Game: Absolutely - A True Crime Story

Time to Play: 5 - 10 minutes

In Absolutely, you are a drug dealing Keanu Reeves who has been accused of a murder YOU DIDN’T COMMIT. It’s time to clear your name, whilst providing drugs to all the nearby school children.

Yep.

There are a lot of free games on the internet. Certain game making software has enabled makers to create simplified games with relative ease. One such software is RPG Maker, which has been used to create 100’s of titles you can buy on Steam. Absolutely is created using RPG Maker, uses stock assets, and by all accounts is a cheap knock-off job.

What distinguishes Absolutely from these games however, is that it uses the framework to act as a direct parody to those PRG Maker games.

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The game could be seen as just an asset flip, however it’s sheer ridiculousness makes it worth playing. Keanu Reeves becomes a little 16-bit sprite with anime-hair. The lady behind the counter transforms into a giant dragon when she challenges you for… I’ll let you figure that bit out.

Absolutely – A True Crime Story is a game made by a couple of developers that worked on The Stanley Parable and The Beginners Guide. It’s not quite had the attention given to it that those games have, but I think it’s masterful in its absurdity. Despite being only 5-10 minutes long, it manages to fit in a lot of dumb shit, and frequently made me laugh because of it.

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It’s the video game equivalent of a 6-year old recreating a scene from Die Hard, that he really shouldn’t have watched but it was on TV. With added drugs.

So, my questions for you today are:

  • What other ridiculous parody games have you played?
  • Have you ever tried to use RPG Maker before? How did it go?
  • Best Keanu Reeves movie?