You chain smoke beneath the streetlamps of 1960's Paris. You, a silhouette that's part Limbo, part Dagwood Bumstead, all private investigator, and hot on the tail feathers of the Raven, a one-man international crime wave that's rustled up a bit of fame to go along with his jewel lust.
There are easy-to-digest detective tropes at work here as you fill the gumshoes of French investigator Nicolas Legrand. But what's interesting is that the trailer--or more appropriately, the teaser--is a fully written and illustrated piece of interactive fiction. In fact, the teaser is a prequel to the full three-episode game, The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief
The final release will be a 3-D point-and-click adventure game
(and in color), but this monochromatic 2-D teaser that you can play in your browser
is much more interesting.
The most puzzling aspect, however, is that when I play through the teaser, I hit an invisible wall in the museum. I can't get any further, though it's certainly not the developer's intended stopping point. Let me know if you get any further. And video game developers, grab a piece of paper and jot this down: The Raven
's teaser is infinitely cooler than your half-baked marketing plan. I can't even complete this snippet of interactive fiction and I still love it with all my heart more than your countdown clock to another countdown clock
Season Pass Pre-Ordering Now Available
LONDON, UK, June 3rd 2013 – To celebrate the start of the season pass pre-ordering, Nordic Games today provided players with an interactive graphic novel – a free, literary prequel to The Raven - Legacy of a Master Thief.
- To begin the story simply click here for the browser version: http://www.raven-game.com/ign-en/
- Get the Android App on Google™ play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.nordicgames.ravenpromo.ensd
- or the iOS App on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/app/the-raven-prologue/id652868287
"The Raven – Interactive Graphic Novel" serves as the perfect introduction to the Raven’s world and sheds light on the Raven’s back-story and his ongoing battle of wits with France’s top detective Nicolas Legrand. The story will immerse players in Parisian decadence, lies, deceit and the chase to find the Raven by following the French investigator Legrand; a man closer than anyone to tracking down the Raven, the elusive master criminal, wanted by police forces across the globe.
Available for free on Google Play, iTunes and as a browser based game, it features 1960s stylised graphics inspired by “Catch Me if You Can“, to create an interactive literary adventure.
"An Interactive Graphic Novel is the ideal way to introduce players to the main game in a way that is leisurely yet exciting so players can get a taste of what is to come from The Raven – Legacy of a Master Thief," said Peter Hercher, Product Marketing Manager at Nordic Games. "It’s a free gift from us at Nordic Games , that not only keeps players in suspense of what is to come in The Raven but also provides a deeper understanding of who the Raven is, what motivates him and will help