Truberbrook: A Nerd Saves the World Image
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  • Summary: Enjoy an adventurous vacation to a 1960's parallel universe! A Sci-Fi-Mystery Adventure Game with handmade scenery. Imagine yourself on a vacation to Europe in the late sixties. Now, picture yourself as a young American scientist; Hans Tannhauser. Yes, that's your name in this scenario.Enjoy an adventurous vacation to a 1960's parallel universe! A Sci-Fi-Mystery Adventure Game with handmade scenery. Imagine yourself on a vacation to Europe in the late sixties. Now, picture yourself as a young American scientist; Hans Tannhauser. Yes, that's your name in this scenario. While you're at it, think of Trüberbrook, a remote village in rural, mountain-sloped and densely forested cold-war Germany. Because, that's where you somehow end up after hitting the continent. But who cares, you won the trip in a lottery! Or at least, that’s how it seems. But don't fear, instead of getting some rest, you could find yourself having to save the world … Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Mar 20, 2019
    100
    If you enjoyed the Kings Quest games and similar titles, you will enjoy Trüberbrook. Hands down, this is a surprising slam dunk. It’s a great story, with twists, humour, problem solving, adventure and mystery. There is also a choice you make at the end, which I suspect provides two endings, so it’s likely to warrant a second play through for this, but you would want to wait a bit between, to appreciate it again.
  2. Mar 11, 2019
    80
    A visual treasure, Truberbrook is a dynamic and interesting adventure flawed by short length and fitful quality.
  3. Mar 15, 2019
    75
    Trüberbrook is a traditional graphic adventure that stands out for its visual style created through models and photometry.
  4. Mar 13, 2019
    70
    With sumptuous hand-crafted visuals and a throwback LucasArts approach to puzzle-adventure gaming, Trüberbook is a treat for genre fans. Well, in part anyway. It’s a pity that all the goodwill the game generates is drained by an unsatisfying story that doesn’t bother to answer even half of the questions it’s raised.
  5. May 10, 2019
    65
    Truberbrook is a beautiful sight to behold, and its story is a great example of light comedy sci-fi. It’s only the overly-oblique puzzles that killed the adventure genre in the first place that keep it from being a truly exceptional title. There’s a valuable lesson here to adventure game developers here — it’s possible to have the best production values and plotting imaginable, but if consideration isn’t given to how players interact with the work, the result will wind up frustrating instead of magnificent.
  6. Mar 11, 2019
    60
    Quotation forthcoming.
  7. Mar 13, 2019
    40
    One of the best looking point ‘n’ click adventures ever made, but the unique visuals don’t compensate for illogical puzzles and a weak script.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Negative: 4 out of 7
  1. Mar 19, 2019
    8
    Finally something fresh in this genre, unfortunately, the story is quite... dumb. But everything else seems good, so it's worth a try.
  2. Mar 17, 2019
    7
    A solid experience with beautiful graphics and nice atmosphere, but nothing to write home about story wise.
  3. Fuz
    Apr 1, 2019
    6
    Oh boy, what a mess.
    The good: the art style is really cool. The photogrammetry is spectacular. I love the characters and their goofy
    Oh boy, what a mess.
    The good: the art style is really cool. The photogrammetry is spectacular. I love the characters and their goofy animations (they don't have many, though). But you can see how underfunded the developers were. The locations aren't many and the backgrounds are kind of simple. Lots of rocks and other objects that don't take much to model, I guess. Everything screams, "cheap". Beautiful, though.

    Mechanically, it's kind of bad. There's no real inventory, just a reminder on "i" key (which is also not rebindable... seriously guys?) which means that sometimes you don't know exactly what you're carrying (due to no item description in the reminder) and it means no manual item combination, which happens automatically when you click on the puzzle spot. So, there are a few puzzles that are gonna be solved before you can even think about them.
    The puzzles are pretty much all "meh", quite simple but more than that they're just uninteresting.
    By the way... the telegram "puzzle". Are you **** serious?

    And here's the main point. Well, it's not true that there's no story, it starts interesting too, but it's heavily underdeveloped and fastworwarded a lot, leaving the player just assuming and filling the gaps by himself. The exposition and storytelling are atrocious and there are quite a lot of plot holes and unexplicable writing errors. It's also pretty short.
    I am absolutely sure they started with a way bigger idea and wanted to develop much more of the game's world (and the sanitarium is proof of this), but they ran out of cash much faster than they anticipated.

    The scene after the credits is pretty cool.

    Also the concert is kind of cool and sonds like a Tom Waits song, but it's way too long and unskippable.
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  4. Jun 4, 2019
    4
    "This bucket seems to be hung here for purely decorative reasons" If any piece of dialogue sums up Trüberbrook, it's this one. I desparately"This bucket seems to be hung here for purely decorative reasons" If any piece of dialogue sums up Trüberbrook, it's this one. I desparately wanted to enjoy this game, as a fan of stop motion and interesting art styles, as a fan of sci-fi and a fan of story driven games. Unfortunately, I can't recommend it. As a game I would score it 3, but I added an extra point for the exceptional art style and lighting.

    However, underneath the beautiful visuals there is zero substance. The "puzzles" feel like they belong more in a free to play escape room game, than £35 worth of "Suspence! Mystery! Thrills!" as advertised, and while it claims 7-10 hours of gameplay, really it is closer to 6. And if you manage to get 7+, those extra hours are spent wandering through locations until you click the right thing at the right time. In terms of gameplay, it's tedious guesswork of what click will move the action forward. Ultimately though, the biggest disappointment with this game is the story. Trüberbrook feels like the ambitious project that got rushed to completion, or given up on. While many characters are interesting, relatable and humorous, the plot points and stages feel unfinished, isolated and don't gel together in a believable way. It is as if each location, it's objects and it's NPCs were created before the story was completed, with no idea how they would intertwine. The result is, they don't. The idea and concept was fresh and exciting, the visuals are stunning throughout, however the execution of this as a game failed drastically and made for a overall disappointing experience.
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  5. Mar 13, 2019
    3
    I was really hyped by this game. The visuals are spectacular, but the story is empty and sometimes a non-sense. Not worth $30
  6. Mar 28, 2019
    2
    Incredibly disappointed. Had really really high hopes for this game because I love point&click adventures and read a lot about the art styleIncredibly disappointed. Had really really high hopes for this game because I love point&click adventures and read a lot about the art style and the real models behind it all. Also I am from Germany and it is a German production. All of this should be a match made in heaven right?

    This might be one of the worst point&click adventures I have ever played. The puzzles are embarrassing, all solutions are right there in front of you because the game right out shows you only possible combinations, some dialogues are unskippable (don't even mention the horrible band that is unskippable), the whole story makes no sense and is uninspired, there are soooo many plot holes and the backgrounds are so heavily photoshopped that you would never guess they are real models if you wouldn't know in the first place. Looks like a crappy collage.

    All in all i am just really disappointed in what should have been a beautiful game. Don't buy it, it unfortunately doesn't deserve it.
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  7. Mar 16, 2019
    0
    Graphics are fine, but otherwise its just garbage. one of the worst game i played so far