It must be serendipity that the comp game randomiser gave me this one right after Gigantomania.
I found this game amusing, irreverent and subversive. While on the surface it would appear that the objective is to bring on the communist revolution, the simplistic approach suggests that the author's true intention is to mock those neo-Marxists who sit around spouting quotes from the Communist Manifesto while their trust funds pay for their clove cigarettes. I am further convinced of this by the fact that half the Marxist quotes spouted in-game are from Groucho Marx rather than Karl Marx. Our hero (whose name, it turns out, is Karl Marx) is clearly a bit of a poseur. I'm surprised he didn't turn out to be still in high school.
I wonder if anyone noticed that Semenov's last invention, the activation of which wins you the game, is essentially a mind-control device....
Of course, the mockery cuts both ways. It turns out that one of the characters has gone capitalist -- and has, with his lowly grunt work, amassed enough of a fortune to make Scrooge McDuck look like a pauper. Well, McDuck looks like a pauper anyway, the old miser, but you know what I mean.
With regards to the rest of the game, the puzzles were fairly run-of-the-mill, but with the added bonus of multiple solutions. Much appreciated.
Bagel and cream cheese, with a side of turkey bacon. Orange juice.