Ozzie and the Quantum Playwright

Genre(s): Adventure/Point and Click

3rd Party Rating: None found.

Price: Free

Link(s): http://www.acid-play.com/download/ozzie-and-quantum-playwright

Description:

Ozzie and the Quantum Playwright is a FREE point and click adventure game in the older animated style graphic adventure. It is an extremely short amateur adventure game. The game’s plot is quite interesting however. Thanks to a huge drop in ranking of your university, the dean has decided to shut down the theater department to build a library for accounting majors in its place. Since your girlfriend in the game is a theater major, you (named Ozzie in the game) have to do something to stop it to prevent her from transferring to another school. And what better way to convince the dean of the merits of theater than to use the time machine to bring back the world’s greatest playwright of all: William Shakespeare.

The game’s strong point is definitely the graphics and sounds. Every scene is detailed and very, very well-drawn. On the other hand, character graphics could use some work. Ozzie and other characters look like 2D paper dolls, and very “squished” when they walk toward edges of the screen, and they don’t ‘shrink’ or ‘grow’ consistently enough to maintain the illusion of depth. The game uses an elegant point-and-click interface similar to Full Throttle: right-clicking on any object or person on the screen brings up a small action menu where you can USE, LOOK, or TALK to the target. Your inventory is easily accessed by moving the mouse to the top of the screen (as an aside, the game was coded using AGAST adventure game creation program, which emulates LucasArts’ engine quite closely).

Too bad all the care that went into creating the graphics wasn’t reflected in the most important element: gameplay. Puzzles in Ozzie and the Quantum Playwright are extremely easy, even though some are extremely far-fetched. A complete walkthru can be found here. To stop the construction behind your dorm, for instance, requires you to convince the foreman that a paper origami crane you made is an “endangered species” of bird whose existence is being threatened by this construction (no, I’m not making this up). The game is simply over far too soon. It took me about an hour to finish this game, and considerable time during that was spent watching Ozzie follow a convoluted path on the map.

As it stands, Ozzie and the Quantum Playwright is an above-average game for its time – for as long as it lasts.

Publisher: Dean Sullivan

Developer: Dean Sullivan

Release Date: 2002

Players: Single Player

ERSB: N/A

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