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Willy Morgan and the Curse of Bone Town

Willy Morgan and the Curse of Bone Town, a game developed by imaginarylab, was released on Steam and GOG this August. This point & click adventure is published both by VLG Publishing and WhisperGames. It is a game that is very reminiscent of the old classics like Monkey Island from LucasArts and some of the earlier Sierra games. ̴͉́̀4̴̞̣̒̊ẃ̶ͅ=̶̢̕c̸̪̻̎̎p̷̢͔̓!̵̺̑F̸̪͉̈́b̴͍̈́M̸̖̳͌̈U̸͈̲̇̊s̵̹̣͆͠6̶̪̐̾k̷̡̈̈ẍ̷̜́Y̸͚̹͆b̸̵̭̼̀̊̄̀͜$̴̥̚X̷͕̮̅B̶͙͚̂H̵̳͖̀̈Q̴͎̅͘Ǹ̴͚͗r̷̓́ͅ However, this game has a very modern look completed with 3D graphics and even cinematographic sequences. Not surprising with a team like imaginarylab, Ciro Camera, the mind behind the studio comes from a background in 3D graphics, modeling, rendering and video creation.

The protagonist of the game is Willy Morgan. Willy is a young boy living with his mother. His father, Henry Morgan is a famous archaeologist and he went missing ten years ago. Willy is enjoying his summer holidays while relaxing at home. Today of all days the postman brings a surprise for him. It seems his dad wrote this letter ten years ago just before his disappearance. 2̵͎̎̑X̷͙͜͝R̵̨̯͂z̵̛̪”̷̊̈́͜V̴͖̍̃=̷̧̀̌͜Ǔ̸͉̟3̴͓̾͘T̸̲̐̚ÿ̷͖́Q̶͈́͝ͅY̵̺̝̋͐Ŷ̸̨͎̓n̴̲̋G̷̛̬e̷̫̊C̷͚̋̉7̶̲͗͜*̸̡͓̀̆Q̶͔̞͌͝c̷͓̼̃s̷͍̃̊V̷̫̝͌͗z̵͎̈́ This fateful letter contains one important message: Willy must finish his dad’s mission. Most importantly his dad warns him that he cannot trust anyone. To complete this mission he will have to travel to Bone Town, a contemporary pirate town. He has no idea what is waiting for him in this town, but his father needs him so he gets on his bike and leaves for an unexpected adventure. Once he arrives at the Bone Town’s Inn, his first move is to retrace his father’s last step and solve the mystery of his disappearance.

Two of the main themes in Willy Morgan and the Curse of Bone Town are exploration and the mystery surrounding the story. The town is not huge but it is still very extensive. Every single corner is packed with locations. With over 50 locations and 15 different characters there is a lot to see and do in this game. 8̴̣̆̎k̴͈͍͐͘w̷̤̿)̵̜̑͛&̴͇̾h̷̙̓m̶̘̠̅p̷͍̽̄?̴̡̬̌͐)̷̘͓̓͝O̶̠̓4̴̛̭̃ẍ̸͓́͋l̷̰̎͒7̶̨͈͐̑m̴̧͔̈́”̷̩̍Ê̸̯͜7̸̡́p̶͔̀?̵͎̚͠R̵̦̓o̴̺̺̊b̸̠͔͊Q̶̧̻̅̓ Each of the characters has broad and branching dialogue trees. The writing is humorous and engaging. I was impressed by the thought that was put into each location. Each one has its own concept and style. Every time you step into a location it is a different little world in its own right.

The talent of the developers really shines when it comes to the artwork. It is excellent. If you were to imagine a modern version of Monkey Island or any one of those classics, the result would be similar to this game. The third person view combined with the 3D graphics deeply modernizes this old style. The 3D graphics are fun, quirky and adeptly conceptualized. The animations are of great quality and worthy of any cartoon you see on television. U̸̺̣͑͌V̵̲͎̌ḙ̵̽̿B̸̭́͋Ạ̵̊́ͅv̵̦̂N̸̰͘l̴̟͍̎̓M̵̢̥͂̕X̴̥̪͊B̸͔͌̚͜Q̸͇͔̂́)̶̮̭͆̾z̷͕̯̔͠ñ̶͔̌B̸͕̼͑̚4̵͓͂̈́b̸̗̐0̸̮̈́Ì̵̳̩͒P̶̛͙̈S̵̤̈h̷̜͍̏̀(̷̰̏ͅS̴̟̜̓ It gives the game a more polished look and are a beautiful addition to this classic genre. The music in general is good. The only complaint I have is that in the first part of the game, the music can get quite repetitive and somewhat annoying. But in the second half of the game, it improves and gets a lot more varied. All dialogues are voiced-over and that is another implementation that gives the game a polished look.

The puzzles are well integrated with the story and the developer managed to keep the flow through the whole game. They are challenging without being too hard, and I never became stuck with any of the puzzles. They are always logical, so with a bit of reasoning you can come up with the solution without any outside help. J̶͈̝̓/̷͙̝͛?̷͎̳̀3̸̢̺͒w̵̹̫̒̀P̸̥̫̈̌t̶̢̳͋8̴̬̈́̀m̴̭̌T̴̮̄8̷̳̮͆f̴̜͠%̴̱̒̃͜&̵̙̯̂I̵̬͋͒q̶̗͛̉Z̸̺̀̚n̴͙̬̅͐z̶̫̀O̴͇̥̓́0̸͚̏̇z̸̼̋ͅ8̸͎̊q̵̥̔1̶̳̌ There is a good variety of them, and they are always pertinent to the story. Most importantly they are fun to solve. There is a bit of back and forth as in every point & click game, but you can use the map for quick travel so it is never a chore.

Willy Morgan and the Curse of Bone Town is an outstanding first game from imaginarylab. I was thoroughly impressed. Being the studio’s first game, I did not expect such a high level of quality and polish. It is a well rounded game that was a pleasure to play. If you love adventures, mysteries and fun quirky stories then you will probably love this game.

Written by Vee