‘Wol­ley Moun­tain’ knits old-game in­flu­ences

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In the point-and-click ad­ven­ture game world, there is no higher seal of ap­proval than a thumbs-up from Ron Gil­bert, the guy be­hind clas­sics in­clud­ing Ma­niac

Man­sion and The Se­cret of Mon­key Is­land. Gil­bert is back­ing Bri­tish ad­ven­ture game The Mys­tery of

Wool­ley Moun­tain on crowd-fund­ing plat­form Kick­starter and it will soon be avail­able through Steam.

For now, there is a taster demo avail­able for down­load. If this is any­thing to go by, the full game prom­ises di­a­logue and at­mos­phere rem­i­nis­cent of Lu­cas Arts favourites, com­plete with odd­ball char­ac­ters and a quirky sto­ry­line where time-trav­el­ling a au­dio sci­en­tist goes on a quest to save some chil­dren from a wicked witch. The sound­track and gloomy back­drop feel like they have been in­flu­enced by

Stranger Things, which is also a bonus. The one draw­back of this charm­ing ad­ven­ture game is the “kiddy car­toon” look. I’m more of a retro pixel art fan my­self, but if you’re will­ing to get past the slightly clunky graph­ics then the game­play is en­joy­able.

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