Unforeseen Incidents – Beautifully Imperfect – Our Review

We’ve been following Unforeseen Incidents here on Get Indie Gaming since around June 2016 when the first teaser trailer popped out.  The thing that struck us then as it still does today is its distinctive sketch like artsyle with muted colour tones. It’s all rather beautiful and almost certainly designed to be purposefully imperfect.

At it’s heart, Unforeseen Incidents is a good old classical point-and-click adventure game wrapped together with a heart dose of conspiracy undertones.  It tells the story of a one stop light small town, a deadly epidemic and the Handy Man Harper Pendrell,  who finds himself at the forefront of the story.

Unforeseen Incidents

Harper isn’t your traditional hero type. He’s pretty much happy to do as little as possible, to coast though life on a day to day basis and getting by with minimal effort and societal contribution. That is until he comes across a girl dying in the street who asks him to deliver a mysterious letter. Having accepted, this sets things in motion bringing Harper closer and deeper into the unfolding mystery.

While that all sounds somewhat grim and heavy, Unforeseen Incidents features some of the most enjoyable, well though out and darn right funny dialogue of any point-and-click adventure in recent times. As perhaps expected, Harper has the best of the writing throughout with many pithy one liners and pointed observational comedy. 

Another high point comes from the voice acting. Matthew Curtis takes the lead and delivers point perfect timing and delivery of Harper’s gags. Jessica Carroll does a wonderful job as the reporter Halliwell. All of the other chatters without exception are superbly done.  There’s not a off performance in there at all which for indie games, is highly commendable.

For some, Unforeseen Incidents might fall into the dull elements of  point-and-click territory where the puzzles and their solutions feel out of step with reality. Every once in a while Harper doesn’t let you solve a problem until the correct dialogue pattern has been triggered. At times as a person, he’s also an odd one to figure out. He’s more than happy to smash in some windows and yet for example he won’t break into someones car.

Sure, these are the usual elements to this genre although we feel for the most part the team at Backwoods Entertainment have pulled this one off. Unforeseen Incidents has more than its share of charms. It looks beautiful and some of the puzzles are genuine fun and challenging in equal measure.

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If we had one more criticism, the loading time between screens is really rather long where at times we thought the game had frozen. It might also have helped if Harper also didn’t stroll around with the speed of a gent on the waiting list for hip replacement surgery. That said, this might very well just be Harper being him, after all he’s not the most driven of people and yet give the situation, a dose of urgency at times might have been called for.

While these issues are picking at the holes, they are not something that overly demised the experience of our play through. We can honestly hand on heart say this one is one of the best point-and-click titles we’ve played in a long time and are happy to give it the Get Indie Gaming seal of approval.

Unforeseen Incidents is out now on Windows, Mac and Linux, for £15.50/$20/20€, on Steam, GOG, and Humble.

While Blackwoods Entertainment did offer the gift of a review key, we purchased the game from Steam independently before this rather kind offer bounced into our mailbox.

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