Demetrios is a fun, strange, off beat little game that follows the exciting, mundane and often awkward adventures of Bjorn Thonen - antiques dealer. After a night of way too much alcohol you come home to try and just sleep it off, but you are awoken in the middle of the night by a strange phone call. You are warned of impending danger, but shrug it off as a practical joke and go back to sleep. Soon, there is a loud noise in your apartment that startles you out of your slumber. Being still mostly drunk, you decide the best course of action is to investigate - which ends about as well as you might expect.
What follows is a wild ride to discover the secrets surrounding your recent purchase of a bird statue. Soon you are playing private eye, trying to date your cute neighbor Sandra, running for your life, run your business, and jetting off to exotic locales. All while trying to find hidden cookies. The developer must have a serious thing for baked treats, and a devilish sense of humor - because there are 3 cookies hidden in each scene, for a total of 114 in the game.
Gameplay is very simple - explore each scene for items and information needed to advance the story and move to the next scene. Some puzzles will require that you travel between a few locations to get all the parts. One of the great things of this game is that you can zoom in and explore almost every detail of each scene. This means that you can see the time spent on each scene. On the flip slip it also means you can spend hours looking for details that have zero bearing on the story, except for the cookies. The cookies can be eaten for hints to either help you when you are struggling with puzzles or the story.
The graphics are obviously that of a small studio, but that only adds to the charm of the title. The fact that they hid 3 cookies, very well, on each location shows their attention to detail. Books on shelves have snarky titles, and more. The dialogue is smart, funny, and hits the mark almost every time. When you start the game you can pick how much toilet humor you want, so you can go from downright raunchy to family friendly depending on who is playing.
The game offers an interesting story, little penalty for dying (and some good laughs when you do ), and some interesting puzzles. There is a good balance between puzzle and story and you will rarely find yourself scratching your head trying to figure out what your next move is. You can pick up the game and play for 10 minutes, or play through the campaign in one sitting. But rushing through this title would be a mistake as there are so many hidden gems throughout the cracks and corner to discover.
Demetrios - The Big Cynical Adventure is out not on XB1, PS4, Steam, and Vita. You can add it to your collection for around $10. This is one of those titles that even non-casual gamers should check out for the blend of offbeat comedy, adventure, puzzles, and the vast array of death options.