Deponia is a classic point-and-click adventure game developed by the German development studio Daedalic. You play Rufus; An egotistical daredevil with grandiose plans. Rufus lives on Deponia, a planet with islands made out of junk and with little clean fresh water.
There are three games in the Deponia series. In the first Rufus tries to get to Elysium, a floating paradise in the sky above Deponia. In the process he runs into the Organons, a militaristic type of people connected to Elysium. He also finds Goal, a beautiful girl from Elysium. Unfortunately, she is knocked out in an accident (which was not at all Rufus’ fault!).
I like both the style and the setting of Deponia. It is a humorous world with funny characters and dialogue. All screenshots in this post are from the first game (because I don’t want to spoil the story), but all three games follow this gorgeous cartoon-ish style. Rufus’ personality is testing at times but at the same time his complete discard for danger or consequences (to himself or to others) makes the world very liberating to play around in.
As I mentioned earlier, Deponia is a point-and-click adventure game which means you walk around, collect objects, and combine them with each other to create (more or less farfetched) solutions to obstacles. The solutions are often strange and made to make you laugh. It’s also important to listen to dialogue as the whole world is filled with hints.
The inventory system is a classic point-and-click inventory. Simple, full of items, and you of course have the option to combine the items with each other. Even if items can’t be combined, you are sure to get some funny dialogue out of it! If you have played for example Monkey Island or Day of the Tentacle you will feel right at home in Deponia.
There are three games in the Deponia-series where you will get to know Rufus and his struggle to get to Elysium. (My favourite is the second one, which contains a big city full of items!) You should definitely play the games in order as they have a distinct story, beginning to end, about Rufus’ adventures.
Worth to mention is that all three installments have minigames, especially the third game. But, if you don’t like minigames, they can all be skipped.
If you like point-and-click games, you should play Deponia. It is a great point-and-click that follow in the footsteps of old point-and-clicks both graphically and humoristically.
And if you haven’t played a classic adventure game before, try it! Maybe you will get just as swept up in the slow pace and the puzzlesolving as I do.