Guard Duty – Humour Through Time

I’ll be 100% honest with you all, I intended for this to be just like any of my other victim- I mean reviews. Lure them to a dark alley, knock them out, and when they awake they find themselves in the sights of my deadly sarcasm lasers. But it is quite hard to take the piss out of something that is actively taking the piss out of itself. I will still try to fire my sarcasm on this review but the reflective surface of “comedy game” that this game has all over it will prove interesting to say the least.

‘Guard duty’ is a game in which all control is given to the mouse for you to “point” at all the things to do and “click” on them for the actions to take place, and someone should really come up with a genre name for these types of games so for now I’ll just call them “monkey island clones”. However, unlike the monkey island games “Guard duty” is set in a world of “fantasy” and by “fantasy” I mean the same piece of “fantasy” that all games that call themselves “fantasy” come back to with elves, dwarves, magic, dragons and all the other things that ‘lord of the rings’ and ‘dungeons and dragons’ has in it, and just writing that sentence made the word “fantasy” lose all meaning to me. Although it is not all just basic fantasy and I will not spoil what I mean by that you’ll just have to find ou…alright there’s some futuristic sci-fi stuff in here too.

And now I’m at a loss, because this game is that funny to me I can’t make fun of it. The humor is right up my alley and genuinely made me almost fall out of my chair. The puzzles have neat, little comedic ways to solve them, so I can’t say how they don’t make sense because they don’t need to make sense, it’s a point and click game for goodness sake, I mean “a monkey island clone.” The art style is a nice throwback to the games that inspired it and the way it all merges together just puts a smile on my face.

Rare Never Before Seen Footage of Lachlan Smiling?!

There really isn’t that much more to say, this game is one of those games that is hard to explain, and you need to play in order to get the full enjoyment out of. It’s like If someone was plastered drunk explaining the entirety of the ‘Star Wars’ plot. Just from them telling you about it makes it harder to get the full picture, but actually experiencing it for yourself is what makes it 10 times better.

“A game that I will recommend to most people that don’t even play games”

+ Funnier that a man with two live lobsters down his pants attempting to tango.

+ A good use of “monkey island clone” game logic (as in having little to no sensible logic at all).

– Has spiders (haven’t made it to that point at the time of writing this but there is an achievement to “deal with the spider” so I assume there’s at least one.)

– Pixel art games can hurt my eyes at times but that’s no fault of the game, just my stupid eyes.

Score: 8.9/10

~ Lachlan Lamey

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