Mutropolis
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Graphics 9
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Join Henry Dijon in an archaeological adventure to save his kidnapped professor from the clutches of an ancient Egyptian god. Mutropolis is set in the year 5000 where Earth has become a wild and inhospitable place, so Henry will need his wits about him to succeed in his quest. Fortunately, Henry has a team of very capable colleagues assisting him on his rescue mission. Mutropolis requires some patience and out-of-the-box thinking, but it is a very impressive debut that deserves to be played by fans of the genre.

Gameplay: Some of the puzzles are tricky but very rewarding to solve.

Graphics: The hand-drawn visuals are beautiful and charming.

Sounds: Great voice acting and a nice chill soundtrack

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Mutropolis

Developer: Pirita Studio | Publisher: Application Systems Heidelberg | Release Date: 2021 | Genre: Casual / Adventure / Indie | Website: Official Website | Purchase: Steam

Mutropolis, the debut title from Pirita Studio, is a point & click adventure set in the year 5000. It is a future where planet Earth was abandoned in favor of Mars and most of humanity’s greatest achievements have been forgotten. Players step into the archaeological boots of Henry Dijon, who is currently on an expedition on Earth. His mentor, Totel, is convinced that the legendary city of Mutropolis is real, but Henry and the rest of the team are a little more skeptical. However, their excitement over finally finding some evidence of Mutropolis is short-lived as Totel is kidnapped. It also becomes clear that the police have little interest in solving the case, which prompts Henry and his team to mount a rescue themselves.

As far as debut titles go, especially ones created by a team of only two people, Mutropolis is certainly a very impressive effort. Not only is the story, which mixes science fiction with archaeology, very humorous, but the game is filled with memorable characters and locations. Over the course of three chapters, players get to explore more than 50 hand-drawn scenes while solving more than a few head-scratching puzzles. We like to consider ourselves point & click adventure veterans after completing pretty much everything released in the heyday of the genre, but Mutropolis had us stumped on a few occasions. This is mostly due to the fact that the game does not hold your hand, which means you really need to pay attention to your surroundings as well as what is being said in conversations. Mutropolis is also not shy to throw a few red herrings in your path either, so we wasted quite a bit of time trying to acquire items we thought that we needed only to find much easier to obtain alternatives. Whether you find this humorous or frustrating will depend on how much patience you have, though.

Visually, Mutropolis looks really good and the hand-drawn art grabs the attention. We quite like the lanky character designs too and it was entertaining to try and find all the homages and Easter eggs scattered throughout the scenes. The animations are decent too and in terms of presentation, Mutropolis looks a lot better than a lot of games by much larger teams.

Pirita Studio opted for a very clean interface, so there is nothing onscreen to distract from the visuals. Instead, hovering the mouse cursor over something of interest will display its name if it can be interacted with. Players can then left-click on the item, which Henry will then pick up if he can or describe. It will feel a little weird at first for players who are used to right-clicking on items to get a description but works well overall. Once items are inside Henry’s inventory, players can drag them over an “eye” icon to get a description.

It is a little annoying that Mutropolis does not have a hot-key to highlight hotspots because this means that some pixel hunting is required at times. Old school players will be used to this style of playing, but newcomers who are used to some of the more forgiving recent point & click adventures will be less amused. The puzzles are logical for the most part, but as is par for the genre, there are a few situations where some out-of-the-box thinking is required to make progress. In total, it took us about 14 hours to complete Mutropolis, but we were stuck a few times because we didn’t spot something vital in a scene or were chasing those damn red herrings. The game is fairly linear, so even with a lot of locations opened up to players, it is possible to get stuck on a puzzle that will bring the story to a grinding halt. This means that there isn’t a lot of replay value once the game is completed, although Mutropolis does have a couple of optional Steam achievements for completionists to figure out.

Surprisingly for a game by such a small team, Mutropolis features full voice acting for the entire cast of characters. Even better, the voice acting is really good and definitely elevates the whole experience. The way in which some lines are delivered, especially by Henry and Issis, also adds to some of the humor. The soundtrack is quite chill, but very fitting and the game has plenty of sound effects that add some life to the various scenes.

Overall, Mutropolis is a great point & click adventure with a decent challenge for both newcomers and veterans of the genre. The puzzles can be tricky, but it is impossible to die or do anything wrong, so players are free to try anything. The story definitely takes a few unexpected turns, especially when the gods of ancient Egypt become involved and the humor kept us entertained throughout. Like most point & click adventures it’s not a game for the easily frustrated, but players who are not afraid to put their problem-solving skills to good use will have a blast. With Mutropolis Pirita Studio has created an interesting game world with a charming cast that we would love to see in future titles.

System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • Processor: 2 GHz Dual Core CPU
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 1024MB VRAM
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Storage: 4 GB available space
  • Sound Card: compatible sound card with latest drivers
  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • Processor: 2.6 GHz Dual Core CPU
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 1024MB VRAM
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Storage: 4 GB available space
  • Sound Card: compatible sound card with latest drivers
  • OS: Mac OSX 10.11
  • Processor: Intel 2 GHz Dual Core CPU
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 1024MB VRAM
  • Storage: 4 GB available space
  • OS: Mac OSX 10.11
  • Processor: Intel 2.7 GHz Dual Core CPU
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 1024MB VRAM
  • Storage: 4 GB available space
  • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 (64 Bit only)
  • Processor: 2 GHz Dual Core CPU
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 1024MB VRAM
  • Storage: 4 GB available space
  • OS: Ubuntu 20.04 (64 Bit only)
  • Processor: 2.6 GHz Dual Core CPU
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 1024MB VRAM
  • Storage: 4 GB available space

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