Artifex Mundi embarks on another Point-and-Click adventure project after the incredible success of My Brother Rabbit. Despite the genre comparison, Irony Curtain: From Matryoshka with Love is a totally unique game on its own. Follow Evan, a wide-eyed journalist from America who finds himself in the middle of two political rivalries in the totalitarian nation of Matryoshka. Can Evan navigate this complex web of governmental espionage in an unfamiliar territory?
On the surface, Irony Curtain: From Matryoshka with Love might not particularly stand out from the crowd of other Point-and-Click adventure games out there. The developer explicitly cited the classic, beloved games of LucasArts as the main source of inspiration for this new adventure, but that does not mean that Irony Curtain’s gameplay is a total derivative of the past. Casual adventure fans will surely appreciate the challenge that the game has to offer. Utilizing a story-driven gameplay, Irony Curtain successfully creates an intriguing and extremely entertaining experience that requires the player to gear up their brainpower to progress forward.
While the main Point-and-Click mechanics are not innovative by any means, the creativity that is showcased via various cryptic clues and imaginative tasks is definitely astounding. Moreover, the puzzles, which range from standard to unexpectedly difficult, are also quite fun. However, the ones toward the latter end can sometimes end of the difficulty spectrum up being more frustrating than challenging as repeated attempts are often needed.
Another aspect of Irony Curtain: From Matryoshka with Love that is done incredibly well is the controls. Through smart and intuitive controls, Artifex Mundi is able to elevate the game through these interactive elements. With just a mouse and a space bar, you can make the character look, collect inventory items, inspect these inventory items, run, and the most useful of all – show all the hotspots in the scene. Since the game does not come with a “Hint button”, these control keys become extra helpful.
With all that being said, the thing that puts Irony Curtain: From Matryoshka with Love head and shoulders above its peers is its concept. Irony Curtain is an impeccably written satire of Europe’s political history that is filled with clever subtle humor as well as laugh-out-loud jokes. Regardless of your demographics or background, Irony Curtain is accessible to all thanks to its charming characters and witty, genuinely engaging dialogues. Yes, Irony Curtain has some absurd moments – but it totally owns its absurdity and what more could I ask for?
Besides, Irony Curtain’s fascinating concept is also brought to life by an equally-interesting visuals. The game’s hand-drawn art style and subdued colors paint the game with nostalgia and the feeling of a familiar, classic game. I also particularly enjoy the creative scene designs and the distinctive voice-acting – just some of the few things that Irony Curtain does amazingly well, production wise