Video Game / The Raven
The Raven (or The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief) is a thrilling three part point and click
crime adventure game set in the early 1960s, which pays homage to the classic Agatha Christie
The central plot of the games circles around a legendary thief known as The Raven, who has supposedly return after he was apparently shot and killed many years ago while attempting to escape during a robbery, and has now set his eyes on two priceless jewels known as The Eyes of the Sphinx. But the real mystery is not only who The Raven really is, but even if this "Raven" is the original.
Released in 2013 by The Adventure Company, the three part game is available for download on the games official website or Steam.
This Game contains examples of:
- Brains and Brawn: Inspector Legrand is the brains to Constable Oliver's brawn. There's also a villainous example in that the Raven, in the form of Mr. Inch, is in reality a wounded veteran of WWII, so depends on the young, athletic Adil to provide the muscle to see his schemes through to completion. Subverted in that Adil is actually very bright and resourceful in his own right.
- The Butler Did It: Played with. The plot involves first a jewel theft and next a murder, both apparently committed by the shadowy Raven, later identified as the butler, Mr. Inch. Except not only was it not Inch who killed the baroness, Inch is eventually revealed not to be the Raven at all.
- Cool Train: The first part of the game is set on board the Orient Express.
- The Exotic Detective: More like detectives, since all three detectives are from different countries. Constable Zellner is Swiss, Inspector Legrand is French and Constable Oliver is British.
- Fair Cop: Inspector Legrand is rather handsome, especially compared to his two colleagues.
- Foreshadowing: At the beginning, Zellner makes a few comments about his theater group, and has an innocent conversation with Matt about acting - that it's more than just acting like the role you're playing, but becoming the role entirely. This may tip off a Genre Savvy player right away that he's not who he claims to be.
- The heart medication Zellner's daughter insists that he takes, which is the first item in the player's inventory yet has no apparent use in gameplay. His daughter turns out to be undercover as Ms. Mayers, and at the very end Zellner uses the medicine to tip Legrand off that he was The Raven all along.
- When threatening Adil, Mr. Inch says that one of the "necessary" things he would kill for it revenge. The whole scheme turns out to be his own revenge against the Raven.
- Friendly Enemy: The Raven's Calling Cards to Legrand were casual and often friendly, a style Mr. Inch twists to convince Legrand that he's the real one. During the plot, but before The Reveal, Zellner - who is the true Raven - shows genuine concern for Legrand pushing himself and his career over the edge to hunt him down. In his final letter, he beseeches Legrand to let the Raven die and focus on doing good work where its needed elsewhere.
- Gentleman Detective: Constable Zellner comes off as being one since he is very well mannered.
- Gentleman Thief: Deconstructed - the plot involves the titular Gentleman Thief returning, only to slowly be revealed to be a brutal sociopath who will stop at nothing, even putting people in harm's way, to get the attention he wants. And then reconstructed - the supposed Raven is a fake who is intentionally playing himself up as a thug to ruin the original's reputation. The true Raven is a devious but decent trickster who is as much there to stop a villain from hurting people as he is to clear his own name.
- Grand Dame: The Baroness Von Trebitz.
- Hannibal Lecture: Mr. Inch is very fond of these. He seems to be outright enjoying himself while attempting to convince Gebhardt to kill himself.
- Inspector Javert: Deconstructed with Inspector Legrand, who after shooting down The Raven, he still wasn't satisfied, even though it earned him fame among the police, believing that he had shot one of The Raven's many accomplices. And now that The Raven has "returned", he's working himself to the edge of breaking point.
- Mad Doctor: Dr Gebhardt kills the Baroness because she knew he had her sister killed, and the when Zellner discovers evidence of his guilt he tries to kill him too.
- She Knew Too Much: Dr Gebhardt's motive for killing the Baroness was because he had her sister turned over to the Nazis, and she recognized him from a photograph.
- Never My Fault: Gebhardt claims that the Jewish woman he initially saved from the Nazi's deserved to be killed by them because she cheated on him, though they don't seem to have been in an actual relationship. Both Inch and Adil peg this as a poor attempt to ignore his own guilt. Inch himself blames the Raven for his brother's death back when they were both Raven's henchmen, but the Raven himself later claims that it was Inch's own monstrous nature that put them into that situation.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Lady Clarissa Westmacott is Agatha Christie in all but name. Indeed, her surname, Westmacott, comes from one of Christie's pseudonyms (she used to write romance novels under the name Mary Westmacott). Zellner's notebook contains a list of Westmacott's best-known novels, the titles of which are all shout outs to real Christie novels.
- Punny Name: The villain's name is Alfred Inch. Shorten Alfred to Alf, and you get Alf Inch - Cockney rhyming slang for steal (Half Inch/'alf inch = Pinch).
- Scenery Porn: The views of the Alps during the first chapter are actually quite spectacular.
- Wham Episode: Halfway through Ancestry of Lies, Zellner discovers that "The Raven" is in fact Mr Inch, the Baroness's butler and his accomplice is Adil, the stowaway from the S.S. Linda. And that's not the wham that happens in the second game. During the end of the game, which take place in a flashback showing Adil's journey on the train to the cruise ship, once on the ship, he enters into a cabin which is revealed to be occupied by Miss Mayers, revealing that she is his lover and is also possibly working for Inch as well.
- The Reveal: Inch is not the Raven at all, "Constable Zellner" is the Raven, Patricia is the Ravens daughter and Adil is her fiance. The three of them were also playing literally everyone from the start.
- Worthy Opponent: Legrand has a great deal of respect for the thief he's been trying to catch for years, though he's also quick to suspect that the Raven has turned to thuggery in his obsession. Given The Reveal, it's clear that the Raven has an immense respect for Legrand as well, given Zellner's genuine praises and concern for him during the plot.