Emily Enough: Imprisoned is one of the newest AGS games to date and is also one of the darkest. This game has been in production since 2003 and has just now come out, but so far it has turned out to be one of the best games of the year as far as AGS is concerned. Emily enough was made by Logan Worsley, a very talented AGS figure, and was brought to the public in August of 2005.
In Emily enough, you play a very spoiled sick little girl who has been surrounded by riches her entire life. After she murders her family, she is incarcerated and sent to an insane asylum where she is to live out her life until she turns 21, but upon arrival, Emily finds that the place is not rich and fancy enough and vows that she will escape the beggarly place. So you must help Emily escape the asylum. This will not be easy as there are many obstacles in your path from a lawsuit to a lawyer who is a major jerk.
The gameplay in this game is not unlike the same found in Sierra games of old, in fact this game uses the same GUI system. The game isn't totally unoriginal, as the graphics take the form of Emily's mouth, hands, feet, and eyes. The inventory is of a brown purse. You right click to change icons or go up to the top of the screen and change icons there, or you can open up the inventory there as well. You then left click to use the selected icon.
The graphics in this game are very good, and are very reminiscent of the graphics in games like Full Throttle and The Curse of Monkey Island. The graphics in the game are very dark and moody, which fits the atmosphere of this game very well. The graphics even almost come close to being 3D. As you can see, two years of hard work on this game has definitely payed off.
The music in this game is very good, and all of it is original, which makes it even better. All of the music is dark, yet very unique and true to each scene where it plays. The tunes are all indeed memorable yet just simple enough to make the game's scenes seem even darker than they are.
The charatcters in this game are all insane and extremely evil, each showing off a different version of the black humor so well used in Emily Enough. A good example would be the Hannibal Lecter like character selling sandwich coupons in the hallway. Or you could look at the deaf old woman who always hears exactly the opposite of what you were saying. Each character is realistic yet creepy, and works well in the atmosphere of the game.
The puzzles in this game are difficult, but not too difficult as hints are provided throughout the game in different places as to where to go or what to do. Don't let this fool you as the puzzles will still keep the most seasoned adventurers busy for a while.
The black humor in this game brings out content only suitable for players ages 18 and up as there are many adult themes to this game including strong language, thematic elements, violence, and innuendo. Don't let this scare you away though, as these things only serve to heighten the dark theme of the game and make it just as good as it is.
The replayability factor in this game is high as the game offers a good experience that will make players want to play it again and again. The story and characters are so strange yet endearing that you can't help but want to play the game again.
All in all, this is a very good game, especially for the developers first, and it will be sure to provide a good experience for veterans or first time players of the genre. This game has a dark tune of black humor that makes anyone love it, and you can't help but agree with me when I give this game a straight out 5 out of 5. Try it and I bet you'll agree with me.
Review by: Fawfulhasfury