Dontnod Entertainment created something magical back in 2015 when they released Episode 1 for Life is Strange titled Chrysalis. Throughout the five episodes encompassing Season One and the three episodes released as a prequel in Before the Storm, we became emotionally involved and attached to three teenage girls, Max Caulfield, Chloe Price, and Rachel Amber. Their life, struggles, relationships, emotions, and decisions were all important pieces to the puzzle and left lasting impressions on not just us, but gamers around the world.
Title: The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit
Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: Dontnod Entertainment
Available On: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Reviewed On: PC
Release Date: June 25, 2018
Game Downloaded Freely for the Sake of This Review
My personal Game of the Year from 2015, Life is Strange was a beautiful experience from top to bottom that is still hard to beat to this very day. Now with the sequel, Life is Strange 2, on the horizon, Dontnod Entertainment and Square Enix have pulled off another brilliant piece of the puzzle. A stand-alone chapter that ties the first season together with the second has just been released, completely for free. The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit has hidden clues which will guide players into Life is Strange 2, for those who pay attention. Just know that this game is really, really short.
Telling the story of one particular day in the life of a ten year old boy named Chris, The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit is set in Beaver Creek, Oregon. Whether this is actually Beavercreek, Oregon (no space like in the game) remains to be seen, but we could be dealing with another fictional city just like Arcadia Bay was to Season One. Without diving too much into spoiler territory since the journey is so short, Chris is dealing with some emotional stress and anxiety in his life, and he finds comfort thanks to his imagination and superheroes. Coming up with a cool costume, which players are somewhat in control of, is all part of the fun is transitioning into Captain Spirit.
From there, the game plays exactly as you would expect from something set in the Life is Strange universe. You are free to roam around and explore the inside and outside of Chris’ house, interact with objects, play with your toys, help your father Charles clean up the house, and get bits and pieces of information which may or may not come into play again this September when we see Life is Strange 2. Guiding you along to give some sense of direction is a Captain Spirit Checklist, which gives hints and clues as to objectives for Chris to do throughout this hour-and-a-half journey.
You can customize your outfit and eventually paint it, play a mini-game on your father’s phone if you manage to figure out the unlock code (hint: it’s absurd and we had to look it up to figure it out as there were zero hints we were able to find), take out the evil Snowmancer and Water Eater, do battle with Mantroid’s evil minions, and eventually travel off to Mantroid’s distant planetary home.
The number of objects to interact with inside and outside of the house is a little excessive for such a short game, with some of them seeming to serve little to no purpose, but those who enjoy seeing and doing everything in a game will surely get a lot of pleasure from trying to find every little thing to examine.
The soundtrack is extremely strong, as you would expect. Utilizing licensed tracks and music, you can even put on an old record in your father’s bedroom, lie down on the bed, and just zone out listening to music. Now that’s speaking my language!
The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit is a quick thread which ties together the plot between Life is Strange and Life is Strange 2. We’re hoping we get to see more of Chris this September, because we definitely feel as if his story has yet to be concluded.
7.0 / 10