Most gaming nuts reading will remember the classic game Myst. The pioneering puzzle/adventure game was notorious for being challenging — and to kids like me, it was a little too challenging and went way over our heads.
Fast-forward to the present day, and our latest App of the Week called The Secret of Grisly Manor. This time, my nearly two additional decades of mental growth has strengthened my performance in puzzle games, making them quite a bit more enjoyable!
Grisly Manor sets you inside your crazy grandpa’s mansion (we all have at least one crazy grandpa!). In the game, Grandpa is a brilliant inventor who has mysteriously vanished, leaving clues only decipherable by his loving grandchild (that would be you!) to indicate what he’s up to.
Playing the game, you must literally leave no stone unturned as you search for clues and use them to get answers and even more clues. The myriad of puzzles you encounter — everything from tiled mosaics to gear-turning combo locks — make excellent use of various in-game mechanics facilitated by Corona SDK, so it never feels monotonous or gimmicky. Of course, not to mention, the absolutely beautiful graphics and in-game ambiance (who did that soundtrack???) create a very cinematic feel that pulls you in and makes you wanna see the game to its very end.
Speaking of which, once you get to it, you’re met with a possible cliff-hanger ending that foreshadows one heckuva sequel game! I sincerely hope creators Fire Maple Games get to releasing that quick, because they could have a potential franchise on their hands.
All in all, Grisly Manor is a beautifully crafted adventure/puzzle game that you will insist on playing till the very end… Even if you have to look up a couple cheat codes along the way!