The Night of the Rabbit

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The Night of the Rabbit on Steam

MSRP: $19.99

Platforms: Windows, Mac

Release: 5/28/13


I’ve managed to acquire quite a few Daedalic adventure games in bundles over the years, and most aren’t anything I every would have sought out.  As someone who really enjoys a good adventure game, I’m not sure what it is about them that just doesn’t grab me, but Night of the Rabbit is pretty consistently well-reviewed, so I though that would be a good place to start.

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Let’s start with the obvious: it’s freaking gorgeous. And it sounds good, both the music and the voices.  This is a game that at least starts out doing everything right.  There’s a weird bit before you actually get into the story, and then it just feels right.  You’re playing as Jerry Hazelnut, a boy on summer vacation whose greatest desire to become a magician.  There’s a unique tutorial portion which involves a radio show that helps you get through the controls, and then you’re off to pick blackberries.

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This is where the game started to lose me.  I interacted with everything that the game would let me and I still got stuck right away – I walked back and forth between three screens for a good fifteen minutes or so before going off to look for a walk through.  Sadly, what The Night of the Rabbit doesn’t do quite so well is telegraph when there’s more scene to be found by clicking towards the edges of the screen; the scene you enter upon leaving Jerry’s front yard is wider than it appears.

Shortly thereafter, Jerry receives a letter with some seriously convoluted instructions.  I made sure to check the journal because I knew there was no way I was going to remember everything that I was just told to do, and although the journal references the letter, it doesn’t give the amount of detail needed to actually proceed.  Sure, I could have muddled through it or kept using the guide, but I just wasn’t feeling it anymore.  There’s a reason I never pushed through the Myst games.  I like a good puzzle, but I just wasn’t feeling it.

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Even given my short play time, there was a lot I liked about The Night of the Rabbit, and I’ll likely go back to it in the future, but I’m going to make sure I have a pen & paper by my side when I do. It’s supposed to be approximately 10 – 12 hours for completion, and although I feel like that’s a little short to justify the price, it’s clear the production values were excellent, and it’s certainly forgivable if the story is as captivating as reviewers have made it sound.

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