Film noir is my shameless pleasure. They feature ironic but unlikely heroes, oversized trench coats, and high and low detective thrillers. Chicken Police: Paint It, Red embodies all of the above, but with a twist, as the human head is replaced by anthropomorphic animals. It’s basically when Zootopia becomes an R-rated movie, with edgy chickens smoking and smoking everywhere.
Chicken Police: Paint It Red is a point-and-click adventure, with a focus on story-driven plots. The story is after counting the days before Sony Featherland, a detective at the Crowville Police Station, retires. He was half of the famous chicken police duo who solved some of Clover’s most notorious crimes. Today, Sunny spends most of her time at the bottom of the whiskey glass. But when a classy woman asks for help on New Year’s Eve, this all changes. He turned to his old crazy gun-loving partner and Marty McChicken, the other half of the chicken police, for help because the case was too big to handle one chicken. When they last saw each other, it wasn’t the best condition …
The story is great without going into the realm of spoilers. It felt like a real detective novel, with social and political commentary hidden throughout, and I personally enjoyed it. Sure, there are some predictable plot points, but this doesn’t take anything away from good storytelling or conversation, it’s important. The characters are also top notch, and Sonny is my favorite character with his ironic remarks and moody views. Although all characters are impressive in their own way.
Gather information by interacting with characters in various places, such as greasy dinners and fashionable clubs. You can use point-and-click mechanics to approach and interact with characters in these locations and start conversations with them. The types of animals you encounter range from mob boss mice to police bloodhound chiefs to charming soulful singing cats.
Conversations come in different forms and are available at different times in the game. They range from simply good old chatting to asking them for general information and their very important questions. You can only ask the relevant character, and often how to move on to the next part of the game.
The question is where is most of the gameplay. Examine the character and collect information about the incident. Although you can only ask a limited number of questions at the beginning of a question, certain questions collect impressions from the suspect, and every impression you get adds a new line of questions.
But you want to set the suspect aside, so you need to be careful not to spoil it. Your success is indicated by the detective meter. If your detective skills have not reached scratch, you may eventually fail the question. This may sound easy, but surprisingly, different characters react unexpectedly to some lines of the question. And buttering them doesn’t always give the best results. So when it comes to what questions you ask, don’t be a chicken. At the end of every question, your detective effort will be ranked from 5 stars. Sure, not all the questions got the perfect score, and I could see them replaying the game to get the perfect chicken run.
Throughout the game, you can move to a new location or return to a previous location for a limited time. If you want to see everything that’s offered, you can go back to the limited scenes while working on the main storyline, chat more characters, and collect collectable merchandise. There are also occasional mini-games, such as shaking off a gun at the shooting range. If you continue the main story, you can finish the game in a reasonable number of hours, but if you really want to get the most out of your experience, we recommend going to all side locations as well. The more I played, the more I was drawn into plots and mysteries.
Visually, the game stands out with a unique black-and-white filter that exemplifies a classic noir background. The game utilizes both 2D and 3D illustrations to give the entire experience a vintage cinematic tone. Overall, ironically, it provides a realistic approach to character and world design. Personally, I’m very grateful for the gritty atmosphere, as opposed to the interaction of animals to create a friendly tone.
This involves a spot-on voice actor that sounds faithful to the character. To be honest, if you don’t have enough voice actors, the whole experience can be weakened. Fortunately, this didn’t happen. In fact, this is probably some of the best voice acting I’ve heard in indie games for a long time. The jazz soundtrack also helped set the mood for many events in the game.
When I started playing Chicken Police, I didn’t know what to expect. Please paint it in red. But now I want to make chicken noir a unique genre. This unique detective experience allows you to enter a strange yet memorable world where coffee is cold and crime is even colder. I often found myself clicking on everything I could because I wanted to absorb everything the game offered. Some people may find the pace of the game slow with point-and-click gameplay, but if you can look back on the past, you can have a good time.
Chicken Police: Paint it red! PS4 review
- Overall-great- 8.5 / 10
8.5 / 10
Chicken Police – Paint it RED has a great story, a memorable character, and an unforgettable atmosphere. If you’re not sick of point-and-click exploits and are a fan of the classic Noir story, this is definitely the game you should go for a sting operation.
- Excellent storytelling
- Characteristic black and white background
- A memorable character
- Magnificent voice actor
- Some plot points are on the predictable side
- Some may be postponed due to point and click gameplay
Review Disclaimer: This review was performed using a copy of the game provided by the publisher. Read the review policy for more information.
I reviewed it using PS4 Slim.
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