Reviewed by Peter Mackay
.5 Days A Stranger
is a great adventure game from well-known AGS developer Ben 'Yahtzee' Croshaw. You take control of Trilby, a gentleman cat burglar who finds himself trapped in an english country estate known as the Defoe Manor. Quickly you discover you are not the only one trying to escape and that is when the murders begin.
Those familar with any Sierra or AGS game will feel right at home with the point and click interface. However even for the novice it only takes a couple of seconds to figure out.
The graphics are tight and consistent. There are several cut scenes throughout the game and they do a great job of adding to the tense atmosphere.
The writing is well-done, characters are developed through a clever use of dialogue and feel unique. While there are some jokes they are not overly used.
The puzzles work well, are quite logical while not too obvious. The team work element was a nice touch. The length will vary depending on experiencing but I would expect it to be in the range of 3-5 hours for most players. At under 2 megabytes its small enough to download even for the slowest of connections, a testament to the AGS engine.
Winner of 5 AGS awards it certainly speaks for itself: best gameplay, best game, best scripting, best dialogue and best puzzles for 2003. For adventure fans this one is a no brainer, even if you are not a fan of the genre I would still highly recommend giving it a go.
Name: 5 Days A Stranger
Developer: Yahtzee - Ben Croshaw
Reviewer: Peter Mackay