A while ago, I played a little narrative-driven game called Oxenfree by a small studio called Night School Studio. At first, I wasn’t expecting much more than a Telltale Games-like clone but then I ended up finishing the game in one night. The game’s gripping story and easy gameplay sucked me in and I ended up binging it like a TV series till the wee hours of the morning.
I was blown away with what that title offered, so when I saw that the studio’s new game, Afterparty, was not only fresh out of production but available on Xbox Live Game Pass, I had to install it and try it out and I was not disappointed.
One Hell of a Ride
You play as Milo and Lola. Two college students who are close friends and find themselves in hell. It is a weird place and seems a lot more relaxing compared to what we heard in church. There’re clubs, bars, concerts and parties everywhere and everyone is getting hammered by the bars.
The game actually encourages players to drink as much booze as they can because the only way out of hell is to out drink the devil himself. This makes things interesting because the type of beverage a player has characters consume changes their dialogue options, which adds a lot of replayability.
The description of these unique drinks are often hilarious as well and it’s always a risk to try each one’s dialogue choice. The characters are colourful too and even a short random piece of dialogue sticks with you.
One scene that really stuck with me is when the characters come to terms with being in hell. It was hilarious to see two atheists come to the realisation that heaven and hell were real and the panic attack that ensued (it is probably the highlight of the game for me.)
Not For The Light Drinker…
It is worth mentioning that this game pushes the envelope. There is a lot of talk about religion which makes sense as the game takes place in…well, hell. So, some of the things the characters say might offend some people.
The art style is a lot of fun to look at, though it is hindered by the sudden drop in framerates in some areas of the game. The game also crashed on me a few times too.
Not All About The Party
This game left me with some difficult moral choices; some of which kept me up at night thinking, which is something not many games are able to accomplish. These serious moments are interwoven between some hilarious comedy and it’s always exciting to see what’s coming up next.
Afterparty is available now and is included on Xbox Live Game Pass. I highly recommend it for those who like narrative-driven games, such as Monkey Island and the Telltale Games.