IN Chicken Police goosebumps are literal.
The obvious weakness of Chicken Police is that it is a detective story in the crowd. The greatest strength? That the aesthetics and world construction are completely unique. The game has not only been built with cynicism, jazzy tones and smoky bars but of feathers, sexy tails and literal goosebumps.
Chicken Police: Paint it Red begins a rainy New Year’s night in Clawville. Santino Featherland is a cop on dekis who only has 121 days left to retire. However, life has been tough on Sonny and rather than “the golden years”, he already seems ready for “the big sleep”. And just that, he’s a rooster.
Let’s tear off the patch at once. Chicken Police is nothing special in his whodunnit approaches. It’s a detective story with tired clichés, expected twists and a rather sloppy resolution. At the same time, it is unique. Because as you probably remember: Sonny is a rooster.
So is colleague Marty. The police chief is a grim bloodhound, behind the counter on Sonny’s favorite hook is a hardened raccoon and the nightclub owner who desperately needs our help is a seductive, secretive blue-gray cat. The team has not contented itself with placing animal heads on human bodies, but all races and species shine through. The Wild Gentlemen have gone a wild extra mile.
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What is it?
Hard-boiled detective with claws and poultry.
The Wild Gentlemen
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As with the cunning doctor, who is quite rightly a snake who likes to point out that as a predator he could bite the head of Sonny and Marty. During the rainy night, I fight again and again how carefully constructed the world is. I hear stories about the meat wars, about distant underwater nations and a district (The Hive) populated by swarms of insects where bodies can be dumped to never be seen again. We can probably imagine how they “disappear”.
Chicken Police is a visual novel, with sharp dialogues performed by voices that repeatedly creep under one’s skin. The black and white is sometimes interrupted by streaks of color and the soundtrack makes me spin. The “playful” is about handling interrogations and asking the right questions depending on personality traits: caressing the ego, walking carefully or squeezing hard.
The mystery is long enough (ten hours), and beyond dialogues and interrogations, New Year’s Eve is about the deck duo Sonny and Marty going around Clawville, clicking on the right clues, and drawing reasonable conclusions. It is seldom tricky and overall everything flows without unnecessary brake pads. In broad brushstrokes, however, the story of a cat woman’s vulnerability is unfortunately easily forgotten. It makes me sad then Chicken Police has the building blocks to be something amazing – everywhere.
However, when the morning dawns over Clawville, this is not what I remember. Instead, I am floored by the aesthetic approaches, entangled by the atmosphere, and engrossed in a menagerie of ensemble. Chicken Police is mundane and beautifully unique at the same time. However, the sequel (?) Requires more claws.
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