One of the best things about reviewing video games is playing games that perhaps I would likely have never played, nor even heard of. Sometimes you discover a right gem, that takes a simple idea and implements it perfectly to create a fun or thought provoking experience that sticks with you long after you finish it. Other times, you get to take in some of the worst that the industry has to offer. ‘n Verlore Verstand, by South African based developer Skobbejak Games, is very much one of these games….
“Death is no escape down here”, the closing statement of the narrator as the tutorial comes to an end. This statement is probably true for most games, where death is really never more that an inconvenient setback rather than anything finite. Crawl however does things a bit differently, where death simply switches you from team living to team dead.
You play Scarlett Everitt, an apprentice alchemist who has just finished 5 years at university and is returning home only to find that things have changed considerably in her absence. Keen to start working under the local master alchemist, you instead suffer an encounter with a mysterious stranger which triggers flashbacks to memories of your missing parents, and this is where the game starts. If it all sounds a little familiar, well that’s because it very much is.