[PS4] Cyanide & Happiness - Freakpocalypse Episode 1 Review
Cyanide & Happiness – Freakpocalypse (Episode 1) from Explosm Games, Skeleton Crew Studios, and Serenity Forge is a point-and-click adventure in the popular web comic universe. Check out our Cyanide & Happiness – Freakpocalypse (Episode 1) review!
Cyanide & Happiness – Freakpocalypse (Episode 1) is a throwback to classic point-and-click adventure games combined with the casually dark humor Cyanide & Happiness is known for. Play as Coop, an unpopular kid just trying to make it through the day, navigating the dangers of high school, popular people and the coming apocalypse brought on by the world around him. With any luck, you’ll make it to prom!
After a very successful Kickstarter campaign that rallied nearly 15k backers that pledged more than $500,000 in funding, Cyanide & Happiness – Freakpocalypse has been released on consoles. As the game begins, people familiar with the show will recognize the Youtube mini-series introductory sequence. Do take note that this game is the first of a trilogy (called the Trilogy of Tragedy), so Freakpocalypse will be expanded as new episodes are released.
Before beginning this review, I have to state that I’m a huge fan of Cyanide and Happiness, and I’ve been reading their comic daily for at least ten years. They are comics often discussing mature content, which is why this particular adventure game is Rated M for Mature. As the game begins, you’ll see Dr. Dropout, who wants to make everyone stupid using a substance called Stoopid Goop. Luckily, Psionic Psteve is here to save the day! As the prologue ends, you’ll realize that the main character Coop is a high schooler.
Coop is being bullied by everyone at school. His classmates, his teacher, and even the school director – especially the school’s director – don’t hold him with high regard. Your main goal will be to survive school, solve the mysteries you’ll find, and maybe even save the world! The gameplay is mostly of the point and click variety. This means that you’ll be using a cursor to move your character around the screen and interact with objects and other characters as needed. Along with the pointer, you can also use the shoulder buttons to the touchpad to open the inventory.
As for the puzzles themselves, I thought that some of them were quite hard to figure out, as you try to find out what you need to do next. There’s an in-game hint system that will give you general pointers as to what your next objective is, but you won’t get direct information about how to complete things. Some of them required a lot of trial and error to complete, so do keep this in mind if you’re new to point and click adventure games.
Being a fan of the Cyanide and Happiness comics and the shorts on YouTube, this game really fits in the universe. The characters for this game are what you’d expect after experiencing the different short series, and the voice actors are those from the Youtube show, which helps to keep you connected to that universe.
As for the presentation, the game looks great, and the PlayStation 4 build runs at 60 frames per second. However, the background music is quite repetitive, and you’ll hear the same theme on a loop. The game includes many FMV cutscenes that look the same as the YouTube shorts. On my 55 inch TV, I did notice that the video encoding felt a bit compressed, which I could notice around the characters.
There are many trophies in Cyanide & Happiness – Freakpocalypse (Episode 1) with a long list that features 55 trophies: 48 Bronze, 5 Silver, and 2 Gold trophies. A bunch of them are awarded by progressing through the story, some will pop after completing some side-quests, and the rest will unlock for completing random objectives, such as learning about 10 different ice cream flavors from Dr. Scoops or standing in one location without moving for 30 minutes. A few of them are missable, so keep that in mind if you’re aiming at adding another Platinum for your collection.
I’m a huge fan of Cyanide and Happiness, so I was really looking forward to checking out this new release. This is a fun game to play even if you’re not a big fan of point and click adventures, thanks to the great humor, the game looking just like the source material, and all of the easter eggs for this huge universe. It’s Rated M for Mature, so it’s definitely not a game that will be for everyone. Cyanide & Happiness – Freakpocalypse (Episode 1) is out on PlayStation 4 with a $19.99 price.
This Cyanide & Happiness – Freakpocalypse (Episode 1) review is based on a PlayStation copy provided by Serenity Forge.