The Earl Octopusor
Miss Libellule's been enjoying a bit of well-earned rest and relaxation after dealing with The Queen of Snakes, but in jo99's latest point-and-click adventure, she's not staying still for long when a letter literally falls in her lap, begging her to come rescue two star crossed lovers... and be rewarded with a lot of treasure, but that's if she can deal with The Earl Octopusor. All you have to do to play is click to move and interact, and keep your eyes open for clues, since spotting and deciphering codes for locks is a big part of playing. This time around, the game comes with two difficulty options, and if you're playing on "easy", the cursor will not only change when it crosses over interactive zones, it'll highlight important clues in when you place your cursor over them. Place your cursor over the four dots at the right side of the screen to open options for saving, loading, and sound, and use the arrows to either side of your inventory at the bottom of the screen to scroll through it, since some items will be placed on different "pages". If you want to combine items you're carrying, just click on one, and then the object you're trying to combine it with, but be aware that some items with more than one component need to be used in a specific order!
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Like every jo99 game, The Earl of Octopusor is a wonderfully creative and unique game with an eye-catching and distinct visual style, but unlike jo99's previous titles, it also takes a lot of steps towards more user-friendliness in its design. Because the art in any jo99 game is always so lavishly, intricately detailed, it used to be an occasionally frustrating challenge to pick out by sight alone what you could and couldn't interact with, and the inclusion of a changing cursor into "easy" difficulty makes the whole experience play a lot more smoothly, with the other difficulty setting allowing your more hardcore point-and-clickers to still play the classic way without help. The puzzles you'll encounter all tend to come down to figuring out how to decipher a particular code or finding keys, and for the most part they tend to be logical affairs, apart from some instances where you may need to retrieve a key you've already used or take something apart. It's finding things that might be tricky for some, especially since even on easy difficulty it's still, well, easy to miss something if you don't pass your cursor over every nook and cranny. If you're the sort of person who knows to examine everything, however, you'll find The Earl Octopusor satisfyingly challenging and a wonderful treat to behold. The ending implies that this isn't the last we'll see of Miss Libellule, and if all her adventures are this exciting and weird, we have no problem with that whatsoever!
Thanks to Nicosite for sending this one in!