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The Procession to Calvary (2020) is an intentionally peculiar point-and-click narrative told through a collage of renaissance paintings. You play a warrior on a quest to capture the former ruler of the land, talking to (or killing) people, interacting with objects, and solving puzzles as you go. The unusual premise, setting and general irreverent, Monty Python-style humour match the strange choices you must make to create a surreal but strangely compelling experience.

After the tyrannical reign of Heavenly Peter comes to a close, a time of peace ensues. But he escapes capture, leading your character, a strong (and murder-inclined) warrior, to ask the new leader, Immortal John, for permission to find and kill Peter. When he accepts, you set out on your quest, which sees you explore the land, meeting rulers, peasants, and everyone in between, solving puzzles to earn favours or unlock new options and areas until you complete your quest or fail trying.

Play involves moving around the richly detailed screens, and locating the items and people you can interact with. Every location is a wacky collage of different famous renaissance paintings by artists like Rembrandt and Michelangelo, creating an unusual and comical scene. Each object or person can be interacted with in three distinct ways, each resulting in a different outcome that shifts the story.

Often, you need to complete puzzles to make progress, with some requiring specific choices and actions. Alternatively, you can simply murder whoever's preventing you from advancing, although this can quickly lead to disastrous consequences. Each of the three distinct endings is a direct result of how you decide to play, be that carefully solving puzzles and avoiding violence or doing quite the opposite.

The result is a bizarre mashup of classical art and music with a strange, darkly humorous and comedic story that creates an unusual space in which your actions and decisions shape your adventure.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked The Procession to Calvary 20 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 16 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Point-and-Click game with Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Puzzle elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 1 and a half hours and 4 hours to complete. Depending on your choices, you get a different ending, some of which can be obtained much more quickly than others. Getting all the endings takes several hours.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for sustained depictions of violence, strong gory images, and use of strong language. There are depictions of violence and gory images, although the strength of these is reduced by the comic visual style, which features characters cropped from Renaissance paintings in the manner of a Monty Python animation. The player's character is able to decapitate victims with a sword. While there are blood effects and heads are seen to fly off, the violence is unrealistic and exaggerated in style, without any convincing physical responses. For example, while the head flies away some distance, the body remains upright. In another scene, a character is cut in half in a similarly unrealistic style. There is also a scene in which a character is roasted over a fire and a scene in which a man is pulled between four horses, his limbs unrealistically stretching like rubber bands. There is the additional use of strong language ('*!@?*'). The game also includes some sexual innuendo.

The Developer gives the following Mature Content Description on Steam:
"Contains cartoon violence/nudity, occasional strong language and adult themes."

Skill Level

9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. You click on different objects and select actions to perform, with no time limits or other pressures. Some of the puzzles can be quite difficult, but not all endings require you to complete them all.

CostsCosts

The Procession to Calvary usually costs £7.99.
 

The Procession to Calvary

Steam Store PC £7.99
Steam Store Mac £7.99
XBox Store Xbox X|S -
Switch Store Switch -
PlayStation Store PS4 -
XBox Store Xbox One -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 09/04/2020, updated in 2023

Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Point-and-Click (Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Puzzle)

Accessibility: 18 features

Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made

Developer: Joe Mc Richardson (@JoeMcRichardson)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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