‘Wolley Mountain’ knits old-game influences
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.