Earl Grey and This Rupert Guy
Looking for a bit of pre-Halloween adventure to get you all fired up? Well, maybe it's time you heard about Earl Grey and This Rupert Guy. Rupert is a courier, who has a package to deliver to Earl Grey, who lives in the spooky mansion on the hill. No, that's seriously the address, and Rupert isn't going to rest until he's delivered the package to Earl Grey in person. That's right, no tossing the goods into a bush in roughly the vicinity of the address; you're not working for UPS, after all. But finding the Earl is going to be a little tricky since his home is a little unconventional, and it doesn't take long for obstacles to start springing up. The game is mostly kid-safe, being about as frightening as a baby bunny just waking up from a nap in a YouTube video, but there are two instances of words that may be considered a little blue for younger children, so parents be advised and play first.
Playing is simple; just click on things to interact, and click on objects in your inventory to use them. The game very thoughtfully displays the name of interactive objects when you mouse over them, so you don't have to worry about pixel hunting here. Early on Rupert gains a pair of glasses that let him see environments in a new light, and you can click on them in your inventory to take put them on or take them off. The mansion is home to several adorable but lonely spirits, and helping them is entirely optional. If you're a jerk, you can choose to help them, but deliberately misinterpret their requests.
The game is absolutely beautiful, with cute sketchy graphics and a clean, professional presentation, and the writing is even fairly funny from time to time, if a little odd. The only real downside is that it's fairly short, probably only around fifteen minutes or so, and there's only one ending regardless of what you might choose to do for the ghostly residents. But for the short time it'll take out of your day, Earl Grey and This Rupert Guy is definitely worth a look, and we can only hope we'll be seeing more of Rupert one day soon.