Lady Thalia and the Seraskier Sapphires

by E. Joyce profile and N. Cormier profile

Episode 1 of Lady Thalia
Humor, Crime, Historical

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Playful thievery, February 11, 2024

This is an intricate heist story where the player navigates branch-and-bottleneck structures to conduct a series of thefts. Strong writing supports the narrative while disguising the code running behind the scenes, and it feels like there are multiple ways to achieve your objectives.

Most of the player’s time is spent Getting People to Do What You Want — the main character flinches at describing it with a crass term like “manipulation.” It feels like a combat system for conversation (Convat? Combersation?), and success reveals useful information. In the evenings, that information helps the next heist run smoothly.

Lady Thalia is confronted with a few puzzles during her adventures, but players who find them too difficult can use alternate solutions. I especially liked the scoring mechanism, which is embedded in playful banter between friends.

Additional excitement comes from the interactions with Thalia’s nemesis, a consultant with Scotland Yard.

The overall enjoyment of this work is going to depend on personal preference; I may not be the world’s biggest fan of cucumber sandwiches, high tea, or drawing room repartee. However, those sequences were nicely offset by nighttime skullduggery and daring escapes from the law.

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Lance Cirone, February 11, 2024 - Reply
Hey, I remember this one! I enjoyed the game a lot, too. I'm playing the sequel right now, and I'd advise picking it up too: there is a lot more Thalia/Mel stuff there.
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