There are many problems in this world today. And many good things too. But one of the most staggering problems we face is homelessness. Most just walk idly by such a catastrophe, but one game dares to stand up and gripe about it. That game is none other than Sydney Finds Employment. Created in 2006 by a member of a prominent spriters community, known as Istivan, the game employs professional art, animation, and writing that will warm your heart, and give you a nice cushy government job if you keep quiet about that incident. You know the one I mean. The incident that stirred up the adventure game community, left its mark as a great game, and keeps going as an instant classic. That game is Sydney Finds Employment.
While the people who know me shout: “Get a job ya bum!” in my general direction, I am busy bringing to you a review of quality games. This quality game begins as a big corporation, or bank if you prefer, decides to outlaw homelessness (and farting). As an old homeless man(or old fart), you are disobeying two laws. In order to save your hide and the hides of other bums and hobos, you set out on a quest to destroy this law once and for all. Along the way, you’ll meet animal geeks, traverse the halls of a gentlemen’s magazine syndicate, and even navigate the treacherous streets of big business. Don’t get lost, or even worse, don’t get a permanent job.
The graphics and animation in this game scream professional. Alongside dirty homeless-style backgrounds that sport a simplistic cartoon-ish look like an old 1950's comic strip, fluid animation as seen in todays cartoons make the characters and bums come to life on your screen. A hilarious story combines with interesting yet wacky characters to endear you, and sometimes make you put a clothespin on your nose. Music is cheery, fun, and just jazzy enough to make you think, “WOOHOO! Livin’ on da street equals keepin’ it real!” The puzzles in the game can stump you, but they aren’t horrid enough to be compared to a pixel hunt. Just the right level of difficulty means that you’ll spend at least two or three hours of enjoyment before finally arriving at the game's hilarious and un-disappointing ending.
I really enjoyed this game, and the story really makes you feel for Sydney even though you can’t help but laugh out loud at the situations he gets into. This game gets five carrots, which I’m sure Sydney can make a great meal out of them. If you like adventure games, then pick this up quick!
Review by: Secret Fawful