Chicken Police is a detective crime thriller noir point-and-click adventure game like none other I’ve ever seen. It is a standard point-and-click affair where you point at stuff and you click on it. You then further investigate and you’ll prompt speech with these fantastic characters which are animated in a way weird way in this world of strange humanoid animal types who live in some sort of perpetual 1940s noir.
I love the way that everything interacts with each other, the cutscenes are great and it’s one of the only points-and-clicks where I don’t care how much people talk because I love seeing a chicken in a leather jacket talk to a horse with a bow tie. The actual investigation and detective side of things do exist as there is lots of talking to different characters, there are lots of interaction with weird and wonderful, I was going to say people but they are not they are animals in this great world. I love the way they look as it’s not really animation but it looks like it’s real, it’s weird.
The point of Chicken Police is that you are an officer of the animal law enforcement and even saying it makes me want to laugh but it plays like a proper noir. There is murder and crime and you have to be the police officer, think LA Noire but you’re a chicken with a shotgun because that is this game. You play as Sonny Featherland and you have to perform your detective duties and a lot of those things come down to the very LA Noire Esque interview system which works really nicely and doesn’t rely on facial interactions.
The game goes on what the characters say, the questions you ask and you get a score for sticking to the interrogation purpose. This all helps drive the story along where you find out information and try to solve the mystery that is unraveling in front of your eyes. To help you along the way you get helpful things like a box of both gadgets and bits and bobs that you pick up as you go, also there is this very nice drawn-out handbook of your investigations.
It tells you all the little helpful hints and things like how your previous questionings had gone and information that you found out about locations and there is a codex you can reference back to which is all very nice and well presented. Chicken Police have all the standard point-and-click affair here but it’s presented in such a pleasant way you don’t mind seeing it again.
There are some things that will surprise you as there are some other things to do besides point-and-click. There’s a gun range at the police station that you can play around with and there are lots of different interactions with the world from talking to people to making phone calls to having a look at the crime scenes to solving a puzzle that you may find and it’s a nice variation that keeps you busy.
The actual animations of the characters interacting with each other are one of my favorite things ever I think as it has this stop motion pseudo animation and it suits the story perfectly. It gives so much character to something that is absolutely ridiculous but it just works. I haven’t had a lot of problems with Chicken Police but the only thing I’ve had is sometimes the speech that’s being said doesn’t match with the subtitles but that wasn’t a big problem and besides that, I think this is an outstanding game.
Chicken Police is actually surprisingly engaging as a detective crime noir from the murder mystery era. It’s stupid, it’s ridiculous and it’s fun as it’s chickens in leather jackets, anyone who likes point-and-click games, murder mystery-type games, or even Through the Darkest Nights should definitely check it out.
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Chicken Police is actually surprisingly engaging as a detective crime noir from the murder mystery era. It's stupid, it's ridiculous and it has these weird stop motion animations. It's fun as its chickens in leather jackets, anyone who likes point-and-click games, and murder mystery-type games should definitely check it out.