Comedy in video games is hard to do but when its done right it can be memorable and serve the game well. ‘Supreme League of Patriots’ achieves its quirky, slap stick style of comedy (covering anything from pop culture, politics, video games and more) in the form of this over the top satire of the superhero origin story but feels dragged down by the sum of its parts. Supreme League of Patriots (created by No Bull Intentions, an independent game developer based out of South of England) is an Episodic Point and Click Adventure set around Kyle Kleever (a nerdy, unemployed actor) and his room mate Mel (a snarky, tech savvy, smart arse temp from Britain).
The game begins with Kyle determined to participate on the reality TV show, ‘America’s Got Superpowers’. When things don’t go according to plan he develops a superpowered, ignorant, misogynist, homophobic republican Alter-Ego known as the Purple Patriot. With Mel along for the ride and wise cracks, you help them as they get started in the superhero business.
The gameplay doesn’t differ too much from the old point-and-click Adventure game structure – you click on people who will tell you what you need to do (or just might have something funny to say) or you collect items of interest. You then rub them on other items until you get some funny dialogue and move on with the story. Most of the interactions are done with the ‘verb wheel’ which shows you what available options you have, like “take”, “speak” or “use” and then a picture of the relevant item when it’s appropriate. It works decently though it feels as though there is a tiny amount of lag with the game’s control input – though I suppose it doesn’t have
to be lightning fast.
Being an adventure game, Supreme League of Patriots sees players exploring several varied environments that wouldn’t look out of place in a Monkey Island game – they’re vibrant, colourful and cartoony. The characters have interesting designs and the voice work is entertaining, which is great because it helps to keep the story engaging and the jokes amusing. Speaking about the comedy, I haven’t played some of the old school adventure games of the 90’s like Maniac Mansion or Monkey Island but to have a game that has caricature traits and then have it pull some lewd, foul-mouthed jokes and skits is a bit striking – but very entertaining. Likewise, a thorough player who explores every available dialogue option will be rewarded by some of the game’s funniest jokes.
The game however, is not without its flaws, which will be even more apparent to gamers familiar with adventure games. Unfortunately, Supreme League of Patriots falls into the same trap a lot of classic adventure games do – where the the solution to a problem might not be the most obvious or logical action, but a rather obscure one that the developer (No Bull) bizarrely came to. This creates a frustrating experience for the player, and though the game utilises a hint system (through our companion Mel), there were plenty of times where I could not progress in the game without clicking on Mel first. While I enjoyed the back-and-forth between The Purple Patriot and Mel, it simply felt like padding or that the game was restricting my progress just so I would click on Mel and listen to more of the game’s comedic dialogue.
Other annoyances with the game include a lack of auto-saving (that was really annoying), alt-tab causing the game to crash, and you can’t cancel an order after you make it, meaning that Kyle has to complete his action before you complete another. You also can’t skip conversations altogether and have to click through each text bubble. Also, the characters move along a little sluggishly and the story is overly-reliant on slapstick humour, especially early on. It might sound like I’m nit-picking but they do make the game experience a drag – especially as these are all problem’s with the game’s foundation, and not just minor flaws. When you such major issues with the game’s key elements, players may find they stop playing and fail to return to the game. There have been numerous other adventure games which were smoother and more enjoyable and I feel with a little more development time, this game could have been too.
SummaryOverall, Supreme League of Patriots is a wacky adventure game with an interesting story and funny premise. While there are some problems with its design I would still recommend it to anyone who likes a good laugh from topical humor and adventure game puzzles. It’s currently $15 for the season pass or $5.99 for each episode individually. I do feel this game is worth its asking price and I can see myself enjoying the next instalment from No Bull Intentions.