While Albert odyssey may appear to be nothing more than another standard RPG, it is one of the most entertaining games we've played this month. Albert's secret weapon is the company that stands behind its translation Working Designs. While it's obvious that Albert Odyssey was never meant to be a serious game, we have no doubt that Working Design's version of this Japanese RPG is a lot more comedic than the original. Fairies speak with Southern Californian accents, people worry about how big their butts are and the shopkeepers are always pretty odd.
The game starts off the way every work of fantasy does. You are a youth whose family was tragically slain during a goblin raid on an innocent town. You are taken in by a group of benevolent harpies (mythology abuse being an ever rampant theme in RPGs) and they raise you like one of their own. Unfortunatly, while your family loves you dearly, one day you realize that the other harpies in the village will never fully accept you as one of their own. Tragedy strikes in the form of a horde of dragon riding villains who turn your adopted sister into stone through dark magic. And so, the quest begins. In the process of returning your sister to normal, you must promote tolerance of racial diversity, protect innocent townsfolk,m make friends, save the world, and cross the threshold of manhood.
At the beginning of the game, all seems normal until you walk into a house and talk to someone for a while about current events and items relevant to the plot. Suddenly they say, "Hey: what are you doing in my house?"
From this point on, jokes run rampant throughout the game. In Albert Odyssey, you will hear wisecracks about sexism, wheat germ, debauchery, old age, political correctness, "yo' mama", trite dialogue, health food, general stupidity, violations of privacy, good evil, beastmen, birdmen, lizardmen, pyramid schemes from Hell, and hundreds of other things. Even if you don't even like RPG's Albert Odyssey warrants a rental at the very least. The laughs you'll get out of it are worth more than a couple of bucks.
The Bottom Line: 7.25