Uneven writing and hit-and-miss jokes hurt Lancelot’s Hangover, but if you’re into classic puzzles and Pythonesque silliness, it’s a quest worth taking.
Lancelot’s Hangover: The Quest for the Holy Booze is a weird game, although I’m not sure the word “weird” begins to cover it. I think I’ll let the game’s trailer explain it better:
The game combines wacky hand-drawn art with dirty jokes and some nice classic puzzles. The uneven writing makes it a bit of a confusing mess at first. However, Lancelot’s Hangover gets better the more you play and progress.
On a Quest From God
The premise is quite simple: you are Lancelot, the sexist of the Knights of the Round Table. You’re on a quest from God to find the Holy Grail, put some booze in it, and throw the wildest party in all of England.
Unfortunately, the Grail is in France, so that’s where most of the game takes place. There, you meet all sorts of sketchy characters, do hardcore drugs, and promote the gluten-free agenda in the name of Hipster Jesus.
Even though the story is very straightforward, I did have trouble understanding what was going on at first. Partly because, as I mentioned before, this game is weird, but it’s not only that. Character dialogue isn’t always clear, and conversations can sometimes start midway through. The humor is also all over the place. The game can be funny, but more often than not the jokes don’t land due to the chaotic writing.
But once you get used to the game’s jittery, hyperactive writing style, Lancelot’s Hangover comes into its own. That is when you begin to see the clever adventure game underneath.
Everything That Isn’t Nailed Down
As a veteran point-and-clicker, I enjoyed the puzzles in this game. They’re not too challenging, but do require some thought. Best of all, they are mostly logical, as far as this game is capable of logic. I never had to “use everything on everything” to make progress.
Part of it, however, was due to how familiar a lot of the puzzles are. As someone who played many point-and-click adventure games, I could immediately tell the solution to more than a few puzzles. I could also tell which ones were… “inspired” by some of the genre’s greats.
Still, the puzzles are the best part of the game. Since they are the most crucial part of any adventure, you can enjoy Lancelot’s Hangover even if you don’t appreciate its dirty humor and visuals.
What Are You On?
Lancelot’s Hangover: The Quest for the Holy Booze looks like the artist was either really drunk or really high (or both), which is actually appropriate.
The visuals reflect the game’s silly and outrageous humor. The hand-drawn quality, the twitchy animations, and bizarre character sprites all come together into a drunk dream that is both funny and grotesque.
I think the best way to describe Lancelot’s Hangover is “wacky.” It continues to jump from one absurd moment to the next, in a somewhat Pythonesque manner. However, I feel it is overshadowed by other games with the same vibe, like the excellent The Procession to Calvary.
If you’re into that sort of thing and don’t mind “mature” content, this is a fun, if a bit short, quest to go on. Plus, there are booze and naked women with hair under their arms.
Developer: Jean-Baptiste de Clerfayt
Publisher: Jean-Baptiste de Clerfayt
Release Date: Oct. 1, 2020
Available On: PC
Reviewed On: PC
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