Gibbous: A Cthulhu Adventure
A comedy cosmic horror adventure made in Transylvania. Darkham, with its crooked gambrel roofs, dark alleys, and a past shrouded in secrecy, never really was a welcoming place, but nowadays? Kooky cults are popping up everywhere, and that most evil book, the Necronomicon, is spoken of in trembling whispers once more. Detective Don R. Ketype is on the case to retrieve the mysterious evil tome, but unsuspecting librarian Buzz Kerwan stumbles upon it and accidentally transforms his cat, Kitteh, into a walking, talking abomination. Being humanized? Quite a downgrade. Gibbous is a comedy cosmic horror game - a modern adventure that is classically inspired, features gorgeous HD art, detailed traditional animation, and a lengthy story that will see the three protagonists travel around the world and deal with abominations both cosmic and human-made, voodoo, and Things That Should Not Be. From Lovecraft Country to Transylvania, set off on a quest to get a very cynical cat to stop talking.
Steam User 28
Gibbous has been sitting in my unplayed inventory for over a year. I recently needed a break from stealth and survival, so I decided to give it a whirl. It was just what the doctor ordered and brought back memories from the golden years of adventuring.
In the tradition of such classics as Monkey Island and Broken Sword, Gibbous is an animated point-and-click game with diverse characters, great voice-overs, silly inventory, and very clever dialog. While not a horror game, it uses elements from H.P. Lovecraft (which were familiar to me, having played Call of Cthuhlu).
The game is very dialog-heavy and I admit that I resorted to clicking through in ‘speed read’ mode. I also had to peek at a walkthrough a couple of times to figure out how to proceed. This, however, is part of the charm of this style of adventure (that is, inventory solutions that border on nonsensical). Where the game really shone for me was the dialog. There are cultural references, plays on words, rap lyrics, and self-deprecating comments about adventure gaming in general and Gibbous, in specific. I smiled often and laughed out loud on more than one occasion!
There is an automatic save but it is advisable to use the manual save in each chapter so that you will have a place to back up to if needed for missed achievements. Completionists are likely to require a guide, as most achievements are missable and several involve specific repetitive actions.
Gibbous is very entertaining and I recommend it to those who enjoy the point-and-click genre and take joy in puzzling their way to a surprise ending.
Steam User 9
As a girl from Romania I would hate myself if I would not recommend a game made by Romanians. Plus it's so super amazing, definitely a must play ♥
Steam User 3
One of the funniest and greatest adventure games I've played in a while, the puzzles are great, no moon logic here!
Steam User 2
This is a perfect 10. The art is amazing, the music is fantastic, the combination of cultures and lore is original, and the humor - in all its forms - is awesome. As someone who played the first Monkey Island games, Day of the Tentacle, Indiana Jones and other point & click puzzle games, the references and style of Gibbous were pure bliss. I can't wait for the sequel / next game coming from this studio and wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone, no matter their taste in games!
Steam User 2
I chose to play the whole game before reviewing because it had a very good start but I was afraid it would go the Truberbrook route and massively disappoint by the end
Suffice to say, I was wrong, Gibbous is pretty good
I could write an entire thesis on what I liked and, even more importantly, what has room for improvement, but I'll keep it short for the sake of the steam review
- Great visuals
- Fairly straightforward puzzles, never had to look up a guide
- An alright story with an alright progression and ending, it aint breaking any records but it kept the mistery going and the plot made sense
- An okay cast of characters
- Some very great lines with alright voice acting
- Some areas felt way less polished than others, I will not go into spoilers but I am looking at you "foreign country"
- Addendum to the above, sometimes the length of the puzzles per area fell a bit short
- Some voice acting was a bit grating
- Sometimes the writing felt a bit amateurish, especially the first few lines of dialogue one of the main character says after going home
- Some characters seemed to be filler, only appearing a few scenes and having next to no impact in the story
- Some characters reappeared weirdly having way too much impact in the story after seeming fairly forgettable
The cons are fairly minor though, the game felt like it was cohesive and smooth other than a few bumps in the road. I think a 7-8ish rating is accurate, depending on how merciful you are
Steam User 3
what a lovely game, graphics are cool with nice and colorful arts and the music is superb, really great atmosphere. That the kind's of adventure/ point & click games i'm looking for reminds of the old school games , i highly recommend it :) looking forward for future releases by same developers
Steam User 1
Fun Lovecraftian point-and-click game. Lots of good jokes and a good length.