Wonderful art and music
Chapter 2 of The Forever Friday picks up the story just one hour after the events in Chapter 1. Something shocking has happened in Evansville - clocks have started working again. But why? They've not been working for 12 years, so what made them start again now? This quickly dissolve into chaos as The Big Crazy sweeps through the city. Looters, cultists, and robots are roaming the streets, and they must be stopped.
A strange cult, known as 'Church Of The Second Minute' seems to hold the answers. You are Detective Prick Peckard, and you have been given the task of investigating 4 suspects to find out what they know about this cult, as well as finding out if the suspects are guilty of bringing the city of Evansville to it's knees. This is not an easy task, but things get even more awkward when you are teamed up with Inspector Harry Sachs - the man who fired you just one hour ago! So will you survive this assignment? Will you find out who is responsible for the clocks starting again? Will you survive having Harry as your partner? There's only one way to find out...
This is the second chapter of The Forever Friday, and the story follows on from Chapter 1. At the main menu, are given the option of starting a New Game, Loading an old game, setting Arcade Mode on or off, and setting Director's Cut Mode on or off. Director's Cut Mode gives you some extra goodies, such as extended conversations or more arcade scenes. When you start a New Game, you are given the option to enter the campaign code you received at the end of Chapter 1, which allows you to carry on with any side-quests you began in Chapter 1 (don't worry, you can complete Chapter 2 without entering a campaign code). You can also watch the intro, to remind yourself of previous events. The whole game is very well written, with lots of hilarious dialogue.
Chapter 2 differs slightly from Chapter 1. You will still find the usual words at top of the screen (move your mouse up there) for Look \\ Talk \\ Gear etc, as well as Save \\ Load \\ Quit. But this time, you get to play as 2 different characters, which adds a whole new dimension to the game. Depending on where you are in the game, you will control either Prick Peckard or Harry Sachs. When you click on 'Gear' to see what items you are carrying, one of your items is 'Harry' (when playing as Prick) or 'Prick' (when playing as Harry). This allows you to use that character to solve various puzzles, as each character has different skills. I love the banter between the two characters. They love to hate each other, yet sometimes they seem so much alike, like 2 sides of the same coin. I also love the little Test Screens that you see when Saving or Loading a game.
Puzzles are great fun to solve - not too easy so you would get bored with the game, and not too hard to make you frustrated. The only thing I'm not so keen on was the Elevator Puzzle. You must restore power to the elevator by re-arranging some chips and wires. I found this puzzle very tricky, and it seemed to interrupt the 'flow' of the game. On the other hand, we are treated to some wonderful elevator music (hee hee)! At end of the game, you will be given a code (just like in Chapter 1). This code can be used at the start of the next chapter, and allows you to carry on with whatever side quests you have started, so make sure you keep a note of it.
Graphics in The Forever Friday are just wonderful. There are so many little 'effects' that you will enjoy. The game is bright and colourful, which gives it a lovely cartoony feel. The scene at Smashers club, when Prick swings over the crowd is brilliant - I just love the blank expression on their faces. Fire in the elevator (at Hubmall 1) flickered as if it was really burning, and seeing Stickbot in disguise with a yellow wig and beard is just hilarious. The scene at the school gave me quite a shock at first - it's very effective - but Prick seems to take it all in his stride. Interrogating Dutton Rock was brilliant. Who would think that torture could be so much fun, hee hee! The dream sequence near the end is just awesome. I won't spoil it for you, but you HAVE to see it!
MUSIC AND SOUND EFFECTS
There is a good variety of music in The Forever Friday, and it always seems to fit in with the current situation. It changes frequently, depending on the situation, so you can't get bored with it. Sometimes it's amusing, but sometimes it's quite sinister. The elevator music (and Prick's comments) really made me laugh. And who could forget Mr Tom Jones cameo appearance? But my favourite has to be the rock band in Smasher's Club.
The Forever Friday: Chapter 2 is a wonderful adventure game that I that I thoroughly enjoyed playing. The whole story is well written, and it will have you hooked from start to finish. Investigating the suspects was fun, and puzzles are well thought out. Allowing you the option to enter code from Chapter 1 is a lovely touch, as it lets you continue any side-quests that you had already started. There is a lot more interaction between Prick and Harry than in the last chapter, as they have to work together, and the dialogue between them is priceless. The game is easy to play, and customisable controls allow you to skip arcade sequences or turn Director's Mode on and off at any time. Graphics are equally impressive. Strong, bright colours are used, which gives it quite a cartoony feel. Music is varied, and always seemed to suit the situation. My only complaint is that nasty elevator puzzle. A lot of work has gone into this game, and it shows. So what are you waiting for? Go and download it now!
Review by: Frodo
Some animated cartoon violence, some adult themes.
Safe for ages: 13+
Windows 98, 2000, XP, or Vista
1 GHz Processor
256 Mb of RAM