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Misadventures of Laura Silver: Chapter I
Developed By: Studio Attic Salt
Published By: Studio Attic Salt
Released: August 14, 2019
Available On: Android, Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows
Genre: Mystery Adventure
ESRB Rating: None specified
Number of Players: Single-player
Price: $7.99
(Humble Store Link)

First, my thanks to Studio Attic Salt for the review key.

In the days of yore, we had point and click adventure games that were as much visual novel as they were an interactive game, and while the former has waned in popularity these days, the genre is not dead, and Misadventures of Laura Silver is an attempt to dust off the genre with a supernatural murder mystery.

The story is set in 1935, during the interwar period, and your protagonist is Laura Silver. She's a snarky British woman with a silver Enfield revolver, a quick wit, and a carrot haired partner named Orewell Cooper who serves as her pleasant if bumbling foil. Together, under the guise of being filmmakers, they have been sent to Czechoslovakia to investigate a series of murders attributed to the mysterious water being called the "Vodnik," and if it is indeed real, they must also deal with it so that it ceases to kill again.

The story is one part comedy (if dark at times), one part history, one part film noir, and one part supernatural mystery. When combined, you get a branching story with multiple endings and a plot good for a dedicated afternoon of "whodunnit."

Misadventures of Laura Silver: Chapter I
Highlights:

Strong Points: Period accurate setting; witty dialogue
Weak Points: Minimalist soundtracks, more music would have been nice
Moral Warnings: Depictions of murder (a non-explicit drowning and an offscreen shooting occur); mild display of a corpse's nosebleed; some minor curse words; frequent discussions of the occult and supernatural; some dishonest and unethical decisions are made available to the player

Graphically, it's a western visual novel with a sharp yet colorful style that has a European flair that fits the setting well. The aesthetic is a cartoony 1930s appearance reminiscent of late 90's adventure games. The game UI is that of a visual novel, though some scenes feel like an animated picture book when doing flashbacks and cut-scenes.

Sound is minimal, but there are some nice detective-style soundtracks to fit the film noir mood. Sound effects are nothing special but none are grating on the ear either. Control is via mouse and keyboard, and anyone who has played a visual novel before should find they have no trouble jumping right into this game.

Stability is generally excellent. Curiously, the taskbar icon may not show up when the game starts, but this annoyance aside, I encountered no particular issues. There is a report of problems with changing resolutions on PCGamingWiki. If this bug is encountered, check there for the solution.

Morally, we've got some issues regarding the themes.

This is a murder mystery, complete with accounts of people being drowned and we even get to see a dead body in a bathtub at one point. None of this is overly explicit but it's obvious what happened. Aside from the dead body having a slight nosebleed (due to an apparent facial injury), there is no depiction of blood and gore. There is a scene where the player is forced to use their gun on someone, and while they are deputized by an agency with some ties to world governments at some level to do so at their discretion, it could also be regarded as an assassination. Morally, the plot is a bit vague on this, but the party killed was a murderer who nigh certainly could not be handled any other way and an argument for self-defense could also be made by the same reasoning.

Misadventures of Laura Silver: Chapter I
Score Breakdown:
Higher is better
(10/10 is perfect)

Game Score - 78%
Gameplay - 16/20
Graphics - 8/10
Sound - 7/10
Stability - 4/5
Controls - 4/5

Morality Score - 57%
Violence - 3/10
Language - 8/10
Sexual Content - 10/10
Occult/Supernatural - 1/10
Cultural/Moral/Ethical - 6.5/10

Language is generally mild, maybe a mild curse word or two (d*mn/h*ll), but not much more. The game is available in English and Turkish, and I can only speak for the English version of this. Sexual content is practically nonexistent, no crude innuendo is present and all characters depicted have sensible outfits appropriate to the historical period setting.

The occult and supernatural are a huge part of the plot, as this is an "all myths are true" world where all manner of supernatural things exist and your character works for the supernatural investigations wing of their detective agency. References to various Slavic myths and other fantasy creatures are common, and depictions of necromancy (via storing souls in artificial bodies to circumvent their natural deaths) are present.

Ethically speaking, the plot will require a few morally questionable activities to proceed, though most are optional, and you are encouraged to cooperate with the proper authorities to proceed when need be. There are multiple endings; the bad ones are obtained by picking the more ethically questionable choices, and the best one is still morally gray but far less so than most of the alternatives.

Overall, this being what promises to be a multi-part game, it was a decently entertaining murder mystery plot that killed a few hours. Morally, if the themes don't trouble you, it's worth looking into if you are a mature adult who can handle the subject matter. Overall, it's decent enough entertainment that is reasonably priced and runs well.

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Daniel Cullen

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