Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist

With a name like that, you know this game is going to be good. Unfortunately, as soon as booted it up, it turned out that some other jack-off was playing it so I was put into a waiting room as there can only be one game running at a time.

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And the vending machine doesn’t even work.

Turns out that behind the scenes of Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist, there’s been a partial staff walkout and you have to help the game run to ensure the other player completes it. You help a disembodied, British voice run the game behind the scenes. After about half an hour, the other player finishes the game (or perhaps quits due to bugs) and it’s your turn. As soon as you enter the game, the credits role and that’s the end.

Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist is a short game produced by Crows Crows Crows, a studio created by William Pugh, the creator behind The Stanley Parable. I was recommended this game and told it’s very much like Pugh’s other games. But I’ve never played his other games, so I didn’t know what to expect.

You explore the backstage area of this game and ensure the game runs efficiently (to a certain extent) under unorganised directions. My first time playing this, I was a underwhelmed simply because I missed this point and was expecting to actually play through a whirlwind heist. I played it through another two times as it was short.

Overall, this is an entertaining little experience, although it’s one of those games which borders on not being a game. The narration is humourous, in a bumbling British way, somewhat similar to Portal 2. You also find tape recordings through the offices which all sound like they’ve been voiced from Rick and Morty.

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The theme of this “game” seems to be somewhat around deconstructing game design and the process behind it. If you are a game designer, or just have an interest in it, then this is probably your cup of tea. That being said, I do feel that those two groups are the main audience and that there is potential for some to experience the same level of underwhelming I felt on my first play-through.

While the game is certainly unique its own way, don’t expect too much. Graphically, it’s not much, but then again, it’s pretty impressive for a free game.

 Rating Innovation

This game is certainly unique and I didn’t know what to expect when I jumped in. While the interaction is minimalistic, it provides a brief glimpse in a game designer’s world.

 Excellence

As far as a game goes, it’s technically not one. considering the amount of effort that went into making it, and the free sale-tag, I don’t really want to complain about the textures, especially when the voice-acting is enjoyable and the detail is quite comprehensive.

 Conclusion

Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist is short, interesting, entertaining and funny. It’s also free, so there’s really no reason to play it.

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Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist is currently available on Steam or their website for FREE (or with a generous donation).
 The next review in about 4 weeks will be on No Man’s SkyNext time
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