Her Majesty's Spiffing: The Empire Staggers Back

Her Majesty's Spiffing: The Empire Staggers Back

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Follow the exploits of Captain Frank Lee English and his trusted regional colleague Aled, as they travel through the cosmos in search of planets to claim for a new Galactic British Empire!

In the wake a political crisis Britain found itself isolated from global society. Frustrated by the demise of this once great nation Her Majesty the Queen decides that the elected representatives at Westminster are no longer fit to govern her United Kingdom. With parliament gone, the Queen concluded that, given the complications Britain was facing returning to a position of power on earth, perhaps it was time to focus her attention elsewhere... Establishing S.P.I.F.F.I.N.G. (Special Planetary Investigative Force For Inhabiting New Galaxies) Her Majesty has turned to the stars in a bid to establish a new, Galactic British Empire in this quaint, graphic adventure game!

  • Hilarious point & click adventure
  • Stunning graphics
  • Intuitive controls
  • Satisfying puzzles

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  • OS: Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 10
  • CPU: 1.0 GHz
  • RAM: 4096 MB
  • DirectX: 10.0
  • Hard Drive: 591 MB

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Her Majesty's Spiffing: The Empire Staggers Back is rated 3.6 out of 5 by 21.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome it was awesome can't wait for next exciting episode.
Date published: 2018-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Old School Adventure Game with a UK flair Read the other reviews, then add in the following: * Older gamers will likely do better at this game than some of the younger types. For example, it really helps if you remember that 3-inch floppies have a lock switch on the back. * Gamers with a taste for British humor will cherish the writing and get more of the jokes than others. * The point of lateral thinking puzzles is to stretch your brain. Lose the logic, think like a cartoon character, and the rest is a cinch. All in all, one of my favorites on Big Fish this year. Can't wait to finish it!
Date published: 2018-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not as bad as you first think The first thing I am going to say is that there is an easy way to exit the game.This is British wit at its best so they let you sort it out.Just push escape/esc on your keyboard and the menu comes up with all the options and an exit button. This is where the old forum on here is sorely missed for games like this that need a bit of explaining. Having lived most of my life in the UK I can appreciate this game a lot and yes it is a send up of the fiasco going on in Britain . I would reccomend you look on you tube as there are several walkthroughs there to give you an idea how it works
Date published: 2018-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comic Straight Adventure The opening sequence of "Her Majesty's Spiffing" with the queen is my favorite beginning to a game ever. "Her Majesty's Spiffing" is a point and click comic adventure that also allows use of WASD keys if you want to. It took me a while to get used to the examine/equip interface for inventory and that was frustrating at first.
Date published: 2018-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely try it! From the opening scenes, this game is Laugh Out Loud. This retro style game is creative, intelligent and funny as heck. Excellent dialogue and great graphics give this old point and click style a refreshing makeover. The game so far is challenging without being impossible. The humor is very clever with nods to many comedies as well as references to various books and movies. Don't skip the intro and cutscenes, just watch them carefully for even more laughs.
Date published: 2018-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AN ENGAGING AND CHALLENGING ADVENTURE FILLED WITH DRY HUMOR! This adventure game was released in 2016, It is a year that's going to forever live in infamy. It's the year in which the UK decided it'd be better off divided from the EU. Thankfully, Her Majesty's SPIFFING is here to put it all to rights by sending it up with some rollicking British humor, picking up with a tale set in this most horrible of years. Yes, it's an adventure game that pokes fun at Brexit. Tally-ho! STORY: Here's how it all kicks off: the Queen, no longer content with the dunderhead politicians in Westminster running the government, decides to launch the HMSS Imperialise into outer space. Hitting the big red button, the oh-so British spacecraft (half-Mini Cooper, half Harrier jump jet) blasts off straddling Big Ben (or what's now known as Elizabeth Tower, if you're a stickler for these