In Code: Realize, Impey is the happy go lucky guy that never seems to let anything bother him. He plays the role of the engineer in the group and is another scientist much like Frankenstein. When you first meet him, he falls in love with you at first sight (for no reason) and seems like the kind of guy who would flirt with any woman who passes him. Impey holds the role of comic relief and is not letting anyone take that title away from him.
From here on there will be LOTS OF SPOILERS.
When I was first introduced to all the characters, I assumed Impey was an original character for the game. I should have assumed the opposite considering ALL the guys have had some source material. But tell me that you’ve heard of the name Impey Barbicane (try not saying barbecue) before Code: Realize and I will call you a liar. Turns out Impey’s souce material is a novel called “From the Earth to the Moon” and he is the president of a society formed after the American Civil War that is working on a launch to the moon… The more I read about this book, the more Impey’s story in Code: Realize makes a lot of sense. As you can guess, i’m geeking about the parallels.
Impey was just one big surprise to me. When I was starting his route I was playing with the mindset of just wanting to get it over with. I’m so sorry Impey. You deserved better from me. Not only was his nature such a breath of fresh air after the angst from Van Helsing and Frankenstein, but he definitely had a lot more going for him in terms of backstory than I expected. I’m not even going to mention all the stuff he was surprisingly competent at.
I don’t know how this happened, but it didn’t hit me until the big reveal that Impey, is in fact, a vampire. The game did a great job of dropping hints in the other routes about Impey’s heritage. He got punched hard enough by Dracula that he should have walked away with a few broken bones and then got hit with another projectile that should have done more damage than it actually did… ALL THE CLUES WERE THERE! All I remember thinking was, “Impey has to have something special about him. They keep bringing up that he should have been hurt.” But the fact that they had Dracula in the group, the leader of the vampires, completely overshadowed the idea of Impey also being a vampire. Two vampires in one group?! Impossible!
Going back to his source material, Impey’s whole goal in life in Code: Realize is to fulfill his mentor’s dream of landing on the moon. So this back story is not completely out of left field. At first I thought it was a super cute concept, but knowing that that is Impey’s actual story makes this so much cooler. In the game, his mentor, who is also a vampire and an engineer, dreams of putting man on the moon to prove that vampire’s are not just monsters and can contribute to society just like any other person. Impey calls them the “Cannon Club” which looks like a nod to the source material since he is the president of the “Baltimore Gun Club.” They’re working towards a noble cause that is quickly snatched away by the poison that wipes out most of the vampire population. Before he dies, his mentor is able to develop an anti-gravity device to help them reach the moon but is later stolen. This is what causes Impey to join Lupin’s gang. He’s trying to find the device.
I didn’t realize just how much I appreciated Impey until I got his bad end. This was probably one of the most heartbreaking for me and my eyes were definitely sweating. When the group is trying to reach the Nautilus in order to save Cardia amongst other things, things go sour and you have the opportunity to tell Impey that it’s hopeless and turn around. If you choose that, Van starts to deflate their balloon so they can descend. Turns out once that process is started you can’t undo it, forcing a landing and starting over. Everyone loses hope except for Impey who desperately tries to re-engage the balloon alone while the rest of the crew watches. Then you get a scene of Cardia dying in his arms as their laying in a field watching the moon. This sunshine boy deserved so much better! But the writing for this bad end got me good so I felt that it deserved a special mention.
Overall, I really enjoyed Impey’s route. It was hard to take him seriously at first because of his flirtatious aura, but he becomes more charming as his story continues. I found him the most surprising out of all the boys and all those twists just made his route so much fun. He’s not a route you wanna speed through just to get to the rest of them.