ferry;;sadhonker;;adams;;deponia doomsday;;point 'n click;;puzzle;;adventure;;daedalic entertainment Ferry "Sadhonker" Adams There we were, thinking the Deponia series was done and its protagonist Rufus done for, when Deponia Doomsday pops its head around the corner and proves us all wrong! And, to be honest, we were glad it did! For what would life be without the somewhat dim-witted Rufus to brighten up our days with another one of his hair-brained schemes? And, in Deponia Doomday, Daedalic entertainment introduced an extra dimension! No, the game hasn’t been converted to 3D. The good people at Daedalic skipped this third dimension entirely and went straight for something entirely different...

DEPONIA DOOMSDAY

By Ferry "Sadhonker" Adams on March 4, 2016

There we were, thinking the Deponia series was done and its protagonist Rufus done for, when Deponia Doomsday pops its head around the corner and proves us all wrong! And, to be honest, we were glad it did! For what would life be without the somewhat dim-witted Rufus to brighten up our days with another one of his hair-brained schemes? And, in Deponia Doomday, Daedalic entertainment introduced an extra dimension! No, the game hasn’t been converted to 3D. The good people at Daedalic skipped this third dimension entirely and went straight for something entirely different...


Somehow, Rufus survives his fall at the end of the previous Deponia game: Goodbye Deponia, and eventually makes the ultimate sacrifice to save his beloved junk-filled planet. Now, I won’t go into too much detail about the story because Deponia Doomsday is, like its predecessors, a story-driven point ‘n click adventure. Going into the story at length will only spoil the fun for people who haven’t played the game yet. Let’s just say things have a way of working out at the end… or at the beginning, depending on how you look at things. In this fourth installment in the Deponia series, Rufus, still on his quest to reach Elysium, stumbles across the planet as he has done numerous times before: slighty oblivious to everything but his own wants and needs, cocky and overly sure of himself and his abilities; just like we know and love him.

Throughout the first three Deponia games, Rufus had only one dream; to reach Elysium and live happily ever after. We’ve seen him try, fail, succeed, only to fail again at the very end. We’ve solved countless puzzles and spend hours and hours talking to the various cool and wacky characters we’ve come across on this monumental journey. We’ve seen it all; Rufus at his best and at his worst. We’ve seen him fall in love, celebrate his successes or lick his wounds when things went horribly wrong (and, as some of you might know; with Rufus, things never just go wrong, they always go horribly wrong!). What can this fourth game in the series possibly add that we haven’t seen before?! Well, there’s a very simple answer to that question: traveling through the fourth dimension, better known as time, itself!


On his travels, he quickly comes across a timemachine and that’s where the fun really starts. When you’ve played point ‘n click adventures before, you’ll know that in 99.999% of the cases, the solution to a puzzle involves a string of conversations, a number of items or combinations of items and a healthy dose of out-of-the-box thinking. So, taking all of this into account, what do you think will happen if you add time travel to this already chaotic mix? If your answer was going to be: “Even more talking, items and such”, then you would be right on the money. The danger in using the time machine lies in the fact that everything you’ve done up to that point is reverted and you’ll need to start over from a certain point. Now, I know what you’re thinking; you’re thinking that this is going to be a drag and a waste of time; while actually, it’s quite the opposite. Information you’ve gathered earlier on (or, taking into account the rules of time travel, later on) can give you an advantage the next time you enter the same situation. And, you being the only constant factor in these shifting timelines, objects in your inventory stay right where they are.

For me, this element of time travel absolutely spiced things up. Not only does it require a bit of planning, it also livens things up when you travel back in time and try to change Deponia’s (and ultimately your own) fate. This approach gives us an all-new and fresh perspective on the planet we thought we knew so well, as well as new insights into the minds of its inhabitants. Next to the familiar characters we have already met on our past travels, we meet an entire new cast of equally interesting individuals, each with their own personality and problems. There are evils in this world that Rufus wants to avoid at any cost; losing what’s dearest to him, the total and utter destruction of Deponia and, last but not least, a bushy moustache.


Deponia Doomsday features the same awesome hand-drawn environments, characters and animations than the previous games in the series and looks terrific because of them. The absolutely gorgeous cartoon style art perfectly matches the, at times, hilarious content of Deponia’s story. Its quirky and somewhat weird characters are a welcome addition to Rufus’ already cool and chaotic personality. The voice acting is superbly done and further enhances the overall experience. The puzzles you’ll come across during your travels are all well-designed and more than once you’re guaranteed to be scratching your head, or even pulling your hair before you come to the solution of certain puzzles.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re in the past or present, on Deponia or Elysium; you’ll have tons of fun playing through this fantastically ludicrous game. This latest addition to the Deponia universe is positively brimming with zany characters, funny dialog, cool environments and mind-boggling puzzles. Add a few cool minigames to the mix and Deponia Doomsday is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face when you play it. It’s classic point ‘n click gaming at its best and an absolute must for every adventurous time traveler out there!


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DEPONIA DOOMSDAY
Daedalic Entertainment
March 1, 2016