Release Date: June 28th, 2013
Developer: Deck 13
Publisher: Nordic Games
Rated: M for Mature
Following up to the popular 2008 title, Jack Keane 2: The Fire Within is a sequel that continues the zany adventures of Jack Keane in his latest quest to acquire a legendary treasure. But can Jack Keane’s witty humor and classic point-and-click mechanic satiate modern day gamers?
Several years after Keane’s last adventure, he ends up in a notorious Shanghai prison after following the rumors of an extraordinary treasure. A shaman that guards the treasure knows of its location, but is reluctant to share its whereabouts due to the danger that seems to befall on all who covet it.
With the help from the shaman, Jack acquires the first piece of an amulet to help him locate the treasure. As he reunites with the lovely Amanda they set off on another grand adventure to recover the remaining pieces of the amulet and find the treasure.
The point-and-click mechanic in adventure games is as old or just as old as PC gaming itself; titles such as Lucas Arts’ Secret of Monkey Island is among the best and still holds up well, even today. Point-and-click is very self-explanatory, you view your current surroundings and use your mouse to move or click on intractable objects and people to solve fun puzzles and progress through the story.
What felt out of place was the fighting, hand-to-hand segments that plays like sort of like a turn-based strategy game where you use different stances to counteract you opponents attack and follow up with an attack of your own. Players won’t have an actual problem with these sequences it’s just that they don’t….pack much of a punch.
Even to those who haven’t touched a point and click adventure game will find it incredibly easy to pick up. You can use the mouse to do almost everything in-game or if you prefer you can also use the WASD keys to move while using the mouse to click on items and so forth.
Jack Keane 2 is definitely a visually pleasing, and great looking game. The settings and character models are stylized in a cartoony way that is complimented with colorful splashes of color that gives the world a life of its own.
The voice work isn’t the greatest, at most it’s mediocre, however if you happen to get stuck on a puzzle you will have to listen to the same line of dialog that gets terribly annoying fast. But throughout Jack’s misadventure the characters uses humorous dialog to bring genuinely funny moments where you look forward to what’s next.
Inviting and funny, Jack Keane 2: The Fire Within is a wonderfully enjoyable game. Its fleshed out world, vibrant scenery and easy to pick up controls are a great way to introduce new players to the tried-and-true mechanics while veterans will feel right at home. The puzzles will are varied, clever, and challenges players to think outside the box without being too difficult. Retro gamers and newcomers alike have plenty to look forward to in Jack Keane 2: The Fire Within.
Replay Ability: 3.5/5