Back in October, William Pugh, co-designer of The Stanley Parable, released a playable teaser for the first game from his new studio Crows Crows Crows. Well, that game has now been released and it’s called Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger and the Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist. With a playtime of around 20 minutes, the name is almost as long as the game itself. The game has been released on Steam for free, but in their newsletter Crows Crows Crows have promised that they’ll have plenty more to announce in the new year, so that explains why they’re able to offer Dr Langeskov for free.
The premise of Dr Langeskov is that you play a master thief in the most high-stakes heist of his life, taking part in car chases, exploring haunted mansions, and taking on a fearsome tiger. That’s the premise. What you actually get is really quite different, but it’s impossible to tell you exactly what because doing so would ruin one of the most delightful aspects of the game – the fact that it takes you utterly by surprise. Suffice it to say that if you enjoyed The Stanley Parable, you’ll enjoy this game. It’s meta, absurd, and it calls your attention to things like how we define a videogame, how they’re created, what we expect from them and why we expect these things. For one thing, this game allows you to collect coins. I collected them all. I went looking for them. And I still don’t know why. What consumed me?
Another things to say about Dr Langeskov is that it’s really funny. You’ll absolutely laugh, not just because it’s so farcical, but because it’s narrated by comedian Simon Amstell who does an excellent job of sounding like a man on the very precipice of sanity and patience and you can’t help but feeling a kind of demonic glee in seeing just how far you can push him.
I’m not sure how else to convince you to try this game; it’s creative, it’s short, it’s free, and it’s guaranteed to give you a laugh. I can’t wait to see what Crows Crows Crows come out with next. Hopefully a game with a lift that doesn’t take an absolute age to arrive.
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