Point-and-click Adventure Game Book (Seriously)
Location: at home
Date Played: May 8, 2021
Team size: 1; we recommend 1-4
Duration: 5-8 hours
Price: about $30
Cantaloop Book 1: Breaking into Prison was described to me as “a really good point-and-click adventure game in book form… that actually feels like a point-and-click adventure game.”
After taking this product into the lab and studying it, I can confirm that description as entirely accurate.
The art, writing, characters, and puzzle design all worked together to feel like a great point-and-click adventure game. The difference is that you can play it in a small group, with physical (albeit mostly paper) props, and enjoy it communally… like an escape room.
Our group of 4 loved playing Cantaloop. It was smart, funny, and craftily designed, with all of the tropes that make people love (or hate) point-and-click adventure games. If that sounds appealing to you, then this is a must-buy. If you despise point-and-click adventure games on computer, I doubt that Cantaloop will suddenly convert you.
When we finished playing, we mused about how this game could easily be translated into a mobile app, and go full point-and-click adventure game… but concluded that it shouldn’t, because it would be less fun.
Paper might be the future of the point-and-click adventure genre. No joke.
Who is this for?
- Point-and-click adventure lovers
- Story seekers
- Any experience level
- Strong writing and characters
- Tons of humor
- It felt like a proper point-and-click adventure
Charismatic crook “Hook” Carpenter is back on Cantaloop Island and assembling a new team for one last job. The catch: the hacker he needs for this job is locked up in prison.Continue reading “Cantaloop Book 1: Breaking into Prison [Review]”