Developed by: COWCAT Games Published by: COWCAT Games Reviewed on PlayStation Vita (also available on Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux)
Demetrios The Big Cynical Adventure was released for the Mac OS X, Windows and Linux back in May 2016. COWCAT Games eventually released the PS Vita version this December; read on to see how we felt about this portable version.
Demetrios The Big Cynical Adventure is a point and click adventure influenced by games like Broken Sword, Discworld and Phoenix Wright. The game starts off with Bjorn Thonen, an antique dealer from Paris, getting robbed after coming home drunk. A certain stone tablet was stolen and Bjorn is forced to conduct his own investigation. He gets help from his neighbor Sandra and her daughter Caroline. They travel to the fictional country of Nogo where they learn more about the tablet and the ancient legends about King Demetrios. They have to find all stone tablets in order to save the world.
A lot of point and click adventure games aren’t for everybody, but in particular the dialog and toilet humor COWCAT Games decided to go with can be pretty grotesques at time or just straight up nasty. Without giving anything away, there is one puzzle in the game where you need to use vomit to solve it. Another example of is towards the end of the game you need to basically give a statue an intentional blowjob. There’s a lot of fart, puke, and peeing jokes in this game, so if you’re okay with that you may be able to get through the game.
During your adventure you will mainly follow Bjorn and travel via a mini map where you can select different locations and solve numerous puzzles in order to keep the story moving forward. Storywise, there’s not really much here other than a somewhat funny story that isn’t really compelling at at all. It relies a lot on cheap jokes. Bjorn is the butt of a lot of the jokes for most of game and is a terrible person who’ll make you say “Really.” to yourself. In no way did I find him interesting at all. Sandra, Bjorn’s love interest if you can call it that, can be played towards the end of the game for few puzzle until you meet up with Bjorn again. Then there’s Sandra daughter, Caroline, who is probably the funniest out of the whole cast. She’s not playable but some of her lines are good.
The puzzles make up most of gameplay and are mostly pretty well thought out and at times can be challenging. If you do happen to get stuck on a puzzle, you can go through each area to collect three cookies. Eating a cookie will help you give you clues on how to solve a puzzle and also point you in the right direction.
Demetrios The Big Cynical Adventure should take you anywhere from eight to ten hours to complete. There are a few mini games you can play such as plate shooting, crane games, worm racing, horse racing, and shooting cardboard animals. After you finish the game you can unlock the mini games, music, and art in the art gallery. Once you finish unlocking everything, there’s really no reason to ever play this game again unless you’re a completionist. There isn’t much here and if you can solve the puzzles pretty fast, the adventure won’t last long. Demetrios doesn’t do anything new or exciting and with its brand of humor. Only a select few will enjoy this title or not mind the toilet humor.