Note: iOS 9 + Facebook users w/ trouble scrolling: #super sorry# we hope to fix it asap. In the meantime Chrome Mobile is a reach around
hot  /  reviews  /  videos  /  cblogs  /  qposts


Preview: Yesterday

6:00 PM on 02.13.2012 // Alasdair Duncan

If Double Fine’s recent Kickstarter campaign has proven nothing else, it’s that gamers still want to play old-school, 2D, point-and-click adventure games. As Tim Schafer said in his video intro, the genre seemed to have resided only in our “memories and Germany.”

With last year's The Book of Unwritten Tales and Gemini Rue being some of the best point-and-click titles in years, there’s still plenty of legs left in the genre. Now Pendulo Studios -- the Spanish team behind Runway and the Next Big Thing -- is releasing Yesterday, a game in which three characters seek the truth behind a murderous cult.

Yesterday (PC)
Developer: Pendulo Studios
Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
Release: 2012

Despite a serial killer brutally murdering homeless people in New York, altruistic rich kid Henry White and his buddy Cooper are still determined to offer aid to the transient community as part of the Don Quixote foundation.

Whilst exploring a disused underground station, Henry gets more than he bargained for after finding the cult leader Choke and his crazy henchman Boris. What makes the cult particularly strange is that -- aside from Choke and Boris -- the rest of the group is made up of posed mannequins (making it the second creepiest appearance of mannequins in a game after the original Condemned).

Yesterday is a fairly traditional point-and-click adventure, but it starts off in a similar vein as The Book of Unwritten Tales by giving you simple logic puzzles early on. Using an iron bar and cable to dislodge a suitcase stuck in some rubble is pretty much common sense. Need some batteries for a device? Just use your screwdriver to remove the batteries from that toy you picked up.

It’s all commons sense, really, and I was glad to see Henry and Cooper’s inventory full of practical tools like duct tape, screwdrivers, and a torch. At one point when one of the characters is in danger, the best thing to do is just pull out a gun and shoot someone. Again, this is no action game; it's one-hundred percent point and click.

There is a hint system, which will give you clues of increasing specificity with each click and also a highlight button that places a pulsing marker briefly over items you can interact with.

Clicking on objects will bring up a zoomed window showing the object closer up along with extra options such as "view" or "use." The inventory is always displayed at the bottom of the screen and as you would expect, items can be combined with each other and with objects in the main window. This interaction is fiddly, as the difference between viewing an object and using it is really slight and I found myself repeatedly flicking the mouse upwards just to select a single item.

Whilst I was failing to select an item, Henry is moving around the room because I was clicking on the screen, which was distracting, but I think that this would become more of a familiar move after a while. The other strange thing is that clicking on an object you can interact with will send your character straight to it, making him briefly vanish on screen only to reappear on the other side of the level. It gave me a strange disconnect from controlling the character. At the same time, there was no need to repeatedly click the screen to move Henry and Cooper from one side of a level to another.

There are a few diversions from the usual adventure-game routine, the main one being a test set by Choke after Henry is caught trespassing on his cult’s temple. Henry has to offer the correct movements for a chess game that will result in either a checkmate or stalemate. Neither was too taxing even for my simple mind, but they were a good diversion. Pendulo has said that they’re moving away from their more humorous games into darker territory and this does seem to be the case with the early part of Yesterday. I did find some humor here, mainly coming from Cooper’s flashbacks of his abusive Boy Scout leader. 

Graphically, Yesterday uses the familiar Pendulo style that you would have seen in Runaway. Characters are exaggerated, especially the brutish Cooper. Choke’s lackey Boris is so cross-eyed, he could be forgiven for being unable to hit someone with the gun he carries. Although the game will feature full voice acting, my preview code didn’t have any. There's plenty of time for it to be added, so this is understandable.

The short section I played featured a couple of neat twists at the end, which left me wanting to see where the story is going. The first chapter of the game didn’t feature the other playable character, John, but I would imagine the whole game will play similarly. If you’re in the mood for some point-and-click fun, Yesterday will be well worth looking out for when it arrives on Steam later in the year along with a retail release in a handful of European countries.

Alasdair Duncan, Contributor
 Follow Blog + disclosure Full_of_hornets Tips
Alasdair Duncan is that bearded, bespectacled Scotsman that covers PC gaming that is not Fraser Brown. A long time Destructoid community member and forum moderator, he covers adventure, puzzle, F... more   |   staff directory

 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our community fisters, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding * to your whitelists.

destructoid's previous coverage:

View all:powered by:  MM.Elephant

Ads on destructoid may be purchased from:

Please contact Crave Online, thanks!

So that just happened: The Talos Principle

Sick, Sad and just dumb news: 25th October - Leighapalooza

Context Matters! Fanservice's Secrets EXPOSED!

To editorialize or not to editorialize: An editorial

Tiny Dangerous Dungeons REVIEW - The Pocket Metroidvania

Cblogs of 11/24/15 + Big Ass Fort

Primal Carnage: Extinction Review (PS4)

Belated Spoiler-Free SOMA Review

Friday Night Fights: The Blackest Of Fridays

Super Destructoid Community Interviews Hyper Encore ##Reload

 Add your impressions

Status updates from C-bloggers

Oh yeah, I have an account on this site.
Parismio avatarParismio
Ever wanted to get that item behind that safe in the beginning of Fallout 4?:
Shinta avatarShinta
Got Resident Evil 4 Wii for $5. Uh ... this might be my favorite version. I'm just getting headshots nonstop. Did I miss any other Wii games that are frequently overlooked? Like, really obscure Wii games that no one talks about? I'm interested.
RadicalYoseph avatarRadicalYoseph
Poeple due not aprecciate teh hrdships of bein a squid.
OverlordZetta avatarOverlordZetta
Guys, check out your blogs! Just be sure to bring tissues. I wish I had. [img][/img]
The Dyslexic Laywer avatarThe Dyslexic Laywer
Anyone see the new Captain America trailer? It's pretty dope!
Shinta avatarShinta You're welcome.
GoofierBrute avatarGoofierBrute
Update: played through Hyper Dimension Neptunia Rebirth, reminded why I don't like the series, and requested a refund on it and its sequel. Not sure if they'll refund the sequel, but if they honor at least the first, I'll use that money to get Undertale.
Nekrosys avatarNekrosys
I hope the new Star Wars movie answers the biggest question I have about the franchise; do Midi-Chlorians poop?
OverlordZetta avatarOverlordZetta
Wow, I feel really stupid. You had to give the Zora King the bottle with the letter in it. Like actually equip the... Wow. Oh, modern gaming conveniences, how I take you for granted.
RadicalYoseph avatarRadicalYoseph
Srry abot tye lak of coments latly. As a squid now it haas bcom hrrd 2 tipe. Im a sqiid now.
EdgyDude avatarEdgyDude
Backing Indivisible can be done with more than just money. Strapped for cash? then spread the word! post about it on Facebook, Instagram, tweet or simply tell your friends. Head to
Agent9 avatarAgent9
Even with the help of an old hunter I can only knock ludwig to his holy blade phase -_- I will kill the jerk, even if it takes me all night.
SeymourDuncan17 avatarSeymourDuncan17
This week in How We Can Make Link Hotter... [img][/img]
JPF720 avatarJPF720
I'm trying to publish a new blog post but for some reason it's not showing?
OverlordZetta avatarOverlordZetta
If anyone is interested, Amazon has the $80 Persona Q limited edition at just over $40 right now. Haven't beaten it yet, but it's been a ton of fun so far, and at that price, hey!
OverlordZetta avatarOverlordZetta
I don't know what's been going on, but I actually feel like I have to fight with the formatting of the blog editor now to get it right. Hope it'll settle down soon.
StriderHoang avatarStriderHoang
What? Wonderful 101 on eShop is $19? NO EXCUSES.
Terry 309 avatarTerry 309
Pixie The Fairy avatarPixie The Fairy
Robin secretly controls the boobs of Nintendo characters. She stole the Xenoblade boobs and took the Fatal Frame lingerie for herself. #DammitRobin [img][/img]
more quickposts



Invert site colors

  Dark Theme
  Light Theme

Destructoid means family.
Living the dream, since 2006

Pssst. konami code + enter

modernmethod logo

Back to Top

We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter!
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -