The Council hit us like a ton of bricks when its 1st Episode launched in March of this year. It was cool, classy and added RPG elements to a mysterious narrative adventure. In turn, The Council came out into the world as an original take unlike any other story based game we had played. Well the 2nd episode has arrived, and it’s time to find out whether it can maintain its promising start.
To bring you up to speed, The Council is set in 1793, and you play as Louis de Richet, a member of a Secret Society called The Golden Order. You are invited to a private island off the shores of England by the mysterious yet prestigious Lord Mortimer. You’re not alone however, as many other high profile personalities have also been invited. Your biggest worry though is that your mother recently went missing on the island prior to your arrival. It’s up to you to get to know everyone and look for clues that will help you find her. Now in Episode 2, the search for your Mother is still on. She’s conveniently left you clues and puzzles to decipher where she is.
There are 3 quests to solve this time around, and they’re surprisingly complex when combined with the exquisite research that must have gone into them. All are totally doable without a guide, but I definitely scratched my head a bit more in this episode. Without giving too much away, you’re left a lot more to your own devices this time. Whilst in Episode 1 you were meeting a whole host of characters and learning all of the game’s mechanics, this time around is purely about you piecing things together. That being said, there are still character interactions and observations.
You will learn a lot more about the aforementioned Lord Mortimer, as well as Chris, the guy who works at the local chip shop. Just kidding. You’ll learn about Manuel Godoy, who is Secretary of State and Head of the Spanish Government, and Johan Cristoph Von Wollner, the Prussian minister of religion. What I love about The Council is that none of the characters seem to be here for the sake of it. They all are intriguing. Not to mention that Episode 2 also ends on a humdinger of a cliffhanger, so the developers have still got us hanging on every word here. Bring on Episode 3.
Episode 2 of The Council may not be as guns blazing as it’s first instalment, but it instead chooses a slow burner approach which works equally as well.
Punk rating: 8/10