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Modern Fables – Medogan

An online adventure game

We’d read some comments from others about Modern Fables take on the online escape/adventure game. We have to admit that we’ve not heard of them and being in London, they are a bit of a trek from us.

THE STORY

STRANDED IN YOUR IMAGINATION. The Modern Fables take on a pick-your-own-adventure played out in your mind. Can you uncover the secrets MEDOGAN has to offer? Can you escape the confines of reality?

THE GAMEPLAY

Modern Fables have created more of an adventure game than a traditional escape game but this doesn’t detract from the quality of what they have made. You will find that many free to play games (although they are asking for donations), are fairly basic affairs. The idea behind them is solid but the concepts are more simple. This is not the case with Medogan. In fact, we’d go as far to say as this is up there as one of our favourite adventures we’ve played so far during lockdown.

The game is episodic. At the time of playing we only had access to the first episode which brings our protagonist to the mysterious village of Medogan. Although set in modern day, the village gives of a very Midsommar vibe and the game gives snippets of details that makes you suggest something akin to Hot Fuzz is kicking off. The only issue, the episode finishes with more questions than it does answers. This certainly wets you appetite for the next instalment.

Gameplay is very much in the way of a detective story. We found that we’d written about 4 pages of notes with everything going on and these little titbits were extremely useful in order to solve the main puzzle of the game. But, what is so ingenious about this game is that it isn’t just text that you need to gather. It uses a series of your own technology in impressive ways to bring the story to life. I don’t want to give away what, you will just have to find out for yourself. I challenge you not to be as impressed as I was with one of the way in particular! Gameplay flows nicely and, as long as you read and listen to everything carefully, everything will slot into place. The game isn’t the hardest we’ve played but it will certainly keep you busy for an hour or so in order to work out what you need to put where. There aren’t any clues to the game but if you need a push in the right direction, you can contact Modern Fables by their Facebook page and they will send a suitably cryptic clue back. Also be aware that you need to access this game via a PC or laptop. It will not work on a mobile device. You’ll also need a way to listen to the sounds, its very important.

DESIGN

The game does have a large amount of text but this is key to the story. It also has a lot of visual elements too and the design of these are superb. It really immerses you into the world of Medogan. There has clearly been a huge amount of time and effort that has been put into creating this game. To have completed it in such a short period of time too is astonishing. If you don’t play another free online game during your lockdown, Medonga has to be the one.

OVERALL

A superb game full of intricate details, design and story. It really immerses you into the world Modern Fables are trying to create and is a genuine joy to play. It’s not only a phenomenal game, it also make us want to make the trip to London to play their physical games if the quality is anything like this one. We are looking forward to playing episode 2.

Theme *****

Design *****

Gameplay *****

Difficulty *****

Overall *****