Jack Keane’s numerous locations are bright and breezy, the controls streamlined, the puzzles logical - which is more than can be said for many of its peers - and the pacing is spot-on. Indeed, the speed in which the characters move make Jack Keane somewhat of a leader in its genre. The game never drags in the way that even Monkey Island et al often could. And the characters are definitely likeable enough, despite the imbecility of them having British accents that seem to have been voiced by morons who wouldn’t be able to locate England on a map of England.
The problem with Jack Keane is that it’s just not funny. The game tries too hard to be something its not. Watching these ‘zany characters’ (the game’s website’s words, not ours) rattle off their tepid jokes is an experience that’ll see you crack one smile for every four groans.
Jack Keane is a very respectable adventure, and there’s definitely plenty
of it. We like point-and-click games, and we like Jack Keane, so make of that what you will. But often while playing it, you’ll wish there was a game out there with a little more charisma, with a little more natural charm. And there is: Monkey Island.
March 7, 2008