Lair Of The Clockwork God

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Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Released: February 2020. Added to this library 6 weeks ago, last updated 2 weeks ago.

Overview

Lair Of The Clockwork God is an adventure played with two characters from different game genres. Ben is a die-hard, old-school LucasArts Adventure fan, one foot stuck in the 90s. Dan is younger, running and jumping platform character, he's hip, he's sensitive, and his nose is a different colour to the rest of his face.

You play the adventure, solving puzzles, interacting with other characters and finding useful objects by switching between the platform play and the point-and-click adventure investigation.

Dan and Ben have stared in other games from the developer, but this one stands in its own right. It's a game about getting older and the fear of getting left behind by new ways of playing, living and loving.

"Ben still lives by the self-set rules of ‘90s point-and-click adventures," writes one reviewer, "perambulating levels with one eyebrow raised, and refusing to climb over even the smallest of ledges. Dan, meanwhile, breathlessly chases relevance, ditching the conventions of a dying genre to mantle through the world in the style of popular platformers instead."

In the funny writing, sometimes puerile humour are more tender moments where the characters move towards accepting the turning of the years.

Commitment

Duration: This game will take between 10 hours and 11 hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

Costs

Does not include in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Ratings

The developers describe the content as, "frequent swearing, but cartoon violence and no nudity/sex".

Accessibility

This game supports accessibility in the following ways:
  • Difficulty: The points and click puzzles need a lot of attention to detail and belligerent experimentation to solve. Platforming is easier and has an assistance slider to adjust the difficulty.
  • Reading: There is a lot of reading, some of this is spoken but not very much. The text is dyslexia friendly and can be resized, turned white and given a black background. There's an option for speech to be typed on the screen and to include the name of the current speaker.
  • Controls: You can have text auto progress rather than needing a button press. You can turn on a toggle to interact without holding buttons.
  • Image calibration: You can turn off screen shake.
  • Audio calibration: You can turn off camera noise. There is a colour blind friendly mode.

System settings: Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators... read more.


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