Demetrios – The BIG Cynical Adventure Review

Have you ever had a crazy experience involving someone breaking into your house to steal a tablet? Have you ever flown to an unknown country upon someone’s request? Bjorn has!

Demetrios – The BIG Cynical Adventure follows the story of Bjorn Thonen, an antiques dealer living in Paris. After buying a weird bird statue off of a trader he receives a phone call that will change his life. He’ll have to deal with someone breaking in, deal with the police, deal with people in a weird unknown country, and also deal with his neighbour’s weird daughter. The thing is, Bjorn isn’t exactly the smartest tool in the shed, and sometimes he’ll do things a bit… questionably.

Demetrios is a weird game to look back on and review. Well, really, it’s just a weird game, but it’s weird in a good way. As I mentioned before, Bjorn isn’t exactly the brightest person, and that’s where most of the humour in the game is derived from. While you have the option to disable them if they offend you, the game has a ton of fart jokes within. You’ll also be solving puzzles by finding items that are what he thinks are correct, even if they aren’t exactly the right way to go about things. Honey? Alright, let’s find a beehive and get the honey that way! What do you mean there’s some bees in it? That’s fine, they’ll add flavour!

The game is a point-and-click adventure title that is spread out across different chapters, with each chapter covering a single day. Each day you’ll set off with different tasks in mind, and Bjorn will use his crazy (and not very smart) methods of making it through them. The puzzles are sometimes a bit convoluted, but luckily hints are pretty easy to find. Hints come in the way of cookies you can find – three on each screen of the game (with very few exceptions), and you can eat up to three cookies at once to get a hint as to what you need to do next.

Along with collecting cookies you’ll also be tasked with collecting game overs, at least you are if you want to aim to get the platinum trophy. The game overs can be even trickier than the cookies to obtain, as some of them will require you to choose specific actions at specific times. I always found a good laugh in reading the game over descriptions though, so they did end up being worth going for.

Once you’ve cleared the game once you are given an option to continue again from a particular section. The thing is, once you’ve chosen to continue from that section, you have to re-complete the game again to get the choice back. I do wish that there had simply been a proper chapter select mechanic put in place so that replaying to get missed collectibles wasn’t a chore.

Overall, Demetrios is a hilarious point-and-click game, although some may find the humour to be a bit dry or offensive. I personally got a pretty good laugh out of it, and I enjoyed figuring out some of the puzzles (not so much the more convoluted ones). As such, I definitely give the game a high recommendation, but only as long as you can put up with the humour that is within it.

Demetrios – The BIG Cynical Adventure Review Score
4/5

Demetrios – The BIG Cynical Adventure is available on PC and Playstation Vita now.

I would like to thank the developer for providing me with a Vita key for review purposes.

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