'The Night of the Rabbit'
ESRB rating: Teen
Review rating: 4.0 stars
It's unfortunate that most modern gamers have never played point-and-click adventure games because marketing focuses on AAA titles that emulate big-budget movies. However, this old-school genre is making a comeback thanks to whimsical games like "The Night of the Rabbit."
With only two days left in his vacation, young Jeremiah Hazelnut receives a mysterious letter. Like most young boys, he's always dreamed of becoming a magician, and now his dream is coming true. Soon he meets a charming white rabbit named Marquis de Hoto, who magically transports him to a parallel world.
Players control Jeremiah as he navigates this beautiful and surrealistic hand-drawn world while learning to be a Treewalker. However, becoming a magician who can travel between worlds is no easy feat, so he must find and use several spells along the way. He also discovers that numerous mysteries envelop this land, and it's very beneficial to unravel them.
Solving puzzles plays a big part in the game, and some of them can be very challenging. I don't consider this to be a bad thing because I like being forced to think once in a while. However, the developers realize that they don't all have obvious answers, so they try to nudge players in the right direction.
Another fun part of this adventure is the focus on finding and learning magical spells. The ability to use spells as if they're inventory items adds much-needed depth to game play, especially when they can have multiple uses. I found that the grow spell and the ability to speak to statues both came in handy many times, and I also really enjoy conjuring various illusions.
It's too bad that Jeremiah isn't nearly as interesting as most of the characters he encounters. In addition, newcomers to this genre may find some of the puzzles to be downright maddening because the answers are obscure. Still, patient gamers will enjoy playing "The Night of the Rabbit."