|A clay figure? What next, a game based on Captain Scarlet?|
I had never heard of the game, when I volunteered for it, and after doing some research on its producers, I am still not sure, whether I should look forward to the experience.The company producing Free D.C.! was called Cineplay. It is no wonder if no one recognises the name, since in addition to Free D.C.!, they published only one game, a presidential election simulation Power Politics (1992), before quickly fading away to obscurity.
The founder of Cineplay, Kellyn Beck, might be more familiar, since he had huge part in producing such classics, like Defender of Crown and Centurion, published by Cinemaware. It is a bit debatable how much of classics these games actually were. Some people have fond memories of their evocative mood, while others describe them as putting style over substance - pretty to look at, but nothing much to play.
|It was definitely gorgeous - at least if you had Amiga|
The other side of the Cineplay equation was something called Will Vinton Studios, Vinton getting an executive producer -credit for the game. This was also something completely out of my realm of experience, and quick googling landed me on some commercials that made me question the sanity of my whole project.
Raisins made out of clay and Michael Jackson? Sometimes I am glad I don’t live in America…
With somewhat deeper research I found calming information. Will Vinton was also behind a long surrealistic claymation film that deeply influenced me as a younger person: the Adventures of Mark Twain.
Amoral and solipsistic angel called Satan? Heavy stuff for a claymation movie
So, based on the makers, the game could be an embarrassing tale of attempted comedy with slapstick figures or a philosophical and thought provoking piece - in any case it should look gorgeous. With nothing else left to do, I opened up the documentation. Well, at least the game has nothing to do with the Crisis on Infinite Earths nor with Hannah Montana, but District of Columbia, which now works as a zoo, holding the remnants of humanity (eight persons). The game box appears to suggest these are all the humans to exist, but the manual refers to other human preserves.
| I surely wish the producers would have thought |
out of the box and whole of humanity would have been
locked into … I don’t know… Burkina Faso.
Free Ouagadougou! would have been just an epic name
It’s a bit unclear what has happened to human race, but robots appear to be calling the shots now. Lately, some human specimen has built a device that is capable of deactivating all the robots, and the Zoo Interface has reactivated a human detective, Avery Zedd, to work on the case. To make the matters worse, Zedd has been implanted with a capsule releasing poison in his veins after twelve hours. I am guessing that I'll be ultimately breaking out of the Zoo and turning against the robots.
In the advertisement for a hint book, game prides itself of having no puzzles (why then need a hint book?) and focusing on stories, which might be good or bad thing, depending on the cringeworthyness of the dialogue. The manual is written in a tongue-in-a-cheek mode, but I am still hoping the overall experience will at least be more of a fun satire than embarrassing farce.
|5 CAPs for the first one to recognise each activity|
Since the game seems to be about humans locked in an elaborate prison, I've chosen to take my post titles from episodes of a classic series on prison breaking - that explains the curious title of this introductory post. Can you guess what series I am talking about? 5 CAPs for the first one to guess it, and 5 CAPs for the one to guess first what the title of my next post will be. Enough talking, it’s on to D.C., let’s hope I survive!
Million Adventurer Visits
The Adventure Gamer has just passed a milestone of millionth visitor on the site. To commemorate this occasion, we've decided to hold a little competition. In the comments section of this post, describe what your Dream Adventure Game would be like. All participants will receive 5 CAPs, the more imaginative writers will get 15 CAPs extra and the best author, decided by an authoritative panel of judges (i.e. TAG reviewers) will receive on top of that, additional 30 CAPs. You will have time to post your Dream Adventure Games until the Won! -post of this game will have been published. The CAPs for this competition will be awarded in the Final Rating -post for this game.