It’s been a few years since Jane Jensen was consistently part of the gamer’s vernacular but during the Golden Age of point-and-click adventures, her Gabriel Knight series was (and is) one of the best examples of the genre. For some time now, Jane’s been flying under the radar while working on a new adventure game called Gray Matter. Recently however, she’s surfaced again, partnering with True Blood creator Charlaine Harris to make one of the best hidden object adventures you’ll ever play.
Dying for Daylight, by developer Nikitova Games and publisher I-Play, stars a beautiful, fashionista vampire named Dahlia whose beauty sleep is rudely interrupted by an order to seek out a mythical Sun Potion. While the game doesn’t feature characters from the True Blood series, it’s obviously set in the True Blood universe. Vampires have “come out” and live in their own section of New Orleans’ French Quarter, they drink True Blood and they engage in ruthless and violent plotting against one another.
Having heard rumors that a certain member of a traveling vampire circus has created a potion that allows vampires to walk in the sun, Dahlia heads to New Orleans and finds that someone is murdering vampires. While looking for the culprit, she investigates not only New Orleans but Memphis and Charleston, along the way having her leather-booted steps shadowed by an annoyingly inept CIA agent. As she gets closer to discovering the potion–and the truth–things get increasingly hairier.
Dying for Daylight is a great game for a number of reasons. First, its down-home sense of humor will be familiar to anyone who’s read Harris’s novels. Street signs announcing places like “Dead Dormant and Beyond” and a clothing shop that allows vampires to “dress in your era” can’t help but bring a smile to your lips. Adding to the slyly Harris feel is Dahlia’s tongue-in-cheek reactions to every situation and the way the game is broken up into TV_like “episodes” that begin with “previously on Dying for Daylight” sequences. The frosting on this tasty cajun cake is a catchy southern gothic soundtrack by Jane Jensen’s husband and daughter’s (Robert and Raleigh Holmes) band, The Scarlet Furies.
Along with its amusing writing and great music, Dying for Daylight’s artwork is nothing short of stunning. Anyone who loves the spooky atmosphere of the French Quarter as well as the rich, colorful feel of the glamorous vampire world will be in their element. The game features voice acting throughout, which from Dahlia’s sardonic delivery to members of the vampire supporting cast (including the ghost of a dead Elvis impersonator) is highly entertaining.
Fans of the Gabriel Knight series will be sure to catch the distinct Jane Jensen vibe from the game’s structure, puzzles and dialog, which make the game more of a full-on adventure than a hidden object game. The game as a whole is spectacular, and in fact the only frustrating thing about it is that it’s a four-parter. Right now only part 1 is available so now we’ll be counting the days until the day they release Dying for Daylight Part 2.
Fans of adventure games, hidden object titles, vampire enthusiasts, Jane Jensen groupies and True Blood fans – this is one casual adventure game you should not miss.
Available now for $6.95 on the I-Play website.