Artifex Mundi‘s comic point-and-click adventure game Irony Curtain: From Matryoshka with Love shows a different and funnier side of the Cold War.
Games that draw inspiration from real political events usually fall into the category of seriousness and often come across either too didactic or not historical enough. This title circumvents the problem by presenting a fictional Cold War era, an alternate reality that isn’t bound by historical accuracy. Of course it doesn’t mean that there aren’t parallels, but as humor is more prevalent, it works nicely. Telling the story about journalist Evan who accidentally finds himself entangled in a spy story, he sees the totalitarian Matryoshka in a different light.
Inspired by classic adventure games, especially LucasArts titles, puzzle solving becomes the most prominent gameplay aspect, although there shouldn’t be any dream-logic or pixel hunting, but non-linear puzzles that can be solved in various ways. With hand-drawn backgrounds and characters plus some great voice acting, it all looks and sounds like a great throwback to the good old times, and if the humor of the trailer is anything to go by, then this should be quite funny, too.
The game is out now on PC with a 10% launch discount that will last until tomorrow, May 23rd, 1pm UTC. There’s also a Revolutionary Edition which includes the original soundtrack and a digital artbook.
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