As a sucker for point-and-click adventure games, I knew I had to buy this budget title when it popped up on the Wii U eShop, even if only to vote with my dollars for more representation for the genre. Luckily, I actually got a pretty fun little experience out of it.
The Quiet Collection is a compilation of four short adventure games that had previously been released separately for PC and mobile devices:
The games all feature the same main character – a little girl who must sabotage her annoying family’s noisy activities in order to get some peace and quiet. It looks like this:
It wouldn’t be entirely inaccurate to use the word “ugly” to describe the art design here. It turned me off pretty hard at first, reminding me of the shitty free flash games I used to play on kongregate.com to pass the time at work. But it eventually charmed me, especially the neat Little Computer People-esque layout of the suburban house setting.
Speaking of that suburban house, you’d damn well better get used to it, because it is the setting for three of the four included games here. You would think that would get old quick, but since two of the games are holiday themed, there are enough changes to make each experience feel unique. The Halloween game (Candy, Please) is especially ambitious, adding a cool costume-construction quest…
…as well as a fun little pumpkin-carving minigame:
I made my pumpkin look like the Nirvana logo!
This installment not only offers an interesting new environment to explore, but it also goes the furthest in offering sidequests and minigames to inject a little variety into the experience. This is most striking when you enter the Arcade, where you can play three generic versions of classic arcade games, as well as a really frustrating crane game. These little games are not just there as sideshow attractions, but also play a role in the larger quest, which is pretty cool.
The gameplay, as you might expect, is in the classic point-and-click tradition of exploring, solving puzzles, and using items on other items. The puzzles are significantly more tricky and complex than you might expect, and a few of them had me scratching my head for quite a while. My biggest complaint is that your character can only carry one item at a time. Not only does this lead to a lot of pointless running back and forth but, since you have to abandon one item to pick up another, shit ends up randomly strewn all over the place and it’s often a pain in the ass to find the specific thing you’re looking for. The experience would benefit greatly from some sort of personal inventory system, and it blows my mind that the developers got four games deep into this series without realizing that. Other than that, I really don’t have much bad to say about this title, and I ended up plowing through it over the course of two gameplay sessions.
In addition to being on the Wii U eShop, the individual games here are also available for a variety of platforms, but at $4.99 this collection seems to be the most cost-effective way to grab them. And you should, because The Quiet Collection is a cheap, quick little diversion for anyone on the lookout for an enjoyable adventure experience.
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