It’s fair to say that Great Britain did not have the greatest of years, the main reason for that was the country’s split decision to leave the EU. With an uncertain future lying ahead, what better way to settle your nerves then sitting at the Xbox with a nice cup of tea, and starting up Her Majesty’s SPIFFING. This new point and click offering from Billy Goat Entertainment provides fun but simple puzzles, overloaded with British humour, that will guarantee you (if you’re British at least) a laugh or two along the way.
Her Majesty’s SPIFFING: Xbox One [Reviewed], PlayStation 4, PC
Developer: Billy Goat Entertainment Ltd
Publisher: Billy Goat Entertainment Ltd
Release Date: 14 December 2016
Price:£14.99 [Disclosure: Game Copy Provided by Developer/Publisher]
After Britain’s bizarre decision to leave the EU, the Queen decides it is time to expand the empire elsewhere, in outer space to be exact. You take on the role of Frank Lee English (yes, really) and his co-pilot Aled Jones (because what name could have been more generically Welsh?) as you search out a new planet to claim for Queen and country. If you’re easily offended by British or Welsh stereotypes (or French for that matter, as they come into the game later on) then this probably isn’t the game for you, but go in with a sense of humour and an open mind, there’s a lot of fun to be had for you here.
Her Majesty’s SPIFFING‘s gameplay is focused around usual point and click interactions, and using and combining items in order to solve simple puzzles. Everything you can interact with has four options – interact, talk, use inventory item or examine, doing this normally ends up in either progression forward with the story in some way or a quirky remark from our loveable main character. Your inventory is easily accessible, and the items in the world that you can interact with are obvious to see, so you won’t be struggling. The puzzles that you solve with these items are never too difficult, although some trial and error may come in handy later on in the game, however, simply interacting everything with everything else should help you to progress through the parts you become stuck on.
Her Majesty’s SPIFFING thrives on British humour, which is laughable and intentionally cliché for those of us that are British, but it may slightly alienate some of our foreign friends. References to cancelling BBC3, eating Weetabix in the morning and the annoying paperclip from Microsoft Word may be understood by some but not all gamers, while the rest of the humour can still be enjoyed by all players. The game spends a lot of time making fun of itself and the genre in general, such as seeing a dilemma that will end in a puzzle being an inevitable end to the scene. The fact that the game never takes itself too seriously is one of the best things about Her Majesty’s SPIFFING and will likely keep you entertained throughout its entire duration.
The actual time it takes to finish the game is only a couple of hours at a push, but if you wish to get 100% of the achievements, you might need another quick playthrough, which will take even less time. Combining frogs and cheese, throwing tea over Aled and trying to figure out whether Schrodinger’s Cat is alive or dead are just some of the fun tasks you’ll have to complete for achievements, and even the short length of the game is made fun off with the last achievement, “This is all we could afford“. Even though it’s short, Her Majesty’s SPIFFING‘s world is bright, bouncy, colourful and appropriately cartoony, which seems to match well with this genre. The music is similarly upbeat and is a perfect accompaniment to a game that will make you smile a lot.
Her Majesty’s SPIFFING is a unique point and click experience, that provides you with a very short yet very enjoyable experience. The bouncy nature coupled with the simplistic puzzles and gameplay makes this a perfect way to spend a couple of hours, and if you want to take a bit more time with it then you can, but it will probably only be to earn the games remaining achievements. The fact that the only real problem with the game is that it’s too short in length is the biggest compliment I could give it, and maybe the humour will alienate our cousins abroad, but don’t let that be the reason you don’t play this game. Grab yourself a brew and settle in for the ride!