January 28, 2023

From 2010 to 2014 Richard Cobbett (opens in new tab) wrote Crapshoot, a column about rolling the dice to expose random games. This week a detective mystery you might call the Dark Souls of adventure games… except at least Dark Souls had a decent translator on its side.

Consider the bullet well and truly bitten. Maupiti Island is one of those games that has been on my list for years, and I mean that literally. Knowing that it is obsessed with it. To actually play it, well, that’s another matter. To decipher its secrets, and I don’t even mean in terms of plot, it practically takes a Rosetta Stone – along with the standard adventurer supply of a very large bag of Malteasers. It only takes 10 minutes to finish, but it could be a matter of months or even years to get to the point where you can legitimately do that… and have a sense of what’s going on.

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