Adventure Jam 2020: Long Distance Coughing

“Long Distance Coughing” by Troels Pleimert, Bjørn Okkels Birk Sundgaard, Alice Grunstra, Wesley Isacks, Jason Cryer, Francisco González, Mette Florentin Hansen, Dave Gilbert, Richard Cobbett, Mikhail Vokabre, Steven Don, Rikard Peterson, Jon Paul Sapsford, Steven Alexander, Kevin Wallace, Paul Nicholas, Rob Boberty, Michael Counsell, Amy Tant, Thomas Frederik Achim Nielsen & Nicklas Falk.

“You play as Jim Fusobactruski[,] […] [a very] sick man who [has] just locked himself in his basement! Armed with a phone you must seek the means to free yourself! Can you escape? And what will you find as you rummage through old secrets?”

Locking yourself out of your apartment is a bad thing, but locking yourself inside the basement is even worse. That happens to Jim Fusobactruski, husband to the famous virologist Dr. Samantha Fusobactruski. Luckily for Jim, he has his mobile phone with him, so he calls Samantha in hope that she can help him out. However, his beloved wife is not able to come home from work right now, so she tells him to search for the spare key that should lie around down there.

As Jim is looking in every corner, he finds strange notes regarding a stranger named Bob. One piece of paper was even written by the unknown man himself. It is addressed to Samantha, telling her that if she likes games that much, she should give him a call, if she can figure out Bob’s new phone number that is hidden in a puzzle. Jim does his best, and when he eventually succeeds and calls the just found contact, he gets connected with a detective that is actually looking for Bob. However, he does not think of Bob as the suspect in a crime case, but instead as the victim. It turns out that he will be right, as not only clutter and junk found their way into the basement, but also a corpse.

While the plot of “Long Distance Coughing” might make it sound it would be a combination between an horro adventure and a detective game with a grim atmosphere, I assure you that this is not the case. To the contrary: It is absolutely hilarious, as this jam submission happens to be a game featuring a bunch of full motion video cutscenes. All the actors, actresses, voice actors and voice actresses give this title a fun touch with their delightful, exaggerating play. So be prepared for some goofy adventure action, where you try to find answers to questions like “Who killed Bob?”, “Can Samantha be trusted?”, “How do I escape from the basement, when I cannot find the key?” and of course “Why are buckets so amazing?”. [PLAY]