One-Eyed Lee and the Dinner Party is the first of hopefully four games in a series. Developed by indie creator DarkChibiShadow for PC in December 2019. It was later ported to Consoles by Ratalaika Games in August of 2021.
You’re trapped underground in a bunker. The only way out? Solve the puzzle and hope the inhabitants help you. The only problem is, they’re all dead. Though strangely alive because they’re all Skeletons! Spoooooky. How do you get out? Why are these people still alive? Why are they even down here? Why is the name of the game talking about a dinner party? Let the adventures begin!
The game is a standard point and click where you take the role of Baracus. There’s a terrible disease that is ravaging your hometown, and you’ve taken it upon yourself to help find a cure. This disease? It basically makes people be irrational, and impulsive and speak whatever is actually on their mind. Does that truly sound like such a bad thing? You’re accompanied by Lee. The titular One Eyed Lee! Who is an elf, and has merged with a spirit, to have wonderful adventures. He also has an eye on his hand that lets him see through objects he touches. The characters are weird and witty and really fun! Even if a bit impulsive.
Then you have the family of skeletons, and their Butler. They were brought down into this bunker for the task of bringing life to “The New World”, by a mysterious man named James. Only problem is? I don’t think they realize they’re skeletons. Which leads to some pretty funny lines, and Baracus trying to figure out if he should mention it or not. The game takes place in a small map of about 10 rooms though. It’s a very basic point and click, but that’s honestly what I loved about it. There was no crazy obscure stuff like “combine the gum with the shoe, then combine those with a stick, then use your stick shoe on the door to be able to open it.”. It was simple stuff like “hey, I gotta use this coat hanger to get this item from a drain! Nice and easy.” The game is also a nice length. Instead of dragging on, it only lasted me about 4 hours. Though it did have a puzzle that I got stuck on for 30 minutes. Not because it was hard, but because I’m stupid.
Throughout your journey though, you learn more about James, and this weird religion. Though there are some deep dark secrets that are left to be uncovered. I really got interested in all of it. In the world, in this weird religious cult, and the struggles of this rich family. So considering this is the first in the series, I can’t wait for more from this developer! When you beat the game, you do get a backstory about Lee. Though you don’t learn much about Baracus. Which sucks. I really wanted to know about him and the mysterious thing about his town. There are some bad endings of the game though, which include the characters dying in parts of the game. These were actually funny and odd to see. But you don’t instantly get kicked to the menu, you have the option of returning to before you made said choices.
- No Super Complicated Puzzles
- Nice Length
- Funny Dialogue
- No Baracus Backstory
- The Plague Is Never Really Explained Or Talked About As Much As I Wanted It To Be
I went into this Point and Click, not expecting much. But what I found was a fun and silly adventure, with no overly complicated puzzles, that felt like the perfect length. With great characters and fun writing, and a story that gets pretty dark, I can’t wait for more of this series.
Though I do wish Baracus was more fleshed out, or the plague was talked about more, I can only hope it’ll all be addressed in sequels. So if you want a nice and fun quick Point And Click (and an easy platinum) I can’t recommend this enough!
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Game & Developer Information
Developer Website: DarkChibiShadow
Developer Socials: Twitter
Publisher Website: Ratalaika Games
Publisher Socials: Twitter
PSN Store Links: £3.99/€4.99 Europe / $4.99 North America
Trophy Information: 12. 1 / 11 / 0 / 0