Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist is an exploration game developed by Crows Crows Crows. The game was released in December 2015 for free on Steam.
Gameplay in Dr. Langeskov is simple. You are in a first person perspective, and you have limited interaction with the game world. There are a number of items in the game that you can pick up for extra bits of narrative on which are worth a read if you are so inclined. Normally I am very negative about these types of games such as Gone Home, but this game felt different. The narration is done perfectly, by none other than Simon Amstel with clever wit and charm shining through.
The graphics in the game are very clean and well presented, with some very nicely done animations on the few objects that do move too. The plot is quite strange too, without spoiling it; this is a game that is set inside another game, an aspect this is portrayed very well. There is no difficulty at all, as long as you follow the narrators instructions you won’t get lost or stuck. On top of the story, there are a few little Easter eggs that you can find which relate to the game’s achievements, so it’s well worth spending a bit of time to explore your surroundings in game.
The title is only about twenty minutes long, and I was happy with the length. It’s a short story which has quite a bit of comical value, and some of the best narration I’ve heard in a game for a long while. If you do all of the achievements in one run through, there are no reason to play more than once, since the ending is the same regardless of your actions.
I didn’t have any technical problems, the game runs in the Unity engine so is very well optimized, with the options to play in tons of different resolutions and controller support too. There are limited graphical options, but the game should run fairly well on any machine given how well it is optimized.
To sum up, Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist is well worth twenty minutes of your time to play through, it’s free so you may as well try it out. I am looking forward to seeing what Crows Crows Crows come up with next!