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 mystery adventures.
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.
- 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.
- Gentleman Detective: Constable Zellner comes off as being one since he is very well mannered.
- Grand Dame: The Baroness Von Trebitz.
- 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 killed people she knew (possibly relatives of hers) 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 killed people she had known.
- 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.