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Al Emmo and the Lost Dutchman's Mine review

That's not a pun, Emmo isn't a word


  • Classic point-and-click adventure
  • Story is pretty fun
  • Great music


  • Jokes are hit-and-miss
  • Gameplay can seem too dated
  • Not as elegant as older games in the genre

This is a game from another decade, and it’s definitely not the ’90s. A time when adventure games had lots of screens, many of which were just graphical interludes to walk through. Where your inventory quickly swelled with dozens of items, and visual clues telling you what to pick up were considered patronizing.

Al Emmo isn’t just old-school; it’s total old-school immersion that’ll thrill genre-lovers and the pathologically curious. It does its best to be funny, with an every-line-as-joke approach similar to Sam & Max. Some of the jokes hit the spot, especially the knowing in-jokes about the shoddiness of the medium. But, it doesn’t always work. The humor too often sails past the predictable and ends up paddling in toe-curling waters. Focus on the hits, and you’ll finish Al Emmo with some fond memories. If you’re an unforgiving sort though, you might just end up with a fist full of broken pixels.

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DescriptionAn old-school point-and-click adventure game for those who shun technological progress.