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Die Sage von Nietoom

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4th Generation Studios / Kingsoft
1995
Genre:
Adventure
Theme:
Misc. Fantasy / Mystery
Language:
Deutsch
Licence:
Commercial
System:
PC (DOS)
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215

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2/6
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Mr Creosote (2017-09-02) [hide]

Avatar Grandfather Wando is dying. Marco primarily remembers him as a great teller of fairy tales. Though now, the old man actually claims that it is all true: the fabled land of Nietoom can be reached through a magic portal directly from this very house. Is he already delirious? No, Marco of course takes it all dead seriously and starts searching.

It seems like the makers played a lot of Hexuma: it doesn't stop with the old mansion being a portal to other dimensions; even whole scenes (the postman…) have been taken over. Just that finding the portal and stepping into the other dimension was not the ending of the original, but rather its actual starting point. Whereas Nietoom never really shows this other world: its "saga" ends when the protagonist takes his first non-interactive stroll in the strongly overexposed world behind the door. In other words, the complete game takes place inside the mansion (plus a short scene in front) and none of its plot promises (or allusions) are never fulfilled.

In any case, it is hard to really grasp the game's plot. What about pinpointing it time- and location-wise? Why does the protagonist wear an Edwardian-style suit and walk around in a mansion with appropriate decorations in some rooms without even electrical light, when on the other hand, he fiddles with aluminium foil and knows exactly what a phaser is? Why does the world end right in front of his doorstep? Why is no further interaction with the letter-writing friend of the grandfather or the stranger inside the ruins possible? And anyway, why can't we ever go to the village?

Graphically, Nietoom is a little more convincing. Changing perspectives per room, some of which are actually fairly original when (for example) furniture are put into the foreground, the perspective is tilted or the artists playing with colours, keep the visuals fresh. Controls more or less work, though the number of clicks could still have been easily reduced.

Puzzles are basically alright. Some are even pretty tricky; mostly, the player is occupied with unlocking doors with keys. The absolute low point: a key opens a chest in which you find another key, which then opens a chest in another room. This is a pure waste of time.

Nietoom receives its final blow when you reach its second half. Instead of showing the other dimension, it almost exclusively takes place in the catacombs below the mansion – a large labyrinth full of dark rooms sporting deadly traps which you can only discover by using one of the strictly limited matches. Endless walking back and forth, this is really no fun at all.

This is only bearable if you are looking forward to seeing other worlds. Which never appear, though. And this is where Nietoom simply fails on the quality scale. Not because of tiny issues, which are all there and could be summed up, but never induce too much pain. The point is that game time is generated by totally frustrating ways instead of offering interesting, fresh things. Or to put it into simpler terms: black screens are no fun!

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