The Wardrobe is a 2D point and click adventure about death. There’s no Lion and The Witch here though, so if you enjoyed Day of the Tentacle, Monkey Island or Grim Fandango then pull up a chair, as this might be right up your street.
You star as Skinny, a skeleton who previously died whilst with his best friend Ronald after a deadly reaction to some plums. Despite it being an accident, Ronald got scared and bailed and now you have to live your life in his wardrobe forever. Bummer. Not only that, but in order to save Ronald from eternal damnation you need to reveal yourself and get him to talk about what happened. This is done by solving puzzles, visiting various different locations and meeting a cast of ludicrous and hilarious characters.
First thing’s first; the art style is gorgeous here. It’s hand illustrated and digitally coloured to perfection and is a huge plus. And as for the gameplay, well it’s a point and click game, so you know the drill. Whether it’s a person or an object, you can either Look, Pick Up, Use or Talk. The puzzles can get pretty obscure here, so I’d recommend you follow the approach I took: click on everything and if that doesn’t work look up a guide. It sounds a shame to say look up a guide, and if you can do it without then you have my respect. But some of the solutions here were simply beyond my capabilities and I think I’d still be playing now if I hadn’t. And the reason I said click on everything is because the dialogue in particular is superb and well worth taking the scenic route on. It’s witty, biting and full of more references than you could shake a stick at. Yep, it’s safe to say The Wardrobe is not a shy experience. Murder, sex toys…the list goes on. That being said, it hovers on the line of being offensive but never quite makes the jump to causing total outrage, which is probably wise in today’s climate.
After I finished The Wardrobe, I found myself wanting to revisit because of the trophy list. It looks like a fun Platinum to go for and as I mentioned earlier, there are so many references on show here that there’s no way I could have seen them all first time around. So there’s definitely replay potential here, and I always think it’s a good sign if you’d happily play a game again after completing it.
Thankfully, this one’s not a wardrobe malfunction. Good stuff.
Punk rating: 8/10