Thanks to TellTale Games Episodic gaming has become popular. So it is not surprising that other developers were soon to follow and that is what Sydney-based Epiphany Games have done. Majestic Nights is an alternate-history, action-adventure game set in the 80’s. I have been lucky enough to play a preview build of chapter zero, a prologue to the series. So come with me as I travel back to the 80’s with a flock of seagull’s haircut.
Developer: Epiphany Games
Publisher: Epiphany Games
Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: 26 October 2014
CPU: Intel I5 2.4 Ghz / AMD Equivalent
VGA: nVidia Geforce GTX 560 / AMD Equivalent
RAM: 4 GB
HDD: 5 GB
Thanks to developers for the preview build
Chapter Zero – Sunset after Dark is set in Los Angeles, 1981 with you taking control of an intelligence operative, Cardholder. The game is set in the world of conspiracies theories and deep throats, in which Cardholder has knowledge of but can’t speak about. In this first instalment you are investigating a missing film director, who supposedly has proof that the 69 moon landing was a hoax. With the chapter being a preview build this won’t be a full review as there are still a few tweaks that the developers have to sort out before the launch late October.
The level layout is your tradition isometric view that features some really good stealth and combat mechanics. The game can be played either using the traditional keyboard / mouse or a controller. The storyline is very intriguing and this is definitely a game for those who are a fan of conspiracies. At the beginning you have no weapons and you must get into your house with men in black figures guarding it. This is where the fun comes in as you need to sneak around without being seen by using shadows to hide.
There are mini-puzzles throughout the game which have been confirmed by the developers and one of the more stand-out ones are the safe in the offices of a private investigator, Cal. You need to find the safe code and then when you are presented with it you need to turn the tumbler as you would on a turn-dial safe from the 80’s. And besides all this you also need to collect evidence so that you can solve the case and this is found at various locations and from competing puzzles. Think of a point-and-click adventure and that is what Majestic Nights gameplay reminds me of.
Even though this is only a prologue chapter, I really enjoyed it and the isometric view gives it a true 80’s feel. The graphics pretty good for the style and I like the old-school look. With Chapter Zero going to be made available for free on steam there is no reason to not give this game a try. I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed. Check back often for more information on this great looking game. Tin-foil hat optional.