The streets of New York in the 1950s are not just the glimmer of a famous city. Crime flourishes in the dirty alleys of the “Big Apple” and clouds the otherwise glamorous image of the city. In this New York underworld, the detective John Blacksad leads the fight against crime, his own head more than once in the dirty cases. Even when the owner of a local boxing club commits suicide, the case seems clear at first glance. But is everything really as it seems?
Blacksad: Under the Skin is an adventure game in the style of the well-known Telltale games. In almost every conversation, there are decisions to make that influence how the game progresses and change the image of your own Blacksad. Skillful dialogue facilitates the search for clues and information, as well as the accurate study of the environment. Underlined by smaller puzzles, Blacksad offers a lot of potential for detectives and thriller lovers. But what about the implementation?
If you like good detective stories, you will not be disappointed by Blacksad . An exciting case with many twists and turns with its many secrets waiting to be solved. Combining clues is fun, and bit by bit reveals the dark secrets surrounding the suicide of boxing club owner Joe Dunn. Multi-faceted events and interesting dialogues complete the picture of a content-rich adventure. With a playing time of about 10 hours, Blacksad: Under the Skin played through relatively quickly, influenced by the own decisions influenceable story, the replay value is very high.
For all fans of quick-time events Blacksad could be paradise. Everywhere in the game smaller scenes await to test your reaction time. Likewise, reading fast is an advantage, because even in conversations you have very little time to rethink your answers. Annoying if the text disappears too fast to decently read all the answers. Otherwise you steer the charismatic detective through different areas, always in search of clues. The control is kept simple, although often very inaccurate.
The game world of Blacksad: Under the Skin consists of relatively small areas, which is by no means a disadvantage. Recurring scenes that the detective occasionally goes back to do not bother. It’s fun to look around the visually and acoustically atmospheric areas and explore the world of detail. Always underpinned by jazz music, you feel transported back to the 50s and so credibly slip into the role of John Blacksad. The character design is also a plus, because the characters are not human. The animal figures, paired with human behavior, are interesting and believable. Since Blacksad is based on a comic series, there are also game elements that reflect the origin. Thus, for example, the course of the story can be retraced in comic-look.
Unfortunately, the game is still pierced by numerous bugs at the moment. In addition to the many, just ugly graphical bugs that cloud the otherwise great look of the game, there are also bugs that can complicate moving forward. By restarting the game, these can then be overcome, but often entire game sections must be played again. All in all a rather unsatisfactory state of the game, which hopefully will be improved by further patches.
Blacksad: Under the Skin is an exciting adventure game, which credibly takes you back to the 50s. Only and solely on the technical implementation, there are shortcomings that tarnish the overall picture of the game a bit. Otherwise, Blacksad entertains well, and especially for fans of detective stories a few entertaining hours.
Blacksad: Under the Skin offers a great and thrilling story, but does need a few extra touches when you notice a few bugs in the background.