So. Moreytown. A noir mystery with humanoid animals. Here are my impressions. Keep in mind that I’ve only played the freely available chapters (because I’m an utter tightwad) and, accordingly, take my impressions with a game of salt.
-The concept. I’m not going to lie, I enjoy playing as an ursine humanoid with animalistic strength. Sue me.
I’m a bit miffed that I wasn’t able to play as a gigantic rat (I mean, I’d enjoy being able to inspire both fear and revulsion, rather than just one of each), but it’s not a big issue for me.
-The writing and atmosphere. Cults, gangs, and journalism, oh my! But seriously, the story is very well-crafted. It draws you in.
-The main characters, from what I’ve seen of them, are fairly likable. Even the cultists, who are willing to risk pissing off a bear in an attempt to spread their message. Even Kris, who’s willing to face down an angry mob with perfect calm.
-The reference to The Island Of Doctor Moreau is much appreciated.
-The moreaus call the humans “pinks.” However, many humans (such as myself) are not pink, or at least don’t have any more pink on them than a pink-pawed rat. This has some unfortunate implications. Are there no people of color in the universe of “Moreytown”? I’m told the author lampshades it a bit later in the story, but it’s still an odd choice to make.
-Similar to the issue above. It seems likely, at least to me, that the game is supposed to be a satire on issues of race relations. A large social group shunted into low-income housing, two different social groups that have shorthand slurs (“moreys” and “pinks”) for each other when they’re feeling non-PC, policemen who make wrongful arrests and insult your ancestry and wonder if you’re capable of speaking English–golly gee willikers, what do you think that sounds like?
Now, if my interpretation is correct, it raises some really unfortunate implications if the moreaus are supposed to represent minorities. It’s made very clear that the moreaus have some animalistic urges and habits (you can choose to hunt fr your food, and one of the stats is an opposing pair between ‘pink’ and ‘feral’). I don’t think the author meant anything by it, but it still makes the story a more uncomfortable read.