Rick and Morty's Rushed Licensed Adventure
Available on Adult Swim, "grown up" cartoon Rick and Morty follows the adventures of a young, perpetually flustered teenage boy named Morty and his formerly estranged genius grandfather Rick, whose ability to travel to other dimensions and craft wondrous inventions is matched only by his tolerance for alcohol and borderline contempt for everyone around them. Together, they've dealt with everything from giant heads from beyond the stars that demand Earth take place in an intergalactic music competition, to the concept of self and mortality via dimension-hopping after the end of the world. It's violent, crude, and most likely offensive, but it's also incredibly, uncomfortably smart and thoughtful at times in addition to being really, really funny... and now it has its own campy point-and-click adventure with Rick and Morty's Rushed Licensed Adventure by Starburns Industries. The game is broken up into four short episodes, each with its own loose plot, and, as the title implies, things are going to get very ri(ck)diculous very quickly, with problems ranging from an alien on the couch to Morty's sister Summer's horrifying new condition, and the premises and solutions are anything but mundane. Use [WASD] or the [arrow] keys to move, and click on things to interact by either looking at or using them, while remembering some items in your inventory can be combined. Each episode is short, and will likely only take you around fifteen minutes or so, but with voice acting by the show's cast and all the bizarre humour fans have come to expect, Rick and Morty's Rushed Licensed Adventure is a fun, snarky, point-and-click romp, albeit one with some frustrating adventure game logic, and more toned down content than you might expect. (And, P.S., if you're reading this review in the painful, scary gap between seasons two and three, do yourself a favour and pick up the comics... I promise they're worth it.)
Rushed Licensed Adventure is definitely more about making fun of itself than it is, well, just about anything else, as Rick and Morty frequently sarcastically point out how illogical, silly, or flat-out ridiculous things are with varying degrees of scathing contempt, and most of what you'll get from this game depends on how much you like the series' style of humour. Where the cartoon is punched up by unexpected moments of seriousness, character development, and uncomfortable introspection, the game is basically all gags all the time, and while it's funny more often than not, it would have been nice if more of the jokes weren't simply variations on breaking the fourth wall to say "look how lazy the developers are/stupid this puzzle is". Speaking of, most of the puzzles you'll encounter are sort of logical, often accompanied by some straight-faced and obvious hints from the characters, though you'll still likely have to fall back on trying everything on everything else more than once. While there are occasionally a few weird glitches, however, mostly pertaining to sound and animation syncing up or displaying, the game is still a lot of fun. Obviously you'll get the most out of it if you already know and love the characters, but come on... an old school pixel point-and-click adventure that parodies the genre and slathers on the jokes with Rick and Morty? OOoooooh yeah, CAAAAAAAAAAN DO!
Thanks to RamblinRob for sending this one in!