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Quick Look: Black Closet

There may be some skeletons...heck there may be some bodies in this closet but it's all for the greater good.

Sit back and enjoy as the Giant Bomb team takes an unedited look at the latest video games.

Oct. 7 2015

Cast: Vinny, Austin

Posted by: Vinny

In This Episode:

Black Closet

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hassun • 

Classic Gendo pose.

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Edited By ArtisanBreads • 

Crazy they are Quick Looking this game. I've been looking at making a Visual Novel with Ren'Py (free software for this purpose) and this was one of the more interesting games made with it. I don't love the setting but the general idea is awesome in a Persona-ish way. I also really like the idea of more strategically running an investigation.

EDIT: came out of this video actually going to buy the game I think, after looking at it for a while. The style and tone is kind of weird but as you go on there's some cool moments, the characters seem pretty interesting (even if they look crazy), and I didn't realize how procedurally generated it is. I was also thinking it was a short game like Austin thought but he said it's pretty long. Well I'm going to get this sooner or later.

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Tr0n • 

Another boring game Quick Look. Really scraping the barrel here ey?

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Well judging from the still image on this video I already fucking hate this game!

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ateatree • 

"You may now Harass Ellen."

I'd say something about that looking really bad out of context, but I'm not sure the context makes it any better...

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This game's pretty good. It gets dark and kinda lovecraftian later on.

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Vampire Dolly Parton is the best description of a person since cloned Cumberbatch taken out of the vat too early.

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mbr2 • 

One sentence long diatribe based on watching 5 mins of a video.

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HatKing • 

Did I miss something or is there just about two minutes of dead air at the end of this QL?

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Picnic at Hanging Rock with Vampire Dolly Parton? I'm damn near sold...

Loved Long live The Queen but had a look on Steam. £14.99? I'll wait for the inevitable Humble Bundle.

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Edited By damonkey64 • 

Too bad this isn't on Android or IOS, I think it would do well. Anyone know of a comparable game on either of those two platforms. I just don't see myself playing this at home with access to other PC and PS4 games, but if I'm on the go this would be a good time filler.

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Edited By schnoo • 

Can it really be D&D without MRDR HOBO?

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I'm truly enjoying these Vinny and Austin Quick Looks. Good energy and the banter doesn't seem forced.

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Edited By ArtisanBreads • 

@damonkey64: the only comparable game that has an iOS version that I have seen is King of Dragon Pass and it's not an exact comparison. Those are the only games that meld story, strategy, and simulation in this same kind of way. But this game is pretty unique in RPG ways (like having a party and development with them) which is why it's so cool. But there may be some games I haven't heard of. I don't play too many iOS games.

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Edited By jacksukeru • 

Kinda don't like the setup, or the characters...really, that stuff was all about as far from my jam as you can get, but watching Austin and Vinny get into the game systems and take to the game was fun. It seems to have something to it.

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I really liked Long Live The Queen and Magical Diary, and this sounds to be way ahead of those two games in terms of gameplay and narrative themes! Definitely going to try this out when I get the chance.

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damonkey64 • 

@artisanbreads Thanks. I have checked out King of Dragon Pass a bit after the GBeast quick look. It's pretty good, but the mechanics are a bit different than this. If any developers are out there trying to get an idea for a game, if you could just make a PC/IOS/Android cyberpunk game with similar party mechanics, D&D style roll resolving, some political intrigue with a side of corporate espionage, I am in.

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Edited By sworen • 

Today School Council. Tomorrow, the world!

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Edited By ArtisanBreads • 

@damonkey64: It's very funny you say that because that is actually the exact game I have kicking around in my head. Managing a party of "runner" types using investigation mechanics like this game has and RPG type story based around them. And you would take on contracts kind of how you do cases in this game. Or perhaps just be the "security" division of some big company.

I have been learning to program for a while and settles on something visual novel ish and menu based because it will be easier to pull off (it's been hard to pull off more complex gameplay ideas for me). That's why I was looking at Black Closet here and that's why it was crazy to see it Quick Looked. You saying that is tipping the scales towards that idea though. And seeing a little more of this game, it really works.

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Tribski • 

I like quick looks the most when they show me a game I never heard of before, and yet it seems quite nice

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Man am I glad something like this exists. I might not ever play it, but I would happily watch Austin and Vinny play it for hours.

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Something about that character style is really off-putting. It kinda looks like someone drew an anime character and then photoshopped real eyes and mouth on them from a photo.

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Nishastra • 

Just a note, Hanako Games is pretty much one person. She has guest artists for each game, which is why they all look so drastically different in style.

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naion • 

i came to this quick look not expecting anything.......but this is actually rad. i might have to pick this up.

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DasaKamov • 

This seems like a solidly all-right game. Can't say I'd buy it for myself, but I'm glad games like these exist.

Although, I think it's kinda of funny that Austin and Vinny immediately fall into the role of a snooty, spoiled, elite, rich-girl class president. ;)

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Edited By DarkbeatDK • 

That thumbnail!

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*EDIT* This game seems super cool too, by the way!

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Am I the only one who keeps reading this title as "Black Corset"?

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Oh man this actually looks pretty awesome and now I'm actually curious to check out Long Live the Queen

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@tr0n said:

Another boring game Quick Look. Really scraping the barrel here ey?

one mans rubbish is another man's treasure

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Glad to see this game getting some attention. It's a lot longer and more interesting than you might expect from the surface appearance.

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Whooooa, I've been following Hanako Games since I was in middle school. It's so weird seeing this game now and how far they've come since I was playing Cute Knight on my family's PC.

(I also really like Long Live the Queen and Spirited Heart! Raising sims like the Princess Maker games scratch a weird stat management itch for me.)

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This felt like a persona endurance run social link episode.

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That was depressing to look at. I guess I gotten used to the today's mainstream standards to even get mildly interested in something so archaic.

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Man, I kinda want to get this now.

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Monty_vaca • 

Wasn't expecting to come out of this quick look like this, but yeah, going to have to pick this up. Thanks Austin and Vinny for the heads up on what looks like a cool game. Man, this year has been great for both AAA and smaller indie-type games. My solely 2015 backlog is getting long...

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clagnaught • 

From the people who made Long Live the Queen? Done.

I've been wanting to play one of their older games, but never got around to it. So I guess I'll go around and play their Gendo Ikari simulator instead. Good things all around.

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Did anyone else think there was additional footage since there were like 3 minutes left after the video ended?

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I can't wait for the Ice T DLC.

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SgtSphynx  Moderator • 

@hatking said:

Did I miss something or is there just about two minutes of dead air at the end of this QL?

There are four minutes of dead air at the end. I'm lost as to why though.

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This game is noooooooot gooooooooooooooooood