Mr. Bill's Adventureland Review
Reviewed by Mr. Bill & Lela
If you are looking for a great game that the whole family can enjoy, then you need look no further. Gilbert Goodmate, created by Prelusion of Sweden, is a wonderful game! It is pure unadulterated old style adventure fare and like many of the best-selling family oriented classics of the past, it is filled with implausible situations, zany characters and lighthearted fun.
Both the setting and the story are deliberately and delightfully preposterous. Once upon a time an evil and very powerful wizard named Karn wanted to take over the world, starting with the little medieval town of Phungoria. He killed every champion that the townsfolk sent against him until finally there was no one left to go but Marvin, an enthusiastic but klutzy boy who couldn't even stand up in the armor or wield his sword without falling over. He didn't stand a chance.
But miraculously, as he lay sprawled on the ground about to be vaporized by Karn, Marvin turned his head and spied a giant mushroom. And in one glorious moment of inspired desperation, he grabbed the mushroom and walloped Karn! Many years have passed since that fateful day and both Karn and Marvin have long since been forgotten. But not the mushroom. It was placed on a pedestal in the middle of the town square and each year a 'Mushroom Festival' (yes, there are such festivals) is held in its honor, with a new citizen being selected to guard and care for it during the coming year.
As the game begins it is shortly before the annual festival and Gilbert's grandpa has been keeper of the mushroom for the past year. But suddenly, as Gilbert watches horrorstruck from afar, a masked thief sneaks up behind Grandpa, flattens him with a mallet, and steals the mushroom! And now Grandpa is going to be executed for his unforgivable dereliction of duty and Gilbert must try to save him.
This is a long, 2D, 3rd person, point and click game with an inventory and map, and it is very easy to play. The music is happy and the graphics are truly outstanding: bright and colorful, with that wonderful clean, crisp and light-filled feeling that is so typical of Scandinavia. The attention to detail is simply amazing, even down to things like making the map reflect changes in the story and creating some very funny credits (make sure you read them after you watch them!). And the puzzles are the kind that we love: story related with unexpected twists, absurdly logical, inventory based, and fun to do. They range in difficulty, with some that are fairly challenging and, as the Blacksmith says, they "don't take kindly to whiners"!
However it is the original and often laugh-out-loud humor that puts this game over the top. The characters are absolutely delightful and the voice acting is, without exception, some of the best we've ever heard!
Gilbert himself is a sweetheart: a tall and gangly adolescent somewhere between boyhood and manhood, with a kid's propensity for 'telling it like it is' and a charming awkwardness about girls. But practically everyone else in the game is totally off-the-wall in some way: lovable and believable nuts!
You'll meet everybody from a leering Shoemaker who believes that his handpuppet is real to an undercover Agent in trenchcoat and fedora who thinks he can pass as a dope pusher, from a despondent Viking who must hunt a fearsome beastie to prove he's a real man to an organic Farmer who has a family tree that could give genealogy a bad name, with many more just like them. The setting may be medieval, but their conversation certainly is not and Lorne Laliberte, chief dialogue writer, has come up with some really memorable classic standup comedy routines, with Gilbert acting as straight man.
Be forewarned that there is a lot of dialogue in this game. You can press the Escape key to bypass it if you so desire, but if you're like us you won't want to. As a matter of fact, this is the first game that we ever remember playing where we were more interested in talking to the characters than in solving the puzzles. We just couldn't wait to hear what they might say next. This is our kind of game. We loved it!
Visit the following two official Gilbert Goodmate and the Mushroom of Phungoria Websites to view more wonderful screenshots, download the trailer and demo, and more (Prelusion's and FastTrak's).
Developed (2001) by Prelusion and ClearWater Interactive Limited. Published by FastTrak Software Publishing.
Minimum System Requirements: PC Only!
PC: Pentium 166 MHz; Windows 95 / 98 / ME / 2000 / NT 4.0 (with Service Pack 5); 32 MB RAM; 4x CD-ROM Drive; 2 MB PCI Graphics Card (100% DirectX Compatible); 16 Bit Soundcard (100% DirectX Compatible); Microsoft DirectX 6.0 or Greater; 23 MB Free Hard Drive Space; Mouse; Keyboard; A Good Sense of Humor!
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