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Out of Order

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I'm a huge fan of point-and-click adventure games so when I was requested to review Out of Order I was more than happy to spend the next week furiously clicking everything in the game in the hopes of progressing the story.

Out of Order tells the story of Hurford Schlitzting, a 20 year-old still living with his parents, and his quest to escape the strange world he finds himself waking up to one night. To do this he must use various resources scattered about "The Town" to help him get closer to solving the mystery of where he is and how he got there.

The atmosphere of Out of Order is perhaps one of the strangest that I've ever seen in a game. It's a combination of Sci-Fi and Nonsense and it offers a truly unique experience. The story itself is very random and the town he finds himself in (aptly named "The Town") is filled with odd characters, aliens, and robots.

It's not just the characters that are weird, however, but also the town's structure. For example, one of the earlier puzzles has you stuck in your room because your door no longer opens on its hinge. Instead, it slides up into the ceiling. Long story short, it took me 10 minutes to realize I had to take the door handle off so the door could slide up all the way. Sure, the solution makes sense, but why on earth does the door slide up?

Gameplay wise, Out of Order is just like any other point-and-click adventure game. You can talk to other people, pick stuff up, combine stuff, and use stuff with other stuff. Want me to type "stuff" again? Stuff. There, I did it. The occasionally absurd puzzle will probably frustrate the average player, but on a whole, it's on the same plane as many other popular adventure games.

Musically, the game can get slightly annoying. While I can tell a lot of effort was put into it, I can't help but find it unpleasant in more than a few locations. However, this is strictly a personal thing.

Long story short, if you love adventure games or even if you've never tried them before, Out of Order is sure to entertain you for at least a night.