I must admit, when I found out Yahtzee's new Trilby game wasn't set within the Chzo Mythos I was disappointed and skeptical of how good it was going to be. Then I remembered the awesome 1213 series, the psychological action platformer that blew me away. Also the fact that this game's protagonist is Trilby. Trilby makes every game fun. Fact.
For those of you who haven't played the Trilby games, listen up. Trilby is a gentleman and master thief. He has a severe lack of trust in people and nothing but contempt for foolish men of means. In 1993 he broke into the DeFoe mansion and found himself trapped inside with 4 other people. Thus began his journey into the Chzo Mythos as detailed in 5 Days A Stranger and its sequels.
The year is 1991. Trilby is just a young thief, starting out in his career after years of training. He grew tired of the simple jobs in Britain and decided to move to Chapow City in America; a town where only money matters. The rich are stinking rich and the poor are foraging for food. He went there with one goal in mind: to become the greatest thief the world has ever seen.
To prepare and train for his many heists, Trilby has leased a building in town and has converted it into a workshop. It contains everything that he needs to prepare himself for anything he'll come up against in the field. Trilby has honed his skills and is ready to redistribute wealth.
This is one of the most addictive games of its kind I have played in years. Even though it took me many attempts to complete certain levels, each attempt was fun. I played with a sense of wonder like when I played platformers as a child.
The graphics in this game are deliciously fluid. Seeing Trilby pull himself up onto a ledge using his grolly (grappling hook umbrella) made me go “Wow!”, as is the animation of him pulling out and using a smoke bomb. Each environment is unique and each feels like that kind of place. The lighting system is truly superb. The music is immersive and wonderfully ambient.
If I were to compare it to any other game it would be Flashback, except this game is immensely more fun. I spent a good 6 hours beating the first few levels while writing this review, and I got so sidetracked by just how damn fun it is.
Yes, this game is fun. Fun? This game? It sure is.
In fact, it's so fun that I played it for 5 hours straight without realizing. If you're looking for a fun, addictive game with an eccentric thief, this is the game for you.
Review by: Allen