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This is definitely not a game for the kiddies, but if you're after a great adult adventure game then look no further than the slovenly UK Detective in 'HECTOR: Badge of Carnage Episode 1'.
Children and the easily offended need not apply, but if you’re a fan of mildly naughty, but gloriously witty and beautifully animated adventure games, absolutely and without a doubt give Hector: Badge of Carnage a try.
The first episode of Hector: Badge of Carnage will likely only take you a few hours to play through, or substantially less if you're constantly looking up what to do next online. Beware, it ends in a cliffhanger, and I really can't wait to see what happens next.
The payoff is always worth it, though, with some of the best one-liners and crackpot characters seen in an adventure game since the mighty Day of the Tentacle. Yes, it really is that good, and insanely good value for the three hours of fun it provides.
Sadly, the game is not very long – I finished it in two gameplay sessions of a few hours each – but that's what I expected from an episodic title. It's fun, it's funny, it's just a great little game, and after playing this episode, I'm very much looking forward to Hector: Badge of Carnage episodes 2 and 3. So, if you have an iOS device and don't mind some sex in your humor, you really should check it out.
Hector is one lewd and crude dude. Without the excellent script, though, this would have just been a collection of shock value scenes. However, the genuine humor and smart puzzles hearkens back to the glory days of point-and-click adventure games. (Well, the Leisure Suit Larry games, not the Lucasarts adventures.) I hope enough folks give Hector a spin because I'd hate to see a game this clever and this polished be a one-off.
Destiné à un public averti, Hector : Badge of Carnage est un point'n click mariant habilement intelligence et vulgarité poilante. Ses mécaniques sont efficaces et on ne regrette finalement que la courte durée de vie, même si pour 2,50€ on ne s'en plaindra pas trop. Attention toutefois, le jeu n'est proposé qu'en version anglaise et avec pas mal de langage pas franchement scolaire.
The bottom line is that Hector: Badge of Carnage is aimed squarely at people with a taste for the vulgar, sort of a latter-day Leisure Suit Larry without the soft heart and charm that made Larry such an endearing character. That’s not to say that Hector doesn’t have a certain appeal of his own, just that he’s a little less refined. Okay, a lot less refined, but if that’s your cup of tea then a romp around town with the good Inspector might very well be a fun way to spend an afternoon.
Games for the iPhone and iPod Touch are things I usually stay away from (with the exception of maybe Solitaire) but there’s no denying that they’re starting to take off. A game I recently found late one night turned out to be a real gem to play – it had a dirty sense of humour but was too much fun to put down, even at four a.m. That game is Episode 1 of a planned series: Hector: Badge of Carnage.
It was not my intention to play the game through to the end, but I felt the writing was so strong that I had to continue and see what would happen next as Detective Inspector Hector tried to save the town of Clappers Wreake from a terrorist threat. For the low price of $9.99, it wouldn’t hurt for you to check out his antics for yourself.
With a great setting, storyline and characters, it's a shame Hector: Badge of Carnage Ep1 falls down due to overly complicated, frustrating puzzles.