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Legend Of The Crystal Valley Demo

There's a demo about of a very trad point and click adventure, The Legend of Crystal Valley, from Croatian developers, Cateia Games. A woman called Eve receives a letter from her estranged, eccentric father, asking her to come to their family estate in France. When she gets there, he's gone, and there seems to be a pathway to a place called the Crystal Valley.

It's traditional in every imaginable way. 2D backgrounds with 3D characters, a central character who hoovers up every object she encounters, and a mixture of real world and fantasy confusion. The demo features a few opportunities to Use X On Y, and one reasonable puzzle. Perhaps it's a rather damning indictment of the state of adventures that the most positive thing to say about what's demonstrated here is that it isn't awful. The writing's fine, the acting isn't hideous, and nothing particularly offensive appears. And frankly, that's as good as it seems to get in the genre.

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