Dance of Death Review: Du Lac & Fey, Heroes and Assassins

In this review we will analyze Dance of Death: Du Lac & Fey, which unites King Arthur with the infamous Whitechapel murders, passing through dragons, cops and talking dogs. Who can resist a detective dog?

Dance of Death: Du Lac & Fey is point and click adventure released for PC on 5 April 2019. The title represents the first project of two almost unknown teams, Salix Games e Tea Clipper Games.

The game represents a rather ambitious and demanding challenge, especially for two such young teams, who have been able to count on the experience of Philip Huxley (author of the screenplay for Batman: Arkham Knight and Killzone) and Jessica Saunders (winner of the BAFTA Breakthrough Brit).



At the moment the title is available in English only

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London, 1888. With the citizens of Whitechapel living in fear of Jack the Ripper, Arthurian legends take to the field in an attempt to stop the killer before he strikes again. Take on the role of the immortal hero Sir Lancelot Du Lac and the cursed sorceress Morgana Le Fey, joining forces with the famous Mary Jane Kelly in the search for the most famous serial killer ever. 

Dance of Death: Du Lac & Fey takes us to explore the English capital in one of its most iconic periods. The three will explore one Gloomy and sinister London, where they will meet the many characters that animate the streets of London both day and night. Strolling through the creepy streets of London we will have the opportunity to live an impact adventure, rich in mystery and magic.


The development team has paid a lot of attention too the historical accuracy of the events. The settings, dialogues and characters were created in collaboration with an expert from the Victorian era; while the crime drops were built based on historical documents


The game's plot has a branched structure dictated by the various choices that can be made in the course of the story, each of which can negatively or positively affect the story. Too bad the developers chose one partial intertwined narrative, because in the end there will be only one epilogue, regardless of the decisions of the players. Eventually a Life is Strange-like phenomenon occurs, where different events inevitably lead to the same ending. 

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Dance of Death: Du Lac & Fey behaves like most point-and-click adventures. In the course of the story we should move our characters within an area to explore it properly, looking for clues to solve crimes e talk to citizens from London. With a simple click of the mouse we could direct the characters to any point in the scene, have objects analyzed or interact with the inhabitants.

Unfortunately, the mechanics that govern the movement of the characters are a bit gross, making commuting almost frustrating. Sometimes the characters will tend to get around obstacles (such as street lamps) that are not at all in the way, or to get stuck with each other. 


Dance of Death Review: Du Lac & Fey, Heroes and Assassins

 

Furthermore, it happened that the option to examine an object appeared only if positioned in a certain point, although the aforementioned object was literally in front of the protagonist; the same happened with the icons to change the “zone” of the city. Beyond that, the movements tend to be quite slow. 

In addition to the classic graphic adventure dynamics there are some action scenes in which it will be necessary to fight or some momenti platform. At the beginning of the game, for example, Du Lac will have to defend himself from the attack of a demon: the player only has to click with the mouse at the right moment following an indicator on the screen. 


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Salix Games created the title based on the graphics engine Unity. The graphics alternate discrete 3D models with semi-static settings, half populated by three-dimensional characters and half by decorative 2D shapes.


Overall it's nothing great, but the developers have created a very interesting interweaving of styles: the scenarios alternate the foggy streets of London with interiors with more charged and intense colors. 

Dance of Death Review: Du Lac & Fey, Heroes and Assassins

The Dance of Death soundtrack blends beautifully with the mysterious atmosphere of the game, without ever being out of place or intrusive. The dubbing was entrusted to actors who helped make titles such as Dragon Age, Penny Dreadful, Games of Thrones e Black Mirror. The quality of the dubbing makes it possible to make the various characters credible, adding vitality and movement to the city. Furthermore i numerous comic curtains between Du Lac and Morgana Le Fey are nothing short of fantastic. 


Overall, the art sector has managed to create a 'excellent representation of London in the Victorian era

Dance of Death: Du Lac & Fey | Review

Dance of Death is a great title for all lovers of point and click adventures. The game unites adult and rather raw themes (we're still talking about Jack the Ripper) with fantasy and fairytale elements. Graphics and audio sector offer an exceptional portrait of the London of the time, a fundamental element for all fans of the historical period. 

Dance of Dance of Death: Du Lac & Fey is the first title released by the development studios Salix Games e Tea Clipper Games. The game was released on April 5, 2019 for PC via Steam (currently 10% off). 

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7 Intriguing story

Points in favor

  • Accurate settings
  • Plot and themes
  • Excellent dubbing

Points against

  • Slow and awkward movements
  • Lack of Spanish language
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