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Baron Wittard: Nemesis of Ragnarok (PC)

Developed By: Wax Lyrical Games
Published By: Iceberg-Interactive
Release Date: February 18th, 2011
Genre: Adventure/Puzzle Game
Available on: PC
ESRB Rating:N/R
MSRP: $30

Minimum System Requirements

OS: Microsoft® Windows® 2000/XP/Vista®/7®
CPU: 1.0 GHz Intel® Pentium or equal AMD® processor (Higher Recommended )
RAM: 512 MB (1 GB Recommended for  Windows® Vista®/7®)
Video: 128 MB DirectX® 9.0c compatible video card with Shader Model 2.0
Hard Disk Space: 1,5 Gb free disk space
Drive: 4x speed PC DVD-ROM
Sound: DirectX® 9.0 compatible soundcard
Other: Mouse, Keyboard and Sound Speakers

Thank you Iceberg Interactive for sending us this game!

Baron Wittard was an egotistical and eccentric architect, seeking to construct his Utopian vision of a thousand luxury apartments, with all of the amenities of a city in a single building.  Unfortunately, this project was put to a halt due to questionable architectural structure and the Baron passed away shortly afterward.  Recently, there have been disappearances and reported electrical disturbances near this abandoned building.   You’ve been hired to investigate and take some pictures thinking this would make a juicy article.

When you arrive at Utopia you are called by your editor, Kate, who tells you to get inside Utopia by any means necessary.  The building is condemned and since you have not been invited, this won’t be an easy task.  Armed with your cell phone and camera you have to watch your back as you have heard stories of this place being haunted.

Like many first person adventure games, you have to look at your surroundings and explore every nook and cranny.  You will have to read every note to gather clues that will become useful later on.  For example in the beginning of the game, while you are exploring the outside of the Utopia, you will find a magazine in the garbage with the address of the building.   Scattered around the property along with construction vehicles are decoration pillars with a roman numeral and a button.  Once you locate and press the numbers from the address, you’ll gain access to an electrical switchboard to open up an entrance to the underground sewer.

Highlights:

 

Strong Points: Engrossing and suspenseful atmosphere; you really feel like you’re in the game and in danger!

Weak Points: Unless you like puzzles, there’s not much replay ability.

Moral Warnings: Heavy Norse religious influences and supernatural activities.  Some puddles of blood and death sequences shown.

 

Once you’re in the sewer, things get interesting when you realize that you’re not alone.  The Baron possessed many authentic Norse artifacts, and there are plenty of people who would love to get their hands on them.  A looter realizes that you are in the sewers with him but is vaporized by a supernatural being before you make it to him. Once you examine his remains you’ll come across a pendant that will speak to you and guide you to safety.

This pendant is imbued with Baron Wittard’s spirit and he wants you to gather the ten rune stones from different areas of Uptopia to put a stop to the coming Ragnarok (invasion of our world).  Each rune stone must be found and converted to ether by matching it with its proper device.  Unfortunately this is easier said than done since each stone is protected by a brain wracking puzzle.

Several of the puzzles are recognizable, such as the Tower of Hanoi and a twelve step Simon-like puzzle. There are a couple of sliding piece puzzles and some other doozies as well.  If you get stuck (like me), you’re only a Google away from finding a good walkthrough.

Score Breakdown:
Higher is better
(10/10 is perfect)

Game Score - 84%
Game  Play: 16/20
Graphics: 8/10
Sound: 9/10
Stability: 5/5
Controls/Interface: 4/5

Morality Score - 83%
Violence: 6.5/10
Language: 10/10
Sexual Content: 10/10
Occult/Supernatural: 5/10
Cultural/Moral/Ethical: 10/10

Time is of the essence as the powers of Fenrir grow stronger with every passing minute. I love the suspense in this game as it builds when you are in danger.  The sound of your beating heart, the flickering lights and electrical noises all engross you in the atmosphere of the game and really make you feel like you\'re being threatened!

The pre-rendered 2D graphics are really well done and add a lot of character to Utopia with the incredible details in the Norse museum, luxury apartments and the ones still under construction.  The urban graffiti and decay of the abandoned building bring forth emotions of neglect and hopelessness.

As Wittard guides you through Utopia you get to learn a great deal about him and his religion.  Scattered around Utopia are drawings of Odin, and ten rune stones that represent various powers and abilities.  Since you’re being guided around by a dead guy, it’s safe to say that this title has a fair share of supernatural references.  I don’t recall any swearing but there are death references and some blotches of blood in the medical room and other areas as well.

If you don’t mind brain teasing puzzles or Norse religious references, this is a fun and engrossing game.  I’m not a fan of survival horror or adventure games but I enjoyed playing it when I wasn’t frustrated with a puzzle.  There are multiple endings and plenty of areas to explore so you definitely will get your money\'s worth.  I didn’t play through the game twice to see the other ending, I just saved before I made the choice which led to the appropriate ending.  If you really like puzzles you may want to play it again but once through was enough for me.  One of the endings leaves room for a sequel.  If my brain is up for it, I wouldn\'t mind playing that.

 

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