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Thought provoking plot with moral complexity. Graphics are stylized with a watercolor effect. Characters are cartoon-like with basic contours. Point-and-click, mostly first person perspective. No voiceovers. Varied, wonderful music. An unusual group of puzzles that use hints from the dialogs and story events to create associations between objects and people. Some associations require creativity and/or searching the large gameworld. An effective hint system. No sliding tile puzzles, one maze-like sewer, no sound or color based puzzles, no timed puzzles. You cannot die. No problems with installation. One minor sound glitch. Unlimited save slots. Aimed at gamers who like to read classic literature and enjoy games that make them dig deep beneath the surface and ponder life’s ambiguities. Enter the Story: Les Misérables also ought to be played by anyone who has ever said: “The adventure genre lacks innovation” or “Games can’t be art.”
Still, despite these criticisms, Les Misérables: The Game of the Book is a faithful adaptation of its source material in spirit, as well as an enjoyable interactive experience in its own right. At approximately ten hours to play through — or more depending on how much exploring you do during or afterwards — it's an excellent way to spend a few evenings if you enjoy a story that's more cerebral and philosophical than your usual game, whether you've read the book before or not. Though Tolworthy still has quite a ways to go before he fully realises this goal, he is certainly off to an interesting and innovative start.
Sadly the game can feel like a chore at times, and the gameplay can become a tad tedious. Although difficulty-wise it is sometimes hard to work out what to do next in the game, I felt a lack of some nice "sink-your-teeth-into-it" puzzles, (there are no inventory or mechanical puzzles), but otherwise it was an enjoyable enough experience for me to consider trying out some further titles in the series at a later date.
For those who have read Les Miserables, Enter the Story will provide you with a whole new perspective on the classic novel. For anyone else, you'll most likely have no idea what you're meant to be doing. Still, it's worth downloading the game for free simply for the interesting visuals.
All in all, this is not a faulty game, and it is certainly an impressive achievement considering the developer's limited resources. It is an ideal game for fans of French literature and fans who want a more interactive way to experience Hugo's famous novel. On the other hand, many adventure game fans will be disappointed by the crude graphics and unimaginative, often trivial gameplay.