The German nation is economically devastated, as it is forced to pay incredibly sizeable reparations to France and Great Britain. These economical and social circumstances determine how the society behaves. The union is unstable and the times are tumultuous as people become increasingly divided by their convictions.
A movement called NSDAP (Socialist German Workers’ Party) with the working class electorate is exerting pressure on the Weimar Republic. An Austrian born figure is rapidly and skillfully increasing his influence in the party and in the German Society. His name is Adolf Hitler.
Despite his influence, not everyone is convinced. Sebastian Frank knows Hitler better than most of the people. He first met Hitler in Vienna in 1908 when they both applied to study at the Vienna’s Academy of Fine Arts.
Later they served Germany together in WWI.
Sebastian has great influence in a counter movement that is trying to prevent Hitler from seizing power. He and his fellowship find Hitler’s ideas threatening and dangerous to the nation and the world and are determined to stop him!
Sebastian Frank: The Vienna Prologue is a beautiful and quirky 2D point and click adventure game taking you into a world you probably thought you would never see, with it’s quirky humor, highly polished animated world and characters and Hitler on the rise for power, this is a game you won’t want to miss out on. Right off the bat you are thrown into the story where you learn about Sebastian and his lovers plans to attend the Academy of Fine Arts, this seems innocent enough but just like in real life, sometimes our plans and what life has planned for us are two different things, Sebastian must overcome many obstacles along his path including a sabotaging Hitler who wishes to outwit his competition in vile ways only he could come up with.
The story is interesting enough to me glued to the screen as I point Sebastian in the right direction, so far we have only seen the demo but from the screenshots, it looks like there’s a lot more to look forward too, plot developments that may be surprising and, oh look Sebastian has a beard! As I watch Sebastian move about the screen I noticed something rather funny that I think most people won’t catch at first, it’s this one animation that plays in the demo that has me laughing and rolling on the ground, I guess for a brief moment, the designers thought “let’s show them some cheeks”?
Here it is:
From what we have seen so far, the animations are very well done, the music is great and addicting, the characters are all well done and definitely have their own unique personalities, qualities and defining features to keep you remembering them for a long time to come. While I found that without a lack of a highlight system for select able objects or clickable areas made it a bit longer to beat the demo then it probably should have, at the same time I didn’t think it hindered the gameplay in any fashion but made you really think about exactly how to solve each puzzle.
Sebastian has a long journey ahead of him and we have only seen the beginning, I look forward to seeing how his story unfolds and what other humorous blips I can find here and there.