Unavowed – Review

A secret group of superhumans protecting the world from all evil. These are The Unavowed. Ranging from fire mages to genies to dragons, they have never made a vow to live their life for bad or for good. They are the “wall against darkness”.

A point-and-click adventure game created by Wadjet Eye Games with lead creator Dave Gilbert, which will allow you to make a lot of choices.

There are several of them and you will have an ending of the game based on these choices.

In the meantime, you listen to the story, ask the questions and solve puzzles all at the same time. You need the patience to follow through on this game.

Straight up when you start the new game, you get bombarded with a series of questions, about gender, job and your name.

This, after you find yourself on a rooftop being held by an unknown being in the shadows, being told by another man that you are possessed by a demon. 

Feeling excited already? Great, keep it up!

Every Role You Take

You can be an actor, policeman, or bartender. Based on your choice, the first case will be set out for you. In my case, I chose to be the actor. You shall be whisked away to a flashback of one year ago, where you find yourself on the outside of a street, being told a colleague of your is upset and all alone outside.

She tells you that the complete play, set for debut next week, is being completely rewritten by the director. Moreover, the director you approached to direct this play.

You find out via your other co-star that he’s gone absolutely ballistic and is off his rockers.

Once you enter the room and turn on the light, you notice a strange woman sitting in the corner, claiming to be his muse. She turns out to be a demon and after you touch a book, you take over the demon spirit inside of your body.

Flash forward to present day, and the man claiming to extract the demon from you makes it work. His name is Eli Beckett and his partner Mandana is the woman restraining you.

Spirits are roaming through dimensions and the mundanes (humans) are not seeing or acknowledging them. Because you have been possessed, you can now see the monsters. With this sight, you are also invited into the Unavowed to track down and hunt the demon that took possession of you.

Moral Decisions Not Weighing In Heavy

As mentioned at the beginning of the review, you join the Unavowed in a storytelling puzzle / click-and-point adventure game. You will be finding out where your former possessor, the demon, is now and destroy it once and for all.

There are ten different missions you can play through. For each one, you will, later on, get choices on who you will take with you on this mission. One of them will always be Eli or Mandana, but both are also an option. During the progression of a mission, you will hear the two NPC’s talk to each other as you learn a bit about them.

The conversations that these NPC’s have are not feeling like fillers. They genuinely are an addition to the game, while you make sure to do the necessary searching, backtracking and solving questions.

With every mission, there is a moral dilemma to choose from by the end of the mission. Whether you decide on the fate of supernatural beings or pick sides. It will always affect the ending of the game itself. There is never a good or bad option, as the other characters will always affirm and support your decision. 

A Colourful 2D Display & Easy-Listening Music

Even though the game is in 2D, the animations are fairly detailed, but never take up too much from the main focus of the game, the story. Some cutscenes show great visuals.

Whether you’re in China Town with bright lights making sure the water is reflecting, or brownstone inside of the headquarters of Unavowed, the eye really gets something to look at. 

If it wasn’t just for the wonderful nostalgic graphics to make Unavowed good, the audio is on an extremely high level. The voice acting is wonderful. It’s at a level where the voice acting doesn’t enhance the character, but it truly establishes the characters. In addition, jazzy music or Asian notes grace your ears with beautiful works of art.

The only minor downside is that the spoken lines can sometimes be filled with breath pops an can be experienced as distracting. Polishing these lines would have made the audio even better, although it hardly can get better.

The main character doesn’t have spoken lines. There’s only full-text dialogue based on the choices you make. This game would be wonderful for beginning voice actors to try their mind and voice out on.

The Final Verdict

Based on the game experience I had, I find that Dave Gilbert has done an amazing job. Gilbert has created a full series of games before, which makes me curious to check out their other work, specifically the Blackwell, as well.

An overall great game, Unavowed is available for £10.99 on Steam.
I highly recommend it to anyone to buy and not play, but enjoy it.

Note: A copy of this game was given by the developer for the purpose of this review.

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