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Completed with 100% of achievements unlocked. Well, I've finally managed to find a Wadjet Eye that I didn't particularly enjoy. In fairness, much of that is down to the setting and aesthetic - Strangeland is point-and-click puzzle adventure in a psychological horror form, which really isn't appealing to me, but the Wadjet Eye pedigree drew me to try the game regardless. More objectively, there's not really much to the story here and taking place across a relatively small number of areas, the puzzles are mostly quite simple. I can't, however, fault the game on its dedication to the horror genre - the pixelart graphics are as painstakingly detailed as ever and (optional) commentary and explanatory text call out frequent points of fine detail in the setting and dialogue that I'm sure would be entirely overlooked by many, while still working effectively to craft a convincingly coherent, if fantastical world.
Complete playthrough. This first DLC for The Case of the Golden Idol provides three new (prequel) chapters in very much the same style as the base game. Pleasingly, they're all quite challenging, but once again nothing's out of reach with a bit of thought and detective-work. The short length inevitably means that there's less of a wide-ranging web of complexity, but that can't detract from more of the wonderfully satisfying investigation and deduction formula.
The sole DLC for Unheard with an English localisation, The Lethal Script takes to heart the base game' criticisms around low difficulty with a relatively lengthy, pretty complex scenario, with an enjoyable, unexpected twist. It's a shame that the other two DLC scenarios seem to have little prospect of receiving similar localisation!