Flash Friday-Medieval Cop 4: The Invidia Games(Spoilers for previous games)

Note: The Invidia Games is separated into three different games for each day in the event the game is named after for an unknown reason. Probably because each of the games take up several Megabytes of space which is huge for a browser game. This review covers all three parts. Just thought I’d mention it to avoid confusion.

Welcome to Flash Friday! This is where I look at some of the awesome and creative flash games you can play for free on the Internet. The Invidia Games is the fourth game in the Medieval Cop series but the humour and writing is showing no signs of slowing down! GeminiGamer has made many improvements and even a few gameplay changes to shake the game up a bit and craft his most epic story yet! Let’s see why.

Wow. I can safely say The Invidia Games is the best game in the series yet! The fourth entry in the series takes all the best parts of the previous three games and mashes them together with some new concepts in an explosive cataclysm of somehow ordered awesomeness. I honestly don’t know where to start. Ah, how about the story? It’s one of the main draws of the series and I won’t be forgetting it any time soon after that roller coaster.

The Invidia Games successfully tells an exciting fantasy story with memorable characters while simultaneously expanding the borders of its world. After opening with a brief but hilarious introduction involving the suicide of a clown you are put back into the shoes of Dregg, the ever pessimistic protagonist as he attempts to sneak into the arena where the Invidia Games is held to ask for some more tickets from Rightia’s princess as he somehow(they were stolen by the Sadist twins Mina and Ina) lost his other ones. Unfortunately, Rightia’s contestants have fallen ill due to sabotage from one of the other kingdoms so they waste no time drafting Dregg, his sadist nieces Mina and Ina and Felicia Lionheart -who made a brief appearance in the previous game-into a makeshift A-Team to take part in the tournament instead. I almost died of laughter upon seeing “Post Office Burning Fire Breathing Dragons” stumble onto the stage after every other team had a graceful entrance. Suffice to say, the humour in Medieval Cop only gets better and better.

Characters from previous games also get a lot of development as well as characters introduced in this one. I was particularly impressed by how much I started to like Felicia Lionheart. She quickly evolved from a joke, almost throwaway character from the previous game into a badass, determined fighter. Beating the crap out of Scion’s prince was only made better by exacting her confusing justice upon his ass like an angel passing judgement on the unworthy. Out of the new characters however, the mysterious Ada definitely stands out. I never though I’d end up liking her considering she on Scion’s team but it was clear from the start she was different from the rest of her teammates. Then, on the final day of the games, Dregg has an epic, anime-like battle of the brains against her that left me in awe. I hope we get to see more of these characters and others just as well written as them in the future because the personalities are just incredibly well-written.

If you haven’t played the game already and are unaware, the “Invidia Games”(literally meaning Pride Games) is a contest between Kingdoms held every ten years with the prize being ten years of peace from the other Kingdoms. As you slowly creep past guards using a newly-gained power from Ninja Uncle(don’t even ask) you can listen in on conversations between the representatives of the various teams. It’s startling just how unique each of the different kingdoms are and I enjoyed learning more about each one. Scion are (mostly)complete assholes that just bribe the opposing contestants to win and openly boast about how everyone knows they will win, Ferros are desperate to win so they can end their current war with Scion which isn’t going well for them and my favourite, Enio, are good sports with their kind of badass Princess as their leader. All of the interactions with contestants, even the relatively small ones greatly increase the scope and personality of the world making “The Invidia Games” the largest game so far by a long shot.

The Invidia Games doesn’t just make improvements in terms of the story and characters however, their is a lot more gameplay in this entry in the series. As well as solving mysteries and working out clues as Dregg, you are able to play as Felicia, Mina and Ina in various activities in the games. When playing as the warrior of the group; Felicia, you battle thugs and other contestants in generic yet welcome RPG battle system reminiscent of the likes of Final Fantasy. When playing as Mina and Ina however, you are solving simple yet pleasing puzzles. Although nothing revolutionary, these offer welcome breaks from Dregg’s investigations and make you feel more involved in the game and story than previous games did. Don’t worry, the witty dialogue is still there, especially in Mina and Ina’s rage-induced puzzle destruction/solving(“DID YOU JUST CALL ME A MOTHER******* LITTLE ANGEL?!?!?”).

Although I’ve enjoyed all the games in the series so far, “The Invidia Games” takes Medieval Cop to a whole other level in terms of world-building and player interactivity. Sure, there are a few problems like the STILL PRESENT grammar and spelling mistakes and the mediocrity of some of the gameplay but “The Invidia Games” was still a game I greatly enjoyed playing. The short games are now like a momentary sugar rush for me and I found myself unable to push thoughts of the series out of my mind for days after playing this one. I can barely wait for the next one.

Pros:

  • More player interactivity
  • Witty dialogue
  • Well-written characters
  • Great world-building
  • Hilarious humour
  • Epic story
  • Fitting music
  • Longer than all previous games(around 2 hours)

Cons:

  • Grammar and spelling mistakes
  • Mediocre gameplay at some points

Verdict: 8.5/10

Play the first part here: http://www.kongregate.com/games/vasantj/medieval-cop-the-invidia-game-part-1

Support the creator on his Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=2572101

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