things), carrying members of the Special Planetary Investigative Force For Inhabiting New Galaxies (SPIFFING), Frank Lee English and his sarcastic Welsh sidekick, Aled Jones. English and Jones are a likeable wise-cracking duo too, Her Majesty's SPIFFING delivering its own line of satirical tongue-in-cheek humor via its two lead characters. English is an endearing patriotic fool, while Jones is his sardonic foil, always keen to point out the game's genre conventions as and when they crop up. SPIFFING is brilliantly knowing and self-referential, stuffed with homages and nods to other games like Resident Evil and Mass Effect, as well as classic movies like Airplane, Alien, Die Hard, Jurassic Park and Planet of the Apes. It never fails to raise a smirk. Vitally, however, Her Majesty's SPIFFING is not only a genuinely funny adventure, but also excels in serving up some pretty strong puzzles that put your grey matter through its paces. There's never anything too complicated, but there's a sense of accomplishment when you do manage to wrap your head around some of the game's conundrums. Fittingly, it all starts with English making a cup of tea before the duo look to stake their claim on a barren, lifeless planet. Its stereotypes, daft puzzles and secrets are also brilliantly referenced in the game's smart trophy list, which rewards you for prodding at the envelope a bit, experimenting with various interactions that you could quite easily miss otherwise. Go through the motions, simply solving SPIFFING's puzzles in workmanlike fashion, and you'll miss a great deal of the game's humor and silly observations. It's definitely worth exploring and spending a little extra time messing around aboard the HMSS Imperialise. Wearing its Monty Python and other Brit comedy influences on its sleeve, Her Majesty's SPIFFING is a uniquely British adventure game packed with wry wit and a playful sense of fun that's more than welcome in a year of political upset. A game that uses Brexit as its jumping off point, Her Majesty's SPIFFING deals with its subject in a suitably knockabout manner, providing plenty of gleefully silly puzzles, some mildly biting satire and sharp one-liners. Developer Billy Goat has chucked in a bit of everything that more than a few of the jokes are guaranteed to land, even if you're not a cynical old Brit like me. Her Majesty's SPIFFING is fun, funny and well worth playing if you have the patience. It's almost enough to bring a patriotic tear to the eye. MECHANICS: Though the game has no instructions, I thought I could include some helpful tips on navigating through the adventure. This point and click old school adventure can be tricky. Your cursor has multiple uses here are examples. When you click on an object of interest you should see the following choices: • Hand (Interact / Grab) • Magnifying glass (Examining objects) • Mouth (Talking to or listen to conversation) • Backpack (Use Inventory Items) Also pay close attention to the dots at the top, bottom, left and right of your screen, click on these for direction arrows to move around. When you want to use the back pack LEFT CLICK on it so you can use inventory item, examine, or combine inventory items. Pay attention to the instructions regarding the hourglass as other reviewer's have commented about...consider yourself warned! (LOL) As for quitting the game to break, I haven't found a way to close / save the game other than using Ctrl-Alt-Delete. If anyone knows an alternative please let reviewers know. BASIC OBJECTIVES: Retrieve a refreshing beverage for your colleague, Sub Lieutenant Jones. Fly the ship while Sub Lieutenant Jones take his tea break. Find something to replace the damaged cockpit controls. Install the driver to activate the controller in the cockpit. Reboot the ship's computer systems using the reset switch on the lower deck. Locate and talk to Sub Lieutenant Jones. Find something Aled can use to replace the rover's broken motor. Explore the planet surface. Locate the wreckage of the Beagle Two Too. Lure Antoine and Pierre away from the French camp. Remove the Tricolor and hoist the Union Flag. There is a lot more to do than this, so pay attention to the dialogue for an in depth synopsis of what to do throughout the game. If by chance you become frustrated with the objectives, there is as commentary free WALK THROUGH available on youtube. I'm not suggesting you watch the entire video...that would spoil the entire game. Perhaps, only watch the first few minutes to familiarize yourself with the FLOW of the game. I thought the music was perfect for this game and the voice acting is superbly delivered, peppering its writing with the right amount of sarcasm to go with its humor. A fair bit of screen tearing rears its head when you're running around as Frank Lee English, but otherwise, everything