Game: Intruder in Antiquonia
Genre: Adventure, Point-and-Click
System: Steam (Windows, macOS & Linux)
Developers | Publishers: Aruma Studios
Age Rating: Unrated
Price: £ 9.89 | $ 11.69 | € 10.79
Release Date: July 8th, 2022
Review code used, with many thanks to Aruma Studios.
While amnesia stories are a dime a dozen, Intruder in Antiquonia offers an interesting premise: Sarah wakes up in Antiquonia, a small town that hates the Internet. She doesn’t know how she got there, or even who she is. How will she find the answers?
Pros and Cons
What Antiquonia does a great job with is focusing on the theme of technology, both in its story and puzzles. It also has an enjoyable soundtrack that creates an ambience of mystery.
For such a short game, Antiquonia generously provides quality-of-life features like fast travel, object highlight, and autosave (though you can also manual save). I do wish, though, that Sarah walked faster and that I could advance dialogue with mouse clicks, not just the keyboard. But I was pleased not to encounter any bugs. It’s been a while since I played a game without encountering one!
This point-and-click adventure is one you can complete in under 2 hours. But while I appreciate its brevity and fast pace, Intruder in Antiquonia felt under-developed, especially in terms of story.
It has a great concept but feels barebones and ends abruptly. The post-credits scene also left me scratching my head. The main plot felt rushed towards the end, and I wish the dialogue or its translation had been more interesting, more polished. In particular, there’s an overly long cutscene where you watch people send messages to each other. Their banter could have been trimmed a great deal and the time better spent on developing more important conversations.
While individual puzzles were good, the overall game felt a little too linear. You have only one task to tackle at a time. There are few objects to interact with, both in rooms and in your inventory. This makes the game a bit too easy, though easy isn’t bad if you want to focus on the story.
Parental note: There’s a teeny bit of violence (blood but no gore), and I recall one use of profanity (in a nickname) but nothing to sweat about for teens and, possibly, older children.
Overall, Intruder in Antiquonia is a pleasant game that works, but it could have offered so much more in the story/dialogue department. For that reason, it’s hard to recommend Antiquonia over other games in the point-and-click adventure genre.
Final Verdict: I’m Not Sure