Deponia Is The Biggest Pile Of Trash I've Ever Had The Pleasure Of Escaping

Stranded on a world that's literally one gigantic garbage dump, the adventurous Rufus dreams of escaping his sub-lower-class life to live among the world's elite in a gleaming floating city in the clouds. He'll probably kill himself first, the idiot.

Adventure gaming fans will surely recognise the name Daedalic Entertainment, the creators of gorgeous hand-crafted games like the Edna and Harvey series and The Whispered World. In an industry where much of the big money comes from 3D blockbusters, this German developer keeps the 2D point-and-click dream alive in masterful fashion.

What traditional adventure games lack in action they make up for in character and story, and Daedalic's latest effort, the wonderfully bizarre and twisted Deponia, is a prime example. Only in a point-and-click could such a completely hopeless and hapless figure rise from mediocrity to slightly less mediocre, and nowhere else would his incredibly slow and low-to-the-ground meteoric rise be so damn entertaining.

The game begins with Rufus attempting to cobble together his latest attempt to escape the trash heap he lives on. It actually seems like an exciting place to live, but our hero's living situation isn't exactly idyllic. He's shacked up (in an actual shack) with his girlfriend Toni, a mean-spirited, chain-smoking store owner that would probably be a lot easier to live with if Rufus had some sort of job and wasn't technically her ex-boyfriend. Toni's only source of amusement is watching Rufus damage himself attempting to get away, which makes the whole situation depressingly familiar.

After gathering the usual array of convoluted adventure game equipment necessary to make his rocket escape pod launch, Rufus' rocket escape pod, of course, malfunctions, stranding him on a passing ship from the shining city of Elysium. His goal within reach, Rufus throws it all way to save a beautiful Elysian princess named Goal, and by throw it all away I mean throwing both of them off the ship, right back where he started from.

Back in the trash pile the townspeople have found the unconscious woman and men are lining up to harbor the refugee in their homes. No one believes Rufus' side of the story -- he's the town's explosive and dangerous laughingstock. And so he sets about to helping Goal wake up and rescuing her from any trouble she might be in. And if that gets him a one-way ticket to the city in the sky, then so be it.

But then he goes and falls in love with her unconscious body.

Deponia ($US19.99) [Steam]


    when I saw the title of this article I almost passed it over thinking that you were talking about a really crappy game that I have not heard of. I only read it becaus I was a bit bored. A lot of people like me who have not seen anything about this game would not realise that the title of the article is a contextual joke. Maybe you guys should be a bit careful about that .

      I agree, I thought this was about a bad game that wasn't worth playing when I read the title.
      Still ended up reading it anyway though, so I guess no harm done.

      This looks very cool though, reminds me of the 3rd Monkey Island in it's awesome illustrated style.

      What is with all you half-wits complaining about every title?

        Well I agree there are too many people complaining about stupid shit on this site, but I think this complaint actually has some merit.

    I plan to get this game, but apparently it has a huge cliffhanger. So I'm waiting for a bundle on steam.

      thanks for the headsup

      as a child growing up with lucasarts adventure games, kinda refreshing seeing adventure genre didn't die out completely

      Sequel hasnt even come out in Germany yet though, so... you'll be waiting a mighty long time for that

        Might cave in and buy it at a sale then.

        Then I might cave in and buy it at a steam sale :p

          Haha, dooooo iiiiit! It's a great game :D

          Also you can pick up boxed version for like $25, not exactly bank breaking

    I really like the art style, I might check it out later.

    Picked this up the other day and it's excellent. Haven't gotten very far, I absolutely refuse to look up a walkthrough when I get stuck so I spend a lot of time without accomplishing much. It's very reminiscent of Monkey Island 3, mostly because of the art style but Rufus is quite a similar character to Guybrush, and I'm ok with that. If you like a good point and click adventure game, definitely pick this up.

    Faliing in love with her unconscious body....that sounds really sinister....

    I spent most of the game trying to find puzzle solutions that involved 'being a better boyfriend' or 'cleaning up and acting resposibly'. Needless to say, these failed, but they gave me hope for my humanity.

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