I’m pretty sure that at one point in your life you’ve wanted to be a magician. Inspired by books, TV specials, or even live events, you’ve wanted to be that amazing individual who could produce objects out of thin air or make then disappear. You’ve wanted to dazzle the public with your quick reflexes and sleight of hand, to see the awe and wonder of those who believed in the craft.
The Night of the Rabbit
Developed and published by Daedalic Entertainment
Available on the PC.
*Review code provided by Daedalic Entertainment
In spirit, this is what Deadalic Entertainment’s latest adventure game The Night of the Rabbit is all about. It tells the tale of Jeremiah (Jerry) Hazelnut, a 12 year old boy with ambitions of becoming a magician. After mysteriously receiving a letter with instructions on how to create a portal, Jerry summons the Marquis de Hoto, a large humanoid rabbit magician who chooses the young boy as his apprentice. Now Jerry must be quick to become both a magician and treewalker (an individual who can travel through worlds) if he wants to save the realm of Treewood from approaching evil.
If you’ve seen any trailers or images of this game, you’ll know that The Night of the Rabbit continues Daedalic’s tradition of creating some of the best looking point-and-clicks in the market today. The game is a work of art, featuring incredibly detailed backgrounds and characters that look like they were drawn by hand. The visuals look like they belong to a storybook, which is pretty great.
Gameplay is similar to other Daedalic games and point-and-click titles in general. By completing certain objectives (mostly of the fetch quest-type), players move the narrative forward and help Jerry become the magician he’s always wanted to be. Players guide the boy through various locations by clicking on the spot they want to take him, and find items and clues by clicking on them in the world. The cursor helps out immensely as it’ll let you know if you can observe, collect an item or speak to a NPC, so fetching stuff from the gorgeous and detailed backgrounds is streamlined quite well.
What sets this game apart from other point-and-click adventures is that Jerry carries two special items that really help out in times of need. The first is a magic coin which allows the player to see what they can interact with in the environment. This really helps when players can’t find that small item that is cleverly hidden amongst the detailed backgrounds. The second item is a magic wand, which allows Jerry to communicate with the Marquis, who’ll always tell you what the current objective is, and cast a number of spells (once they are acquired) to help him along the way. Despite these excellent tools that can help a player out in a time of need, the game remains challenging throughout the whole experience, so don’t feel like it’s going to be a walk through the park.
My only complaint about this game is that sometimes the objective isn’t always that clear. Characters in the game always outline what you have to do next, but unfortunately, most of the time the statements provided are vague. Players then have to figure out what they have to do next by themselves, and the solution to the problem(s) at hand is not always straightforward. It isn’t that big of an issue if you’re a veteran of the genre, but for first-timers drawn by the quirkiness of the game, it could get quite frustrating.
With The Night of the Rabbit, Daedalic Entertainment solidify their spot at the top of the point-and-click genre. With another hit under their belt, we can safely say that the classic adventure game is here to stay.