In space, no one can hear you eating cake.
Especially when you’re completely and terribly alone, save for one robot who you can’t decide if you like or not. Sure, he’s the one that brings you surprise cakes, but he’s also the one that locked you in your room and forced you to fix the things you’d been putting off fixing. Damnit Barton, I’ll fix the Spectrometer when I’m done writing this, leave me alone!
Ahem. As I was saying, space is a vast emptiness and sometimes that emptiness can be a bit well, depressing. Something to help? A classic point-and-click game with a great sense of humour. That’s what you’ll find when you load up Odysseus Kosmos and His Robot Quest. Odysseus Kosmos is episodic, with the pilot episode as well as episodes one through three currently available. Episodes four and five are still in development but will be available for download as they release.
In Odysseus Kosmos and his Robot Quest – a bit of a mouthful, I agree – you play as, you guessed it, Odysseus Kosmos. Oddy, as he likes to be called, is the only living member aboard the San Francisco, a scientific vessel exploring the vastness of space, and is awaiting the return of the rest of the crew who have ventured to a planet where time moves incredibly slowly. To the other crew members, barely any time has passed. For Oddy and Barton – his robot buddy – there’s been years of isolation.
Each episode of Odysseus Kosmos has players assisting Oddy and Barton as they fix equipment, manage the ship, keep Oddy’s hunger at bay and more, all while the duo orbit around an ever-looming black hole waiting patiently and avoiding as many disasters as possible.
Odysseus Kosmos plays just like a classic point-and-click adventure. You pick up dozens of items and try to work out just how they all fit together to solve a problem. Eventually, after combining together a screwdriver with a banana and wooden mallet, you’ll have exactly the tool you need to fix everything, thus allowing you to move forward with the story. My brilliant banana invention is just an example, but that’s basically what you should expect to find in the first three episodes.
For fans of the genre, Odysseus Kosmos and His Robot Quest is a must have. The puzzles are well done, the humour is brilliant, and the story will pull you in right away and never let you back out to orbit. The main character isn’t exactly someone players will strive to become – i.e a lazy procrastinating yet smart spaceship engineer – but that somehow makes him even more likeable. You end up rooting for him. You can give the first episode of Odysseus Kosmos a try for free, or grab the full game for £14.99/$14.99. In the meantime, if you’re not convinced check out the first six or so minutes of the first episode below!