Who doesn’t like a solid classic point-and-click adventure with a sense of humor? Given that the characters in Lord Winklebottom are all animals, and the two leads are obviously based on Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson (played by a giraffe and a hippopotamus respectively), I’d say this is a game that qualifies for the latter feature quite well. In terms of the adventure itself, and in particular the progression you’ll need to follow in order to unravel and solve puzzles? Perhaps not so much when compared to some of its peers. The dialogue trees with people you interrogate don’t tend to be very deep, so finding bits and pieces of information doesn’t tend to require too much time or effort, but it also detracts from the fun a bit. While the voice acting is pretty good it’s also a bit odd how quickly it tends to be rattled off much of the time, almost like the people delivering it were in a race. Hoping to get a life line when stuck with the hint feature I was also woefully let down (at least in one case) by a common sense general suggestion that was no real help at all, another polishing opportunity misfire. Despite its odd quirks there is some charm here, no doubt, just I’d say the characters and presentation are trying to carry merely average to possibly a bit below average adventuring play when contrasted with some great competition already in the space.
Justin Nation, Score: