Have you tried … to throw your husband off a ship for his insurance money at Overboard?
On a dark, starry night, Veronica Villensy is on the deck aboard a ship with her unsuspecting husband, Malcolm. After beckoning her to look over the side of the ship to spot dolphins believed to be swimming below, Veronica takes the opportunity to send her to an aquatic grave beneath the waves. The opening of Overboard! certainly makes a lot of noise. In most cases, when it comes to police adventures, you are usually the one trying to find out who the vile culprit behind the crime is. But in developer Inkle’s devilishly witty thriller, you’re the villain trying to escape murder.
Located on the ship SS Hook in 1935 bound for New York, you play the connivance Veronica who plans to pocket a bit of her dear husband’s life insurance policy. Naturally, that means she has to literally take her spouse by the bullshit and say goodbye to him for good in the hopes that she can comfortably start a new life in America. Now that Malcolm is sleeping with the fish, you have to try to get away the next day, it’s only eight hours to get out of the crime and avoid suspicion.
Stay out of Sing Sing
As a visual novel that takes place in hours, every choice you make really matters. After waking up in your cabin in the morning after doing the wrong deed, you will be presented with a variety of different responses and actions you can take. Each race gives you the opportunity to learn more about the people on board the ship and how you can get away with unscrupulous. You can travel to different areas of the ship, and each person on the SS Hook follows their own schedule – which you’ll learn as you play – and the way you handle each encounter can help or hinder your case. When the time is up, you will be summoned to the ship’s restaurant in Cluedo style to determine what happened to your husband.
On my very first day at Overboard, I made my way to the cabin of another passenger named Clarissa. Listening at the door, I learn that she is crying – what caused this crying fit? When I converse with Clarissa, I discover that there is some kind of relationship between this woman and my husband, and that she claims to have seen him fall off the ship. Listen to this? The opportunity strikes. By feigning ignorance and expressing concern about my husband’s whereabouts to Clarissa and everyone else on board, a conclusion is reached at the end of the day and everyone. The consensus is that my husband committed suicide, and a newspaper article reflects the conclusion the passengers and crew arrived at, as well as Veronica’s fate. Now, it’s great that I wasn’t involved in his death and avoided Sing Sing, but here’s the catch: suicide means no insurance money. It is clear that lying will not be enough. I need to set someone up… and Clarissa seems like a good patsy to take the blame.
No loose ends
After a few more tries, I manage to pin the murder on poor Clarissa and it’s all the sun and the roses… for a moment. Just when I think I got the money and my freedom, Veronica receives a threatening letter from a passenger. Someone knows what I did and now they’re blackmailing me for some insurance. Now I have some issues to sort out as well. With each passing day more and more opportunities are presented to me and I am more and more determined to make every minute count. Overboard’s satisfying pace and loop makes it a fantastic game to pick up and play in short bursts, but I find it hard to let go.
Each race leads me to new conclusions and discoveries, and I can’t help but think about how and who I can use to get out of crime and make sure I get that sweet insurance money. and soft without any problem. Whether it’s planting incriminating evidence in other people’s booths, blackmailing my own, and even having an outrageous romantic date in my quarters, there are loads of interesting choices to try and out. to discover every day. Inkle’s Adventure keeps me fully hooked with its witty writing, alluring choice-driven story paired with portions of dark humor and sleek hand-drawn art style. Highly replayable and entertaining, Overboard has quickly found its way into my favorite games of 2021 so far. I’m still trying to figure out my next strategy to help Veronica get through this, and can’t wait to see what happens next.
At the sea! is now available on PC, Nintendo Switch and iOS.