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SummaryGreat story, let down just a little
The GoodI think the story pays for most crimes against gamers, the game may commit. The story and the acting, particularly Peter Lucas'(Piotr Andrzejewski) excellent portrayal of main antagonist Friedrich von Glower. A lot of the story concerns German history and of course the story writers have been extremely liberal in building a fiction based on Lugwig II and Richard Wagner, but the game could still be called semi-historical and educational. But I think one of the most striking things about the game is the friendship between Gabriel and Von Glower, which of course develops into a non-friendship. They appear to have such a strong bond. Von Glower clearly has a sexual desire for Gabriel, which Gabriel reciprocates to a point. I thought the climax of their relationship came with Von Glower's romantic letter to Gabriel, which was like a strange, werewolf's marriage proposal.
The BadThe problem solving isn't always great, but I thought what really hurt the game was the opera at the end, meant to be a long lost Wagner opera. Reading through the program at the start of the opera, you find that it's a very plain romance tale and meant to mirror Gabriel and Von Glower. So it tends to revert them from colourful and multi-faceted into black and white, which for me was a huge let down. I should also note that the door/entrapment puzzle at the end is very hard to solve, harder than it should be in an adventure game, I think.