Host Master Deux: Quest for Identity
The show must go on, unless of course there's a big burly dude waiting to break your fingers. Though he learned from his previous mistakes and arrived to host the Game Developer's Conference prepared, Double Fine's Tim Schafer never expected to have to prove he really is, y'know, Tim Schafer, to a giant of a security guard who won't let him onstage. In the adventure game Host Master Deux: Quest for Identity, created by Benedikt Hummel and Marius Fietzek, Tim's got to track down everything he needs to convince the burly gatekeeper he's the one and only. He'll need a Schafer-like beard, more Schafer-ly attire, and some classic Schafer-esque jokes, but rounding all of that up is going to be anything but straightforward. Or sane.
Use the [arrow] keys to move and jump, and tap [spacebar] to interact, with the [1-5] number keys used to select dialogue options. You can only carry one item at a time, and hitting [spacebar] will cause you to try to use it, or you can use the down [arrow] to drop it at your feet to be picked up again whenever you like with the same key.
Though drastically different in style from 2009's misadventure, Quest for Identity is definitely no less funny, albeit in a more surreal way. The art and animation are adorable, with a funky and fitting (though somewhat repetitive) soundtrack by Major Bueno. While all of the puzzles are weird, they also make a strange sort of sense within the game's quirky world concept, so experimenting and paying attention to your surroundings will get you pretty far. It's on the short side even with a few different endings, but despite a little tediousness from trooping back and forth with only one item at a time, it's still a fantastic, gleefully giggly adventure to brighten your day.