The Wardrobe is a colorful and funny point and click adventure game that pays homage to the classics of the genre. Learn more about it in our The Wardrobe review!
The game is about death and guilt. Two boys who were the best of friends decide to go for a picnic. Ronald had to watch how Skinny, his friend, died after eating a purple plum, which caused an allergic reaction. Ronald, understandably upset, runs off crying. A short scene plays out with Skinny rising from the dead as a skeleton living in Ronald’s wardrobe, which happens to look like a coffin! Skinny is very worried as Ronald has never spoken since witnessing his death, and it turns out that Ronald has committed a sin and has to confess to his crimes within five years. What is the problem then? Well, the problem is that those five years are almost up!
Gameplay is pretty standard for a point and click release, since you can click on objects and a set of choices appear, such as look, pick up, combine and chat. Any items you pick up are automatically placed in Skinny’s ribcage which acts as the game’s inventory. Some items can be picked up more than once. Some objects you can only look at, with Skinny giving his thoughts on said object. He can have conversations with items too, and some actually talk to him! As you can imagine, these interactions can end up being very funny, but they can also give you useful hints if you are stuck in a puzzle, so try and talk to everything before you move on.
Most of the game’s puzzles are based on having the right item for the job, so you might be left scratching your head for a bit every now and then, wandering from room to room until something clicks, but that’s the fun of a point and click game: you explore, you learn new information, you find new items and combine all of this to find the solution to the conundrum at hand. The best advice I can give you is that you click on everything and talk to everything!
The number of locations Skinny will visit in search of Ronald is quite extensive and varied, and I was impressed with the amount of detail in each location. At first, I had thought with Skinny being the way he is, the story and the puzzles would revolve around Ronald’s house, but after completing the game, I can tell you that is not the case. There is a lot to see and several locations to explores, so the game certainly never got boring.
The Wardrobe is a hilarious game, and so far it’s the best point and click game I have played this year. The game just oozes charm from start to finish, and I couldn’t put it down until I had beaten it. And when I was done, I was certainly ready for more, so here’s hoping we get a sequel!
This The Wardrobe review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by MixedBag Games.