I know that this game has been out for a bit, but thanks to Daedalic Entertainment, I was able to play the first chapter of their series revolving around the land of Deponia. In this game you will be taking on the role of Rufus, the inventive yet accident prone individual whose only dream is to leave Deponia behind and find his way to the city in the sky Elysium. There of course are just a couple of things that are standing in his way from achieving his goal.
Graphically the game looks like it well right out of a very well made webcomic. The character designs actually remind me of the webcomic, Ctrl+Alt+Del. There's a lot of personality given to each character, which makes the game that much more enjoyable. You'll be spending most of your time around the city of Kuvaq which of course is part of Deponia. Deponia is basically one big rust bucket trash heap, and you can easily see that the artists nailed the look of the locale.
I have to say that I loved the dialogue that was written for this game, it was humorous, egotistical, had some twists and turns, and all around worked perfectly for the game.
The controls of the game are pretty straight forward. This is a point and click adventure game so all the action is going to happen through your mouse. You will just need to hover over different parts of the current area to see if you can look at something, pick something up, or interact with something. A nice helpful addition to the game is that you can always hold down the space bar and it will show you all the pieces that are interactive in the current area.
So you play the part of Rufus who apparently is the son of an old mayor of the town. You have ambitions of getting away from Deponia, and your ticket out of there is to shoot yourself at the passing train that will hopefully take you to Elysium, the only problem is that you don't really have that good of a track record when it comes to attempting this maneuver. Apparently this is not your first attempt, and there's always something that goes wrong. In this first chapter of the trilogy you will find yourself trying to help an Elysian, all the while trying to find a way to go back with her. You will have to be very creative with things that you pick up to create objects that will help you advance the game. I'm not going to lie, some of the puzzles took a bit too long because I couldn't wrap my head fully around them, but there's nothing like conquering a puzzle that stands in your way.
This is a great start to the series, and I can't wait to play the next game. Since the third one is about to come out I have to say that there's not much time left to get in all the backstory before you are faced with the last chapter, but so far all I can say is that it's worth a look and a playthrough. This game gets an 8.5 out of 10.