|Emotions came through the post in a chunky white pseudo-video style box with a home-printed and rather badly designed slip-in cover. The installation process was easy and neat from the 3 HD discs, and ran with no difficulty on my Risc PC.
I was pleasantly surprised by the intro sequence, which runs in high resolution with Artworks-style graphics and a very distinct Day of the Tentacle look. The music throughout this intro, which tells the story of Henky-Penky's search for emotions, is quite good, with some tasty electric guitar. Indeed, I watched the intro a few times.
Unfortunately, this enthusiasm was quickly dampened when the menu screen popped up. Back to chunky old Mode 13, with 320x256 graphics, and an awkwardly non user-friendly menu system. The game apparently supports a number of resolutions to play in, but these don't go very high; 388x272 I think was the highest available.
The game itself looks OK. It is a healthy platform puzzle game, and apparently works well, but it does not inspire gameplay. After having twice been told 'game over' because I had walked somewhere I shouldn't have (with no warning to this effect) whilst halfway through a huge and tedious puzzle, I was forced to give up. The screenshots make it seem a far more in-depth game than a few levels might suggest, but to get to them involves more effort than I could commit.
There are some nice little touches throughout the game, such as the mountains of cartoon blood that fly out of enemies as you waste them with the chainsaw, machine gun and other weapons, but the rate at which these appear is low and it does appear at times to be a struggle to get to the next 'nice touch'.
An interesting facility is yeilded to anyone that cares to delve into the confuration files; the game has the ability to use your own playlists and play your favourite tracker music behind the game, among other things; there are plenty of things to play around with.
Emotions has received a lukewarm reception elsewhere, and it's not really surprising, as despite the obvious amount of work put in by the authors, it really is not as much fun to play as some PD offerings. When one considers that there are so many timeless classics sitting in the bargain bins for around the £10 mark, it makes products like Emotions seem less attractive. That said, afficionados of the platform genre could appreciate the real challenge posed by the puzzles.