said of the writing and humor, both of which are not as refined as what other games offer.

Still, we had fun with Demetrios – The Big Cynical Adventure. It’s not the most thoughtful or thought-provoking adventure around, and a lot of the humor involved is somewhat immature. That has to fit you as a player, and I realize that toilet humor isn’t everyone cup of tea. But for adventure game fans whose inner 12 year old is still alive and well, you won’t find many better options on the Vita.

Score: 7.0/10

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