Phoenix Online Publishing has been gaining a lot of notice lately for their story-focused point and click and adventures. I haven’t played any of their previous titles, but if Supreme League of Patriots is a testament to their ability, I can definitely see the appeal. Supreme League of Patriots is a comedic point and click adventure set in a somewhat lackluster superhero universe, and Phoenix wants it that way. The game’s humor is built off of criticizing the minor annoyances of everyday society, as well as comic book cliches. This review takes a look at the first of the three episodes that make up Supreme League, so anyone looking to be better prepared going into this wacky, politically incorrect adventure should read on.
Players control Kyle Keever, also known as The Purple Patriot. At the game’s start, Kyle’s goal is to win the superhero contest show America’s Got Superpowers, but things don’t go as simply as he’d hoped. The writing in Supreme League feels a lot like a sitcom, and in true sitcom fashion, Kyle faces all kinds of obstacles that take the simple task he had at the story’s start and make it increasingly more difficult.
There are a lot of details in Supreme League of Patriots that really show how much the developers put into their characters’ personalities. The game’s characters are pretty well crafted caricatures, from Kyle to his roommate Mel and beyond. After a few minutes playing as Kyle, you realize the man is a buffoon of a hero, which Phoenix seems to have done intentionally as a way to play off of his American identity. On the reverse, his best friend Mel is the straight man of the duo, and a seemingly intelligent Brit, even carrying a satchel bearing the British flag while saying snarky things with a 25th grade vocabulary (Or to put it another way: using a lot of big words).
The game bases a lot of its characters off of stereotypes of different nations. There’s a soviet super soldier with ice powers, a sassy latina receptionist and so on. This seems to be the developers’ most visible jab at society. It’s a good one too, making Supreme League of Patriots not just a satire of American culture, but world cultures as a whole. Anything can be funny if you put the right spin on it, and Supreme League of Patriots shows that with its eclectic host of characters ranging from silly to downright disturbing.
The game’s music is reminiscent of 70’s cop shows, which likely isn’t by accident. Kyle and Mel are both cops, so with so much crime fighting going on, it’s only right the composers pick a style most commonly associated with the occupation. True there are other cop tunes out there, but the upbeat notes in the instrumentals definitely fit the personality of the game better than any film noir number could.
My only real beef with the game is one I got over pretty quickly, that issue being Kyle Keever’s voice. It’s a little issue, true, but one that’s important in a narrative driven game like this. Though he’s based in New York, the writers of Supreme League gave Kyle a California surfer personality, possibly to play up his idiocy. The problem I had with this was that I found his vocal fry a little too present, and a little annoying. Like I said, I got used to it, but a player who cares more about voice acting may want to be warned that Kyle isn’t the most pleasant sounding individual.
Eager fans of Phoenix Online Publishing’s past works, or superhero stuff in general, can pick up all three episodes of Supreme League of Patriots here for $15, or you could give the first episode a spin for $6. New fans should check out Phoenix’s site for a look at their other titles, all of which are story-driven, dialogue based pieces of the same ilk.