Last month, just as things were about to wind down for the festive season, Crows Crows Crows, a studio led by William Pugh (co-creator of The Stanley Parable) released a brand new heist game to Steam. I’d had my eye on Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger And The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist ever since it was announced back in October, and I couldn’t wait to try it out, simply because I had no idea what the hell the game was actually about. Was it a murder mystery? An adventure? I needed to find out…
I downloaded Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger And The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist upon release, and intended to play as soon as I finished writing that announcement article last month, but… I didn’t. No, I only got around to playing it just earlier this week! It took me less than 20 minutes to finish, and was well worth the time. Why though?
For starters, the atmosphere was spot on. As soon as I got to the mansion, the heavens opened, accompanied by wild thunder and bright lightning. It was flipping gorgeous! I stood there for a good two minutes just taking it all in.
This title isn’t just about looks however. The gameplay itself is simply phenomenal. Getting past the guards was an absolute treat and challenge, as was having to navigate the random laser field. And that grappling hook? Man oh man… don’t even get me started on how epic that device is, though I do feel it could be tweaked somewhat.
Then there’s the tiger. I tell you, the moment I heard that growl, and saw the beautiful beast chasing me down, I was both in a state of panic and awe. I couldn’t move! Kudos to whoever thought up with that idea – it was damn phenomenal.
The pencil idea on the other hand was… not smart. At least the developers went over and above with the pretzel update. Thanks Tommy!
So yeah, that’s Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger And The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist in a nutshell. All of the above is completely true and heartfelt on my part, thanks in large part to my imagination, which saw a spike of stimulation after having experienced the game. I’ve never quite played anything like it.
Should you take the time to try it yourself? If you like free, short, narrative-driven, imaginative games, and enjoyed the likes of The Stanley Parable, then yes, absolutely! Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to complete some of the achievements. I’ve yet to figure out how to steal that orange from the orangery…
Last Updated: January 6, 2016