Lancelot’s Hangover: The Quest for the Holy Booze takes a serious religious art style and loads it with bizarre, outlandish moments and humor.
A crucifix is used like a ventriloquist’s dummy in this game, if you’re curious about the tone of the work. Also, you’ve been sent on a quest by God to retrieve the Holy Grail (and do some drinking with it, because I guess the last party it was used at was kind of a drag). To get it, you need to travel to France and deal with an array of mimes, rapping bears, and amusement parks designed around Medieval Christendom. Think a water slide that also baptizes you and you’ll get the idea. It’s all very, very silly, offering a nonstop array of bizarre things meant to crack you up or take you by surprise.
Those surprises tend to be welcome, if you’re open to outlandish humor (and if you’re playing adventure games a genre where you may have to use effective insults to win a duel, you probably are). The game excels at this, which makes talking to its goofball cast a real treat most of the time. That said, some of the jokes are pretty tasteless (a problem I’ve had with the game for some time) and might easily turn some people right off of the game. When it’s being playfully absurd, though, it’s quite funny, especially when these events and situations happen within such a serious old art style.
While I wish it had leaned less into “political incorrectness,” Lancelot’s Hangover: The Quest for the Holy Booze still offers some bizarre moments for its half-naked hero knight, making for a memorably absurd adventure.
Lancelot’s Hangover: The Quest for the Holy Booze is available now on Steam.