The Raven: Legacy Of A Master Thief review

The Raven

An intimate tale on an international canvas, The Raven puts you in the shoes of underdog policeman Anton Jakob Zellner as he gets tangled up in a web of thieves, gangsters and misguided, distrustful bystanders. If those ingredients sound familiar, it’s because Nordic developer King Art is overtly – and passionately – riffing on Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot tales of murder and mystery (right down to Zellner’s waxed moustache and an indirect cameo by the author herself onboard – where else? – the Orient Express).

Christie’s influence permeates every element of the game, from the family-friendly tone to the period setting, but King Art injects its own personality into the production with a meticulous approach to mise en scene and cinematic framing that makes scouring each environment for clues a pleasure.

While the logic-based puzzles are never too perplexing, they can require a little too much back-and-forth travel between adjacent rooms, occasionally wearing out the good impression made by each gorgeously rendered setting. A hint system helps alleviate the eye-strain, however, with the tap of a button using up a portion of your currency to highlight areas of on-screen interest (currency is awarded a little too generously for each successfully solved puzzle).

This first episode of three is a solid foundation for King Art to build on and proof that the team is up to the challenge of bringing Christie’s oeuvre of intrigue, interpersonal conflict, and superior facial hair – in everything but name – to life.

The Raven: Legacy Of A Master Thief is out now on Steam.