So here we are on the final Medieval Cop review, for now at least. There’s still another month to go before GeminiGamer releases the next Medieval Cop and Medieval Shorts so next week, I will be reviewing a game that is NOT Medieval Cop or the side series, Medieval Shorts. The series has definitely made a lot of progress ever since the first game which was released over a year ago now, especially with the scope of the story and world and this game is no exception. In fact, I’d even say that this entire episode is all about world building and displaying the detail of Dregg’s and Amber’s world. This is probably the first Medieval Cop game where your not solving some kind of case, yet it still manages to be just as engaging and humorous as the other games.
In this entry, Amber is off sick as she has been declared insane. Why? After the end of the previous game, where she found out she could understand animals as part of her mysterious powers. So, instead of investigating a murder case or kidnapping like in previous games, you are given the daunting task of… getting people to come to a charity play. This play is run by the sadist twins, two of the most prominent characters in the series and a new character who arranged it so she could pay to get her uncle Mel. Vin-from the sixth game in the main series-out of an asylum. Although not as serious as the previous games in the series, I enjoyed My Dr. DontLittle a lot. Most of the game takes place in the massive park in the preceding game and involves many new and familiar faces. The change of pace is nice and doesn’t feel forced unlike the slow crawl that was The Secrets of Lucifer’s Wings(the 5th game in the main series). I have mixed feelings about the location however. I like the callback to the previous game as it makes the world feel more alive, but I also would of preferred it if the game had taken place somewhere else as it gives the impression of GeminiGamer re-using old locations due to lack of ideas, especially considering there isn’t another game inbetween them to freshen it up a bit.
Something else that’s different about this game in the series is that it takes place, roughly around the same time as the latest entry in the main series: Adam and Eva. As well as contributing to the world building, it makes the characters feel more real as if they aren’t just there to progress the story. It’s even better when you notice the parallels between the two games and when you interact with one of the villains, you can’t help but hold your breath knowing what he’s about to go and do. Unfortunately, it still does nothing to cure the confusion I felt at the end of Adam and Eva. In fact, it probably only makes it even worse. Some of the parallels are simply impossible, at least as far as I can say and my brain got tied up in knots trying to connect all the events. Maybe I’m just stupid and I can’t see the bigger picture but it’s clear from the comments that I’m not the only one who thinks this way.
One of the parts I liked the most was that you’re free to wander around the park and talk to different people in whatever order you like… well, kind of. Some characters only make an appearance after you talk to other characters first meaning you’ll have to backtrack a bit. I personally didn’t find this that bad however as people you have already talked to and convinced to come to the show are clearly marked. This is a step-up from the first game where you had to talk to everyone several times just to progress so the backtracking wasn’t that bad in this one. Characters will sometimes task you with simply finding something or giving something to someone else though some of them will give you simple minigames to play such as herding rabbits that are trying to eat crops to the plants’ owner so she can catch them. Of course, I have no problem with just talking to the various characters as the writing and comedy is one of the strongest points of the series but these breaks in gameplay were pretty fun.
Despite the game not being all that important to the main story, some plot progress is still made with some backstory presented in the form of the play at the end. The last few games in the main series have got much bigger and more serious and that’s certainly shown in this game. We get some insight into where exactly Amber’s angelic powers came from and what could possibly be a future villain. It may basically be an exposition dump, but presented through the play, it proves quite intriguing and I enjoyed watching it. Finally, as somewhat of a side note, I’m glad to say that the ‘evil chicken’ joke is turning out to be a running gag just like the ‘post office’ gag in the main series. It may even turn out to be a major plot point judging by the ending.
I don’t really need to repeat the majority of what makes this series so good in great detail. The humour is still, thankfully, here. So is the good writing, the many-layered characters and awesome music. If you enjoyed the previous games in the series, which you most likely have if you’re reading this now, then you’ll enjoy this one just as much, if not more. Just be sure to take extra precautions when locking your house after. You never know, the chicken mafia might of found your address.
- Awesome music
- Backtracking isn’t boring
- Many-layered characters
- References and characters from the main series
- Amber is still a strong protagonist
- Grammar and spelling mistakes
- Park location feels like it was re-used a little too soon
- Parallels with Adam and Eva are confusing and seem impossible
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