Friday, April 11, 2014

Woodruff and the Schnibble of Azimuth

First Android game review!

Well... "Woodruff and the Schnibble of Azimuth" (or as in USA: "The Bizarre Adventures of Woodruff and the Schnibble") is not really an Android game, but an old point-and-click French adventure distributed in the USA in 1995 for PC by Sierra. ScummVM allows you to play some of the greatest games (mostly point-and-click) on different devices, as in my case now: Android Phone.

The background story is about an atomic war, which annihilates most humans, except those who decide to hide in the underground. Centuries pass, and as the humans venture back to the surface, they discover, that the world has become a jungle and that the place of the humans are replaced by peaceful mutants called Bouzouks.
But as expected, the humans haven't learned their lesson and started a war against the Bouzouks, killing most of them and enslaving the remaining ones.

In the present Professor Azimuth, a scientist, decides to help the Bouzouks and discovers the legend of the Schnibble, a mystical entity that seems to have the ability to cause peace, and tries to unleash it. BigWig, the presidents corrupt advisor, hears about Azimuths work and wants to stop him to prevent a revolution.
Azimuth manages to hide his adopted and very young half-Bouzouk son Woodruff and attach the Viblefrotzer, an invention to speed up the aging process, to him just before BigWig and his henchmen break into the house and kidnap the professor.

Because of the professors invention Woodruff ages physically 15 years and begins his quest to rescue Azimuth and unleash the power of the Schnibble.

The best things about this game are the hard riddles, unordinary graphics with funny animations and a very special humor. You control Woodruff by simple point-and-click mouse interactions with mostly item-based riddles.  I've played the german version many years ago, the dubbing was great. I nearly fell off my chair listening to Woodruff mocks and watching the amusing animation. (Which of them are sometimes creepy as well) And nowadays i feel almost the same with the nice exception of today getting nostalgic feelings.

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