looks very solid and nicely detailed. SPIFFING is not a bad looking game at all. I also think this adventure is worth playing through more than once to mop up all of its political satire and pop culture references, SPIFFING lasts a good 2-3 hours, boasting some smart puzzles and a little bit of lateral thinking, all injected with a sly sense of humor. Not content to cram loads of references and nods into the game, Billy Goat has chucked a bunch into its trophy list too. That it's also a good, solid list is a pleasant surprise. Great stuff. Who'd have thought that a game ostensibly about Brexit could not only be so funny, but also provide a selection of clever puzzles to boot? Her Majesty's SPIFFING is all of these things and therefore an adventure game you should most certainly play, if only for a little bit of levity with which to reflect on the year 2016. Cheers and happy gaming!
Date published: 2018-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Refreshingly Hilarious and FUUUN!! I've only played the demo and I'm going to buy it now. I cant wait to play more of it! Absolutely try it first to see if it's your cup of tea. ;) I don't know if it's just the trial version that does this but the screen did not widen for my wide screen, nor did it give me the option to do so. Also within the beginning options I could not get it to register that I'd hit the back button in the top left but the ESC key to the rescue. You play as cheeky Brit Captain English. You and Sub-lieutenant Aled are on this ship in a voyage through the stars. There are lots of objects to interact with, humorous items from "back in my day" like floppy disks you flip and such, as well as the absolutely hilarious banter. You choose the conversations in the order you wish, you can save later in the game once you get downstairs too even though it autosaves for you. The only real thing I didn't necessarily like (aside from the minimal menu options I was able to access...again might not be an issue in the full game) was that some things you interact with seems to require a controller. English gets onto a couple of objects in the game and you click the left and right mouse buttons to move because you can't use the Y or A shown. Getting around is a bit tedious as you have to find and click the little white dots/arrows and that doesn't always flow well but totally worth it for the little jabs and jibes. I hated to see the first hour end. I am going now to get the full game! Truly enjoyable and something different than your average adventure game. I only hate that this has been out two years and we're only just getting it.
Date published: 2018-10-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from . Fun old school type game. I liked it a lot! Hope they make another one. 2018
Date published: 2018-10-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining classic style adventure game This is my genre of choice, so I was very excited to try the demo. About 15 minutes in, I knew I had to buy the full game. I'm glad I did. Great voice acting, quality graphics, intuitive interface, and decently witty dialog make for an enjoyable experience. I wish the storyline were a bit richer and the game longer. I'm at 92% complete right now and have played for just a few hours. Still, overall a fun, lighthearted game that fulfills my point-and-click nostalgia.
Date published: 2018-10-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great send ups! I rarely, if ever, give reviews before I've even finished the demo, but I think this one deserves it. First of all, for those of you under 30, this is a traditionally old style adventure game on the level of the early (and really fun) games like "Monkey Island", "Leisure Suit Larry" and "Space Quest" from those iconic leaders in graphic gaming (Lucas Arts and Sierra On Line) who've since left the field as far as I'm aware. Anyway they were great games BUT: There are _rarely_ hints, and _no_ maps (you had to draw your own, which gave one hours of pleasure/frustration:) Also no morphs. The only hidden objects were to further the game. They were a lot of work, children, but they were also a lot of fun. And the humor was mostly of the satiric type, or Easter-egg type where there were fun allusions to other people or games, etc. That being said, I can see why someone used to the type of games put out since, oh say 2000, this game could be very frustrating. My suggestion is that you wait for the walk-through to appear or google a walk through to help you get started. Now it might end up that this really _is_ a 3 star or less game, although I'm betting against that, but in the meantime you've experienced some old time fun and yes maybe a little frustration, but mostly fun!
Date published: 2018-10-16
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