Unforeseen Incidents (PC) Review

By Adam Riley 02.07.2018 2

Review for Unforeseen Incidents on PC

The renaissance of the point-and-click adventure genre continues, this time as Application Systems Heidelberg, Alisdair Beckett-King, and Backwoods Entertainment team up for Unforeseen Incidents. Mixed into a conspiracy-led tale, complete with intriguing puzzles, Beckett-King adds the same humorous touch he brought to the Nelly Cootalot releases. How well does this whole package come together? Cubed3 readies its mouse to do some pointing and clicking…

Players take control of Harper Pendrell, somewhat of a nobody in the grand scheme of things, but a person quite handy in terms of sorting out problems for people, especially when making use of his invaluable multi-tool device. Little does he know, he is about to be called upon to fix one heck of a huge issue, unravelling the mystery behind gruesome deaths that have been taking place. He stumbles upon a dying woman, and his life is changed forever, trying to figure out the original source of the disease that is running rampant, and how it can possibly be stopped in its tracks.

Screenshot for Unforeseen Incidents on PC

Unforeseen Incidents takes a darker stance than is normally the case for the genre, yet it does not quite go down the route of Dead Synchronicity: Tomorrow Comes Today, but there are still some tragic scenes included. Thankfully, a lot of light-hearted humour drives the story content along, with plenty of entertaining general banter between Harper and the various characters he interacts with. Visually, it takes a hand-drawn, painted, noir comic book style for the most part, which really does work in its favour, except when zooming in for close-up conversations, as the imagery gets a tad too blurry and indistinct at times. Also, sometimes walking animations come across as a bit too stiff and unrealistic, but it is a minor quibble in what is otherwise a gorgeous game.

Screenshot for Unforeseen Incidents on PC

As far as point-and-click adventures go, this really does nail the formula perfectly, with staple inclusions working as well as in some of the classics, such as the Broken Sword series - from an easy to access inventory, to simple manipulation of the items collected along the way, and intuitive conversation control for those all-important moments where key information needs to be extracted from non-playable characters. The script itself is overwhelmingly engaging on the whole, though, so just as much fun can be had looking around aimlessly, talking with anyone and everyone - which is a key factor for lifting this above many generic genre mates.

Screenshot for Unforeseen Incidents on PC

It is not completely hitch free, though. There are, for example, some instances where a solution to a conundrum seems quite obvious, only with gamers being faced with a necessary trigger - or triggers - needing to be activated before progress can actually be made, which grates, but thankfully that sort of situation does not crop up too often. Unforeseen Incidents is no short affair, either, so the balance struck throughout between witty talking, mysterious goings on, and smart puzzles and situations to overcome is fantastic indeed.

Screenshot for Unforeseen Incidents on PC

Cubed3 Rating

8/10
Rated 8 out of 10

Great - Silver Award

Rated 8 out of 10

Unforeseen Incidents is a complete breath of fresh air in what is fast becoming an over-crowded genre once more, standing head and shoulders above many other point-and-click adventures available. With its perfect mix of macabre and comical scripting, as well as the highly engaging puzzles and entertaining fetch quests it throws the player's way, the hours really do fly by despite this being one of the longer journeys on the market right now.

Developer

Backwoods Entertainment

Publisher

Application Systems Heidelberg

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  8/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  0 (0 Votes)

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Comments

Rodrigo (guest) 04.07.2018#1

Is this game out for the Switch? I can't find it anywhere but on Steam.

Ah sorry, the game listing in the database was incorrect - updated now. PC only, for now.

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