One of the more light-hearted games I have come across recently is Sticks and Bones. A story of a pirate so down on his luck he is dead, but that won’t stop him in his quest for treasure.
Join the story of this pirate who wakes up to find out that he has escaped deaths as an undead skeleton trapped inside a fort with his fellow shipmates who were not so lucky. By using the environment around you there is a chance for a second escape from the Fort itself. If you manage to navigate through all that then your quest for treasure will begin.
The game itself uses basic problem-solving skills to progress through the story. If you want to know how firing yourself out of a cannon, playing ukulele and Bitch Slapping sailors helps the battle-hardened pirate hunt for treasure then you will have to play the game for yourself. Various scenes you will find yourself in are quite funny, which is especially impressive given the fact that you have no voice box left to speak. I wouldn’t be so blasphemous to say that the level of mute comedy is comparable with Laurel and Hardy however the previously mentioned ‘Bitch Slapping’ scene is a humdinger.
To completion, Sticks and Bones will take less than an hour to complete and therefore there are not too many features to talk about here. The controls will drive you crazy at times as sometimes interactive environments will only work if you are in the exact right spot. The free-roaming scene where this is most apparent is a very very basic mechanic from the Batman Telltale series where you must investigate the world around you to find out what to do next. I personally whilst playing this game have circled an area 5 times before I finally received a prompt to action an item.
Not to be too harsh on a limited game the aesthetics are a bit bland and look very much like it can be done on your computer with the Paint programme. Furthermore, some of the sections in this game have such over the top lighting that you can barely see anything to interact with. On a positive note, the animation of the characters are great and really adds to the comedy value of the game, the lack of audio doesn’t negatively impact my gameplay as the expressions of the characters more than make up for it. Music does play in the background and there are some sound effects in case you thought I was playing Sticks and Bones in dead silence.
Sticks and Bones
As a game that I complete in less than an hour, I did have some fun with it. Some of the mechanics and lack of polish was a bit annoying but what do you expect from such a small game.Quick, and easy game to pick up and play. Will occupy your time for a moment and will give you a chuckle or two along the way.
- Pick up and Play
- Funny Scenes
- Interesting Puzzles
- Unpolished mechanics
- Graphics and lighting are off in multiple stages
- No Replayability
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- Gameplay 0
- Narrative 0
- Audio 0
- Technical 0