Lie, cheat and steal to appease the voice in your head!
The Knobbly Crook is a point-and-click adventure game with a healthy dose of quirky humor, much in the vein of the Monkey Island series. You play as O'Sirus the Snip in a flashback as he recounts a tale that ultimately landed him in trouble.
O'Sirus is following a spooky voice inside his head that's prompting him to get to the Knobbly Crook. Unfortunately, he's stuck on a boat headed the wrong direction. Your job is to figure out a way to change that.
As games of the point-and-click genre go, you should look at everything and probably talk to everyone. Paying attention to NPC dialogue is important to get clues, and it's fairly humorous most of the time as well. It's interesting that while there's full voice work for the dialogue, it's in a fictional language. I feel this helps to reinforce that the setting has rules, physics and lore unique to this world.
Like the setting and dialogue, the visual style of this title is also well done. It has a hand-drawn quality with lots of shadows and details and a slightly creepy-yet-wondrous charm that is satisfying to look at.
I don't have much in the way of complaints here, short of some slight difficulty interacting with the smaller objects. The game itself is a bit short, but that's intended as it's being released in chapters.
If you enjoyed the classic point-and-click titles of the '80s and '90s, check out The Knobbly Crook.