Broken engines, flying cows, insubordinate subordinates, missing scientists and national rivalries? All in a day’s work for Frank English who, let’s be Frank, is probably the cause for all of it anyway. And speaking of work, he’s the only one who does any! So get ready for fun, adventure and slapstick in this Kickstarter indie game from developer BillyGoat Entertainment: Her Majesty’s SPIFFING!
A hilariously gut-busting good time wrapped around a point and click adventure game filled with jokes, comic mischief, pop-culture references and a tongue-in-cheek sense of humour with a “u’. The cartoonish 3D game, which is pleasantly reminiscent of Wallace and Gromit, is set aboard the starship HMSS: Imperialise 2 where the crew is never too afraid to break the fourth wall and engage in witty banter as they embark on their mission, handed down directly from Her Majesty The Queen, to explore the galaxy and discover a new world to expand the newly reformed Autocracy.
Much of the game (which isn’t actually all that much at all) is spent with the player attempting to solve mediocre puzzles which rely heavily on location memory and item juggling. Running back and forth across the ship to collect, examine and combine items to unlock the next step of the quest seems oversimplified at first but quickly becomes a brain teaser as some item combinations will leave you simply confused. There’s no shame in using google when even the playable character mentions it.
Despite how much fun you can have playing Her Majesty’s SPIFFING, it’s surprisingly short. Ridiculously so. Almost as if it’s another joke in itself. Even if you find the puzzles to be extremely challenging and you bang your head against the wall because your slow internet isn’t bringing up the walkthrough fast enough, the game can be completed in a matter of hours. The achievements and trophies are relatively straightforward and involve almost no extra effort at all, many of which are simply more jokes, and can make your next play through even shorter. If you’ve already gone through the story once, it’ll take you no more than a half hour to forty-five minutes to rush through and complete the story all over again while gathering up those previously missed achievements and chuckles. With a price tag of 15 quid ($19 U.S.), it almost doesn’t seem worth buying as you’ll likely never play it again. However, BillyGoat Entertainment seems like a promising developer and spending the money on this game may allow them to make a better product next time around but it’s really just a shot in the dark.