Game news I Robbed The Russian Mafia And Met Baba Yaga On This French Road Trip
Today, I decided to take the road to Russia with Firebird, a road trip account written by FibreTigre, a French specialist in interactive fiction.
It’s hard to know if the long incarceration periods that began in 2020 have anything to do with this, but some time now I’ve noticed a boom in “road trip” games, those that take you on an adventure. in always unknown ways. .. We are sure to be invited to quick epics outside our four walls. I think of Road 96 in French from DixArt, which puts us in the shoes of a fugitive, in Where the Water Tastes Like Wine, which is more atypical of its urban legends; then later there is a very gentle road trip to the family Open Roads, the post-apocalyptic Dustborn, the more brutal, and finally the Firebird, which invites us to discover the story of Russia. The same theme allows us to travel around different universes and I have always found it strange. And then, long road trips always create a pretty magical timeless atmosphere. So when the Firebird demo was made available on the Steam platform, I rushed to launch it.
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Mariska and the mafia
At first glance, Firebird seems like an unpretentious narrative game. This was done by the editor of the public text at Ludogramme. The more dangerous hand -crafted illustrations are carefully and quickly reminding me of the comics of my childhood. There is no dubbing in the program. The music is clever, but it produces beautiful sounds on stringed instruments, somewhat mysterious. I read that the road trip would last one night; short narration experiences always seem so nice to me when they know how to eliminate unnecessary lengths. I met Mariska, a young trucker who seemed kind to me, but seemed troubled by the not-so-good deals of the Russian mafia.. The narration promises, the game talks to you like a book where you are the hero. The author is definitely there for something, it’s about FibreTigre, the confirmed creator of role -playing games. So naturally, I had a lot to look forward to in writing. So I composed this Mariska, passed on by her old partner Ivan to an unknown girl, almost deaf, whom she found on the side of the road.
The unnamed woman did not have a penny in her pocket, but said she wanted to bring food back to her small village in the far north of Russia. If Mariska takes him back there, he can leave with bear skins and white tiger. A completely illegal traffic, but it would help him pay off a huge debt to Tourguine, the big local mafioso that distributes fly contracts. Many issues were presented from the beginning and I can’t wait to find out how they make it happen in a little while. If the texts scroll first in the manner of a visual novel, a possible first option is offered to us, the players. And here aroused my interest: Turguin orders Mariska to hand her alipores Dimitri a sealed envelope that she forbids to open. In exchange for this service, he would tell her the location of the truck driven by his companion Ivan, which was full of slices of food that he had to take to the army.. And this food, maybe we can take back to the girl’s village. But Ivan is still a friend. And I also want to know what’s in the envelope. Do you see the dilemma?
A journey for many trails
Curiosity prevails: I invite Mariska to open the invisible envelope. Not surprisingly, it was filled with tickets. Out of fear, I told him to leave the package warm for fear of retaliation and hand everything over to Dimitri. He clearly noticed that the package was no longer sealed. The plague was still completely foolish. Either one or two, Tourguine was warned and Mariska’s truck was confiscated because everyone allowed her. Here he has no resources and a hell of chaos. And then the demo stopped. I only played fifteen minutes, so inevitably, with nothing done, I remained unsatisfied. But I decided to start a new game; this time, Mariska opened the envelope and kept the tickets to buy mountains of food. And there, the crazy adventure begins.
Mariska was driving like a whirlwind with a gold mine hidden in the trunk. This is the greater promise for achieving our goals. When he arrives at customs. Also able to take on the role of the fugitive with something to be ashamed of himself, he hurries, breaks the barrier and continues on his way to get ahead of the mafia that is probably already on his heels. I noticed that the truck lost a bit of its strength. In addition to the fuel and money Mariska saves, so there are three parameters I have to manage through the choices. This is what slightly complicates the interactions. Two destinations are offered: bridge or wooden hut. The second for me is the most interesting if not the safest. I clicked and there, Baba Yaga appeared on the screen. Yes, Baba Yaga the old witch, a recurring character in Slavic legends, was waiting for me, stirring his pot. No idea what he’s doing here, but the story is changing. So far, obviously I don’t know yet, the demo ends with his scratched face. But I hope to make other choices that will lead to the same unexpected paths. Right now, Firebird looks pretty cool to me.
Lovers of short narrative experiences, hand -drawn illustrations and Russian stories, Firebird is likely to please you. This 100% French game will be available in 2022 on the Steam platform.
- Download the Firebird Demo