“ Published by Kemco, this a two-in-one games package where you take the role of a private detective in prohibition era United Sates. They are done in a point and click format, and are for the Game Boy Colour. „
As the name of this title implies; "Deja Vu I & II" includes a sort of two for one deal, though this is no more than a simple marketing ploy to lure unsuspecting buyers. In actuality, there are two separate "cases" to work through which are both controlled and executed in a similar fashion.
"Deja Vu" is what appears to be a mystery type adventure game. Players work as a private investigator to solve two individual cases. The first case revolves heavily around having amnesia and trying to reclaim personal identity whereas the second case, after rediscovering the detective's identity, works towards meeting with an underground mobster.
Gameplay has a slight learning curve to those not familiar with "point and click" style games. The game itself is presented in first person view, giving a view of whatever area the character may be in. From this there is a list of graphical icons to "click" on, executed by pressing the "A" button, and interacting appropriately with the object. If a player wishes to open a door, for example, the player would click the appropriate "open door" icon and further click the door he or she wishes to open. There is a cursor, similar to a computer mouse visual, which the player guides using the arrow keys. As one may tell, there is a very tedious procedure in "doing" the most simple in tasks. Text is also featured prominently throughout gameplay so the player must be prepared to read extensively.
There are no actual animations in this title. The producers presented this game through still images, which allowed for very detailed and colourful drawings. I particularly liked this measure as objects were drawn with precision and showed much effort in implementation. I found, however, that there were some excessively coloured areas which did not merit the chosen design (for example purple ceilings).
Audio was somewhat inappropriate for the "mysterious" factor of this title. I found the music to be rather light-hearted, happy and almost comedic in style. This certainly does not compliment the dark scenarios in which the main character finds himself in. The only obvious sound effect was a beeping type sound with each "click".
"Deja Vu" would more likely appeal to an adult player. It's age rating I feel is rather low, as it was given the "E" label to deem it suitable for "Everyone". There are numerous mature themes throughout the title, including but not limited to suicide, criminal activity and the propagation of small arms. It's unlikely that a child would find enjoyment in this game due to the frequent areas of extended reading but I wouldn't suggest this game as suitable for a vulnerable mind.
I actually asked for this game to be put in the list, so I feel I better write about it. I bought this game a while back, when I took Pokemon Blue back (I won one in a competition, so i didn't need it). My favourite games are RPG's and point and click games and this one sounded good! The game is a two in one, game boy color game. You get number one and two on the same cartridge. So I thought value for money aswell! You take the role of Ace Harding, private detective in Deja Vu 1. You search the towns, streets, alleys and buildings of chicago searching for a cure for your amnesia and a killer who has framed you for a brutal murder. It is an easy game to control, but it is a very hard game. You can lose the game or die on several different occasions, poisoning yourself, getting shot by a mugger (after you send him packing with a punch to the face three separate times), get arrested by the police, be shot by a buxom blonde (who you can't seem to remember, but she knows you too well), dying from a severe headache (due to your amnesia) and falling down a whole in the road ("you didn't see the danger sign")! This is an interesting game which is very appealing and you don't want to put it down till you finished (which is why I eventually got a guide, just to actually get the game started!). When you eventually cure your amnesia and find the one who framed you, you uncover a few loose strings that gradually unravel into Deja Vu 2. Trapped in the slimy town of Las Vegas, you find yourself dealing with a notorious mob leader who makes you an offer you can't refuse. The guy who was killed (and you nearly got framed for his murder) owes the mob leader 12,000 dollars and seen as the last person to see him was you, he thinks you've got his money, so he says get it "or else"! The graphics are very good for a Game Boy Color game and the sound and music are really good for a Game Boy game. The detail in these games ar
e incredible, the games are challenging and exciting, and I recommend them to anyone really, especially if you like RPG's.