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The Origin of Madame Time

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Episode 2 of The Owl Consults Extended Universe
Superhero
2018

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Emminently likeable, July 10, 2019
by Victor Gijsbers (The Netherlands)
Iím not a fan of superheroes. Perhaps you need to be at least a little bit sympathetic to the American libertarian/frontier mentality to enjoy fictions about this one guy who can go and solve problems that society as a whole canít fix! Or maybe itís just that I didnít grow up with superhero comics. My childhood was defined by the Flemish comic Suske & Wiske, in which one of the good guys, Jerom, is as preternaturally strong as any superhero. But the writer ends up devising ever more complicated ways of getting Jerom out of the story, because his entrance solves every possible problem immediately. Boring. Thatís why superheroes need supervillains, I guess, but then why bother going to the level of super?

Also: why bother with this introduction? Well, only to point out that it is entirely irrelevant to my appreciation of The Origin of Madame Time, since MathBrushís effort is not in fact a superheroes game. Of course, it looks like one. Itís chock full of superheroes! But theyíre all frozen in time, so theyíre not doing anything; and you yourself do not have any special powers that you can use to solve the problems you are confronted with. Admittedly, you have the power to unfreeze time, which is spectacular enough. But you can only use it after solving the problems, not in order to solve them. So we end up with a very human puzzle game, even if it is set in colourful surroundings and uses a plethora of what are, for all means and purposes, magic items. There is not a single action sequence Ė we are light years removed from the Earth and Sky series.

The Origin of Madame Time ends up being a game that I find very easy to like. The puzzles arenít trivial, but they wonít stump a seasoned adventurer. The setting and the set of characters are memorable. The implementation is top notch, and the humour is light but effective. It doesnít break new ground, but it makes me smile. Since I assume that that is precisely its main purpose, I would declare it a clear success.