The Tale of Doris and the Dragon
[Note: This is the first installment of a planned series, with other episodes planning to be paid downloads!]
You know, you wouldn't think death would be so complicated, but Doris finds herself having a right bit of trouble as she tries to pass on in the afterlife. Apparently, she didn't get the leaflet on her way into this odd limbo-like world, but after befriending a dragon named Norb and having a trusty trolley with her, things are looking up. In Arrogant Pixel's new point and click adventure game, The Tale of Doris and the Dragon: Episode 1, Doris only wants to find her husband and move on into the eternities, but a mysterious group is attempting to use this aged adventurer for something far more sinister. Click and hold on people or objects to view a menu to choose "look at" or "interact", and just click anywhere to make Doris walk to it, with your inventory dropping down from the top of the screen when you mouse over it. This retro pixel art game will have you remembering the fond days of games like King's Quest and Quest for Glory, and if you don't have those memories... well, The Tale of Doris and the Dragon will help you get a feel for what you missed. If you're interested in more, check out the official site for news on upcoming episodes!
Doris stands out in this tale because unlike most heroines, she's old. It makes for an interesting mix of adventurer and character development. Our girl still has plenty of spunk to her and she's not weeping over her death the whole time. While it makes things more unique, Doris does move a little slowly as an elderly person, though the developers have responded to feedback and increased her speed. It's a little easy to get stuck as exits to other screens aren't always obvious. Thankfully though when you do see the transition arrow, you can double click and pop into the other screen much quicker. Other than the weaker mechanics, this game truly stands out with its interesting characters such as Norb, who is basically a glorified secretary, and even the ferryman, who keeps a small garden on the side to keep from getting too lonely. The Tale of Doris and the Dragon is sure to be a fantastic series and with the developers listening to the players the next episode is sure to be even cleaner and grander. But for now we can only enjoy this small part of Doris' odd little adventure she calls death.