After House of Tales’ adventure game The Mystery of the Druids has made a surprising return in DRM-free form on GOG, the company’s last title 15 Days soon follows after.
When I wrote the GOG release news of The Mystery of the Druids, I also thought about the only missing piece of the HoT catalogue puzzle (pun intended), and it’s a good thing that I waited with publishing the article, as it only took a day after its DRM-free premiere that 15 Days was added as well: an adventure game that wore its political and social message proudly on its sleeve, maybe a bit too much, as it was the last game the company would do.
Being 9 years in the industry is no small feat, especially when focusing on point-and-click adventure games that had a rough time in the early Noughties. 15 Days seemed to try very hard to make people conscious about social injustices and corrupt politicians, as it’s about a group of activists who steal from the rich and give it to the poor, like getting their hands on museum pieces, selling them to private collectors, and donating to charities. It all goes out of hand, though, when they find themselves in a political conspiracy. Technologically more advanced than past games, it hasn’t aged that badly, with some nice character models and backgrounds, but of course it’s the gameplay, characters, and story that are more important. Unfortunately the troubled development history of the title shows in many places, as many plot lines feel rushed and some of the puzzles work less than perfect, highlighting the fact that the developer was under a lot of pressure. I remember having played the game without any expectations and even if I found the politics aspect forced and the ending unsatisfying, it still had an interesting story that had to be followed by playing four different characters. Just like all HoT titles, this isn’t a game for the ages, but if one wants something with a more serious subject matter that is grounded in contemporary world problems, one could do worse than trying it out, especially at a reduced price.
15 Days is now available on GOG with a 50% discount that will last until March 21, 2 pm UTC.
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