Cheap and Dirty Gamer tends to be a series focused on random games that don’t necessarily steal too much attention away from the larger, more in depth games in your library. While I’ve reviewed some pretty good games, very few of them have gotten into my head in the way that The Last Door: Chapter 1 has.
The Last Door: The Letter is a point-and-click adventure game set in the late 1800’s that revolves around a man going to visit an old friend after he receives a mysterious letter. Once he arrives at his friend’s manor, he finds things in disarray and his friend missing. Apparently your character is extremely brave and despite the spooky scenario, decides to investigate the manor and find out what happened to his colleague.
The game is oozing with atmosphere, fueled primarily by excellent sound design and the gripping mystery that unravels as you explore the old house. Despite the art design having a retro flair, the game manages to smother you in tension though out. I can honestly say that every step I took was hampered by apprehension. Being that it’s a point-and-click style game, there is plenty of item collection and light puzzle solving, though nothing that will frustrate you.
A word of warning, while the first chapter of The Last Door is a free pilot of sorts, you will need to donate money to get access to the following chapters (which will be released episodically). I say this only because you will absolutely want to donate money in order to be able to play the rest of the chapters. The Last Door has a resonance that one wouldn’t quite expect.
I will be reviewing the entire series as I can’t possible sing the game’s praises enough in the format of this series. I am so glad point-and-click games are back!
Cheap and Dirty Gamer – Being cheap used to be an insult, but with the economy in the dumps it’s now a survival skill. Being dirty also used to be an insult, but that changed after Christina Aguilera’s song came out. Not all gamers have the funds to play full priced games, but that doesn’t mean that gaming quality has to suffer. There are good free and cheap games everywhere, games specifically made for the sexy survivors among us.