Joe Boyd (birthed August 5, 1942) is an American document producer and author. He formerly possessed the production business Witchseason Productions and also Hannibal Records. Boyd has actually dealt with recordings of Pink Floyd, Fairport Convention, Sandy Denny, Richard Thompson, Nick Drake, The Extraordinary String Band, R.E.M., Vashti Bunyan, John as well as Beverley Martyn, Maria Muldaur, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Billy Bragg, 10,000 Maniacs, and also Muzsikás.
Terms like unique and original are sometimes generously used to describe the games, but in the case of Four Last Things in 2017, the independent Impresario Joe Joe Richardson, it was particularly appropriate. Using pieces of classic works of art to create an adventure to point and click on measure through the Middle Ages, it has brought a really fresh and vibrant approach to the genre point-click sometimes stuffed.
Now, Richardson is back with The Procession to Calvary, his long-awaited follow-up (well, very expected by me, anyway). Fortunately, all the cheeky humor inspired by Monty Python is back, as well as these magnificent emblematic works of art. A brand new adventure awaits you, and even if it plays a little security and gives you more of what you’ve liked the first time, it will still laugh very much while you resolve intelligent puzzles.
In The Procession to Calvary, you play a returning soldier from the holy war, which has just ended. You have accustomed to all the massacres you have committed in recent years and you want more. You want to kill a tyrannical leader named Heavenly Peter. So, go to the adventure to find it and do it. Your trip to Find Peter will take you through an assortment of crazy scenes, meeting and chatting with many original characters and finding creative ways to solve the riddles and puzzles you encounter.
If you played the first game, The Procession to Calvary will seem very familiar to you. In fact, it is so similar in appearance and gameplay that it seemed to me to be a transparent continuation. It’s good in many ways – after all, there was a lot to love in the first payment. Richardson packed this suite with the same absurd atmosphere and the black humor that made me laugh aloud in the first round, and again the procession to Calvary plays as an interactive piece of animation of Terry Gilliam.
Using masterfully works of art in the public domain, Richardson creates magnificent decorations that make the procession to Calvary a pure treat for the eyes. During my playing time, I felt like a tourist with wide-eyed eyes, admiring beautiful lands like the Italian Renaissance, but also witnessing horrible scenes of medieval crucifixions and infernal landscapes inspired by Bosch. The music and sound are also well chosen, each scene being accompanied by classic works of masters such as Bach or Wagner.
Critics could say that Richardson does not really grow the envelope with The Procession to Calvary, and that’s right. It could have been nice to see some kind of twist on the original concept, as excellent and fresh as it was. Notice, new moments of meta-humor have been added, and the fourth wall is broken several times in a way that was not there the first time. Although no one can deny that Richardson stick to what he does the best, in The Procession to Calvary, I saw the work of a developer who is clearly more confident and aware of himself with his Second year efforts, and I found that this suite was at least an improvement, otherwise a reinvention.
A good example of this greatest confidence is the game puzzles. After a first rather easy obstacle, the procession in Calvary becomes a large puzzle in several parts, broken down into many smaller parts. You will visit and revisit the same places and characters several times in your game, as you will find that this thing you have seen earlier is what you need to solve this other puzzle much later. I was very impressed by the well-designed and complex design of the main structure of the game, which have been beautifully assembled as a clogged puzzle box at the end. There were a few times that I was perplexed, but there is a small interesting feature that highlights the points of interaction in each scene, which helped me a lot.
In Four Last Things, Joe Richardson invented a brand new kind. Maybe he does not bother the formula this time, but The Procession to Calvary offers once again all the bright humor and the naughty and intelligent satire that won me more than three years ago. It makes me feel guilty to have fun as much to play in a game in which I decapit people, I laugh at the victims of torture and I make the auction of the devil (you will see). For that, I blame Joe Richardson, right blood, and I can not wait for his next game.