Brok the InvestiGator – PS5 Review

0 0
Read Time:3 Minute, 28 Second

I’ve been following the development of Brok the Investigator for quite some time and was delighted when it got announced for consoles. Developed by French solo indie developer CowCat Games, the game was initially released on PC in August 2022.

Brok The InvestiGator – Punch & Click!

Fabrice Breton (who is CowCat) completed the majority of the work himself including game design, programming, writing and artwork.

Played here on PS5 the game is also available on PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, Mac and Linux.

Gameplay

Brok the InvestiGator is a mix of a point and click adventure and a beat’em up. Hence the “Punch & Click” moniker given to it by its creator. Set in a light cyberpunk world where animals have replaced humans, privileged citizens live under a protective dome while outsiders struggle to make a living in the polluted wastelands. Players take on the role of ex-boxer Brok, who is now a Private Investigator trying to make ends meet.

The in-game level up screen in Brok the InvestiGator. A blue rectangular bar at the top of the screen reads "Level up! Choose a bonus!" in all caps white text. Below this are 3 icons arranged in an arch layout with a heart on the left, a green fist in the middle and a lightening bolt on the right. below these icons is a blur arrow pointing to the heart with text below reading "Health +"
Upgrades

Explore, use items, find clues and piece together the evidence you need to solve investigations. Sometimes your brain power will not be enough and you will need to utilise your muscles. Fights earn XP and some money allowing you to level up your character. Although you can take the peaceful route and use your charm to talk your way out of skirmishes.

It’s nice that some of the cases you take on will take some brain power and may leave you scratching your head. If you are meticulous in searching the environments then you will find ads that can be picked up and redeemed in return for a clue to assist you progress.

A purple hat laid upside down in a dark room. Yellow a black caution style tape is stretched across the top with the yellow sections reading "Game" and the black sections reading "Over". There is white text to the right of the hat reading "Advice Darn. Such Violence"
careful decisions

Your decisions through your playthrough will affect how things pan out so choose wisely. A funny example of this is that I continuously punched a crack in a wall causing a whole building to collapse on top of me, so it may be a good idea to avoid doing that.

Graphics & Audio

When first seeing this game it felt so familiar. I’d seen these characters somewhere before or so I thought. The reason became clear as I learned a major inspiration for the game was 90’s cartoons. And there I had it… Tailspin and Darkwing Duck. These characters could easily have been lifted from those beloved toons from my childhood.

The art throughout is beautiful and the animations are excellently done. Likewise, the lip-sync on the characters is very well implemented. The nuance in the character performances really adds to the storytelling.

a cartoon alligator wearing a purple hat, brown jacket and jeans engaged in conversation with a cat wearing a police uniform. Both characters are standing in a grubby apartment with large visible cracks in the walls. The alligator with his head turned away is saying "Wait. I'm not giving it to you... yet." The cat has a shocked look on his face.
brilliant performances

Extremely impressive for an indie title is the fully voiced cast of characters. There are an insane 23,000 lines of dialogue in this adventure. Sacré bleu!

There is also some smart use of the DualSense speaker and touchpad. It’s not common to see an indie dev make use of these features so the effort is appreciated.

Longevity

The main story will take about 12-15 hours to complete. With multiple endings and secret scenes to find, you’re in for 30+ hours of investiGatory fun to fully compete. There’s certainly bang for your buck here.

in-game menu screen with categories down the left side reading "Inventory, Progress, Player, Extras, Saves, Options". The current selected category is progress and the sub categories listed across the top are: "Objectives, Clues, Ads, Gameovers, Trophies". Ads is the currently selected sub category displaying a current total of 34/51 ads found. Below this reads "No stress you can collect them all across several playthroughs!" below this at the very bottom reads "Current room 3/3"
track those stats

For trophy hunters the list consists of 30 trophies – 9 bronze, 15 silver, 5 gold and a platinum.

Final Thoughts

If you want to experience one of the most accomplished indie games that’s ever been released then this one certainly deserves to be investigated.

An enjoyable story with memorable characters and plenty of humour – I do hope we get to see Brok in some form again in the future.

Big plaudits must go to CowCat not only for delivering a smashing polished adventure but also for uncovering a Steam key reselling scam and highlighting this detrimental issue to other indie developers on Twitter. Bon travail enquêteur!

Brok the InvestiGator uncovers the Thumb Culture Platinum Award.

Disclaimer: A code was received in order to write this review.

Thumb Culture

YouTube | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Discord | Podcast

 

About Author

Sonic & Mario started it all... Abe & Solid Snake hooked me in... And I've been gaming ever since. Most of my gaming is on Playstation as that's where I've been since the Megadrive headed off into the sunset.

Average Rating

5 Star
0%
4 Star
0%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *