A Date in the Park
Lou is a happy-go-lucky guy that has had some bad luck but is ready to start anew after his parents died a year ago, by moving to the beautiful city of Lisbon. In the start of this free indie point-and-click adventure game (which might not be so happy-go-lucky), A Date in the Park by Cloak and Dagger Games, you find Lou, well, about to go on a date in the park with the woman of his dreams he just met the night before. Lou feels as if she is truly the one, and for those who have met a person in an unfamiliar bar and then plan the rest of their lives together, we know that this probably won't end the way he thinks it will. Lou is optimistic to a fault about his life and is rather a sappy gent himself that perhaps we can ignore the slight hints that something is off and join him in his haze of puppy love.
A Date in the Park starts off a little slow. You have to explore the whole park before anything happens, and that's over 20 luscious serene scenes. Thankfully instead of having to switch through action choices as in Mudlarks, you either left-click to interact, or right-click to examine. When you right click on the exit of the area, you pop right into the next one instead of having to watch Lou walk across the entire way, so if you like you can just pop though the areas and get the show on the road. For those who enjoy the aesthetics of a game, you're going to enjoy the tranquil moseying around. In the end, however, you're going to find you can't shake off the feeling that something just isn't right. If you have your sound up, and are listening quite carefully then perhaps you'll gain a few clues before the finale. While this game sets up to look and feel like a long adventure, it'll likely take you thirty minutes to an hour depending on how you play. Since this game takes place in Portugal, everyone but Lou speaks the native language and even he doesn't know what they are saying. I don't speak any Portuguese either, but if you do, I have a feeling this will be a very different game from the get go. I really don't want to give too much away, but I'll just say this is a grand telling of a story, and that's all I'll say. This is something that must really be experienced first hand.
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