Bank robbery can be fun, and Escaping from Prison is satisfying, but diamonds are a stickman's best friend. And, wouldn't ya know it, the Tunisian Diamond is on display at Stickville Museum. It's night, so the usual rabble has gone home. It's just a couple of guards standing between you and an early retirement. With all your technology on-hand, they should prove no problem, right?... WRONG! Puffballs United is back with another comical adventure, Stealing the Diamond. It's schadenfreuderiffic!
Stealing the Diamond is set-up choose-your-own-adventure style. An animation plays, and every so often you use the mouse (and occasionally the keyboard) to make a choice as to what your stickman avatar should do to proceed. The main divergence comes at the beginning, where you choose between Busting In and Sneaking In. The choices of the former generally have a time limit (giving it the feel of an old laser-disc game), while the latter's do not. There are three paths to a successful heist and forty ways to fail. There's no particular rhyme or reason as to what choices will succeed or fail, so progress will inevitably include dying a lot. Of course, that's sort of the point. A 7% chance of victory may seem low, but remember... it's a very big diamond.
This interactive movie might be more movie than interactive, but otherwise it has the complete package: smooth animation, hilarious writing, impressive voice-acting, snarky death messages, and a kickin' soundtrack. Puffballs clearly has an understanding of the nature of animated physical comedy, and many of the situations he creates wouldn't be out of place in the best Road Runner cartoons. I also really liked the background scenery of the museum. There's so many jokes to spot that I'm sure I missed a few by blinking. There are also quite a few internet-culture references herein: those who know their FALCON PAAAAAAUNCH! from their SHOOP-DA-WHOOP will probably enjoy this more than those who don't. Still, there are more than enough crashing into walls for everyone to enjoy. Achievement hunters might have preferred the inclusion of a save system, but, overall, Stealing the Diamond is a real gem.
Thanks to Chris and Joshua for sending this one in!