Australian Indie developer Epiphany Games have just put out Majestic Nights, an isometric adventure game set in an alternate version of the 1980’s in which every conspiracy theory from the 60’s through to the 70’s turned out to be true.
Armchair sleuths familiar with JFK assassination theories, MK Ultra, the faked moon landings and everything in between will have a field day with Majestic Nights‘ plot, which casts players in the roles of private investigator Callie and G-Man Cardholder as they get roped into a whirlwind of conspiracies and sinister backroom deals.
More distinctly is Majestic Nights‘ cell-shaded look, which is soaked in the harsh purple hue of the 1980’s and the grit and grime of Los Angeles. Complimenting this is the game’s catchy soundtrack, which weaves all kinds of cheesy synthesizers, electronic drums and flangerized guitars.
Majestic Nights follows an episodic format, in which all six of its episodes will be gradually released until April 2015. Currently the first chapter is available for purchase, along with a free demo that serves as a prologue to the game. Each chapter will cost $4.99, but a season pass for all six episodes can be purchased for $19.99.
The demo level, titled Chapter Zero, has Cardholder exploring the famous Whisky-a-Go-Go in search of a film director with ties to sketchy government spooks. Having played it myself, it serves as a good sampler of what can be expected from the rest of Majestic Nights. Dialogue is the game’s strength, with every sentence dropping in sarcasm and conspiracy theories, and choosing the right dialogue option can be important at succeeding in optional quests. The game features simplistic stealth mechanics and later on a lengthy shooting section that plays very similarly to Crusader: No Remorse. The shooting and cover controls are clunky, but combat is often fast and brutal, as bullets can often kill in one or two hits.
In addition to the PC and Mac, Majestic Nights will also available for the iPad, Kindle Fire and Android tablets sometime soon.