To The Big Smoke: Loondon

By Jim Rossignol on November 29th, 2010 at 8:24 am.


Good morning, internet. Did you have a good weekend? It’s cold here. I’m warming up with some tea and a dreamy little adventure game over on Kongregate. It’s called Loondon, and it be a point-n’-click that tells the tale of a wandering hunchback. It’s rather beautiful. Why not take a look?

Thanks, Jack.

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  1. nullpointer says:

    Aw Jim, the spam bots love your journalistic style!

  2. Javier Kohen says:

    It’s a nice story with an attractive presentation, but I wouldn’t call it a game. It holds your hand constantly pointing you to the place where you have to click. There’s really no challenge and there’s nothing at stake, because you as a player can only make one single choice: to go along with the adventure or to close the page.

    • bill says:

      I vote that we officially change the “video game” name now. It’s totally inaccurate these days. Many video games aren’t really games, but it doesn’t make them any less video games imho.

      If we could get rid of the “games” part then we might dump the “for kids” image, get some more serious recognition and content, and stop getting attacked by the daily mail.

      And the “video” part doesn’t make much sense either really.

  3. Alabaster Crippens says:

    It’s very pretty and suitably melancholy for a monday morning. But it barely qualifies as a game surely. One ridiculously simple puzzle. And then click on the white floating buttons in the only order it allows you to?
    Tells a sad story prettily, but…well…not much of a game.

  4. Maykael says:

    Good morning to you too, John!

  5. MrEvilGuy says:

    I’m just heading to bed over here in Canada!
    Goodnight!

  6. Land says:

    Damn you Loondon! Damn you!

  7. Sinomatic says:

    Well that was cheery.

    As said, not really a game, but pretty nonetheless.

  8. Skusey says:

    I’d quite like to see something in that style, but longer and puzzlier. I’d play that.

    • UW says:

      Something like Machinarium, possibly. If you haven’t played that.

  9. Player1 says:

    I hate to say this and sound like a smartass, but Londoon has been out for about a decade… well not quite, but a year i think…

    • Navagon says:

      Somewhere between a year and a decade?

      Have you ever thought about becoming an historian?

    • stahlwerk says:

      Good thing this post is not about Londoon, then. ;-)

  10. Navagon says:

    Gotta love the art style. Somewhat reminiscent of Machinarium. Especially on entering Loondon. But it came into its own later on. I’d love to see more by flipntale in the same style. A larger, more complex game would certainly be saleable.

  11. The Tupper says:

    That’s just lovely…I reckon my wife will adore it.

  12. Ghost of Grey Cap says:

    Really lovely, but a shame about the poetry. (Sorry, writer of Loondon.)

    • Navagon says:

      Yeah, a couple of bits were a bit… not so good.

    • disperse says:

      I wish they left the text out altogether. It worked better as a picture book than a story. Also, I would have preferred the story to be a bit more mysterious.