You find yourself in front of a manor. It almost looks like a haunted house. Is it really so? You are soon to find out. The fact that you are welcomed by an orange cat seems to imply that things are not quite as you would expect them to be. Time will tell. So far, it is safe to assume that there are more than a few things wrong with this grand mansion.
Mister X is missing. The residents are baffled and it is up to you to solve the mystery. A common enough trope, isn't it? Almost too predictable, if you ask us. You're probably thinking to yourself "the butler did it, let's move on to the next game!". But is it really so?
Behind a rather unimaginative idea lies an incredibly fun game. Each floor is packed with mysterious occurrences and each segment of the game will leave you scratching your head over how did the creators come up with such odd yet cool twists and turns.
The gameplay itself begins casually enough, in the entrance hall of the big mansion. You then proceed through separate chambers, grand salons, bedrooms, and even beyond the house, to uncover mysteries that are plaguing its inhabitants.
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The game boasts hand-drawn graphics and an interesting combination of top-notch design with a slightly retro feel. We're not talking Victorian-era aesthetics but instead menus and colors reminiscent of mid 90s puzzle games. It's definitely easy on the eyes and navigation through the game will never be an issue.
In fact, the general functionality is a godsend. Some may complain of it being too simple but we couldn't possibly be more pleased with this deeply intuitive system. You are free to focus on the play - without figuring out complex commands.
Despite its apparent simplicity, the game easily expands upon other genres. In addition to the hidden object shtick, it also goes into match 3 territories, also incorporating quite a few puzzle elements that will keep your little grey cells working. It's a great way to spice things up for sure.
The game itself is free and can remain so throughout. Of course, there are certain situations in which in-app purchases will be the best course of action but it will be up to you to decide. Prices of add-ons range from $1.99 to $14.99 but, fortunately, you can avoid them. Gaming is fun enough without them!
What is there more to say about this solid classic-in-the-making? Is there anything to complain about? Well, if we are to be very picky (and we do have that reputation, we won't deny it), the somewhat predictable storyline is something that could irk a more discerning user. It is immersive enough, engaging enough, and fun enough but - if you want something truly new, truly shocking, you'll have to look for it elsewhere.
Moreover, we could also touch upon the topic of graphics. The visuals are gorgeous enough as they are but we somehow wish there were more animations, more cinematic sequences, more truly stunning moments that would've taken our breath away. It seems as if the developers have played it safe - and figured that genuinely awesome gameplay will compensate for this tiny flaw.