Beautiful hand-painted graphics that draw you into this mesmerizing adventure!
Lots of items to collect and puzzles to solve!
Original soundtrack and sound effects!
A journal that keeps track of all the symbols and clues that you encounter.
A dynamic map that shows all of the areas you have explored, as well as your current location.
A complete hint system built right into the game.
The Secret of Grisly Manor has been translated into many languages.
Grandpa always was a little eccentric. A fantastic engineer, he was always buried in his work, always coming up with new ideas and inventions that as a child held you wide-eyed in awe.
Now, after many years, you return to the house that holds so many fond memories for you, with a promise from Grandpa to show you something truly amazing. You can't even begin to imagine what it could be!
It's a dark and stormy night as you arrive at Grisly Manor. The rain beats down hard, lightning flashes in the sky as the sound of thunder fills your ears. You already feel a little creeped out, but when you make your way inside, the house is curiously empty. Grandpa is nowhere to be found!
But his presence is everywhere.
Familiar objects have been re-engineered to create puzzles for you. Clues abound, and as each puzzle is solved, the solution to others present themselves. As well as new puzzles, of course.
Grandpa obviously spent a lot of time making sure that nobody could solve the myriad of puzzles strewn about the house. Nobody but you, his favorite grandchild...
There was an update for this app today and they appear to have fixed the Force Close issue that was plaguing the Xoom and the Evo (and possibly other devices). I am revising my review from 1 star to 4.
The game is a point-and-click style adventure in the vein of Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis or Maniac Mansion. You explore the manor, picking up assorted objects and clues to solve various puzzles. These puzzles can open new rooms or provide pieces to still other puzzles.
The game took me about 1 hour to finish, though this sort of game is old-hat for me. Some of the puzzles were quite difficult, particularly figuring out the proper color sequence (if you play the game, you'll know what I mean). Unfortunately, the game doesn't appear to have much replayability, since the puzzles are always the same.
Is the game worth $1.99? I'm not sure. I got an hour's worth of brain-wracking enjoyment out of it. That's slightly more per hour than a DVD rental, but cheaper than theatre or movie tickets.
Force closes immediately on my Motorola Xoom. And from reading other reviews, it appears the Xoom isn't the only device having this issue. Glad it was free.
I have played many games over the years, and I think this game is great. The puzzles are not really difficult, and the graphics are beautifully rendered. I don't appreciate it when reviewers give away aspects of a game so I am NOT going to do that here, but I will mention that my only peeve about the game is that it is too short. I literally finished it in 2 hours. Also, I was a little disappointed with the ending, but after playing a few of these games you understand that it's really not about the ending, but rather about the puzzles, so do not expect a huge climax. Otherwise great game and I think more should be made. The phone that I played this game on was a galaxy s 2. The reason that I am mention this is because it is easy to makes a mistake and hit the back button from the phone thinking it was the back button in the game. This of course backs you out of the game and thus you have to restart the game. Luckily the game picks up from where you left off so it's just an annoyance on the user part, but still something to look out for.
Pros: Game looks good, and worked well for me. Some of the puzzles were simple but fun. Although this isn't my favorite kind of game, it's still a bit nostalgic and refreshing to play the classic puzzle/adventure style game. They did a decent job with it.
Cons: Story wasn't all that impressive, and usually that's what really sells this genre of game(i.e. it's no 7th guest). Game is pretty short as well. And with most games like this, i generally throw away strategy and logic and just start clicking places until something new happens, thus ruining the game for myself lol. Not the games fault, just not 'my thing'. 3 stars is purely based on game though.. and a slight lack of compelling story elements and being short made what could of been a decent game, just ok.
Should you buy? Worth grabbing today to play through. I wouldn't personally drop a dollar on this, i like a little more action than a game of this caliber is willing to provide, and the puzzles here are nothing to brag about. But for the people who love this adventure/puzzle style game, it's worth a play through.
This game brought back memories of playing Myst way back in the day. It's very similar adventure game, and keeps you frustrated/ interested to figure out and solve the puzzles in the game.
It is only "very short" if you know what to do without exploring. Decently long, but not quite as long as a similar full PC game.
Some things that I felt were not well designed (but may have fit in with the vision of "just click everything!" -
*There is a corridor on the second floor between the other doors- you have to click in the middle of the wall, and find there is another door.
*They used four birds, and four colors on the globe, but needing to be arranged in a direction, corresponding to the drawing on the second floor. Confusing since the colors on the globe seem to have the same directions of the drawing, and not the "statues"
* in the main hallway both the floor and the "paper" on the painting aren't visibly "interactive".
Overall a fun game, and most of the puzzles are fun to figure out. Graphics are great, the only real complaints are the issues with the game design, and possibly wanting more to the story - but it is after all a puzzle game, and not needing a "cool story".
It only took about an hour to finish this game, but it was fun! A casual, Myst-like "myst-ery" game.
Most of the puzzles are clever and enjoyable, just not very challenging. They are largely solved in one step (see clue in one area, use it to solve puzzle in a different area). A few are true head-scratchers that take a little longer and require multiple steps (multiple items and trips back-and-forth between rooms).
The interface isn't a smooth as the "Lost City" game from the same makers - the "back" function is just an arrow. There's no "journal" function, so you'll have to write down your own clues unless your memory is photographic! Otherwise, the sound and visuals are quite pleasing.
The game is completely family-friendly - nothing occult or suggestive here! My elementary-age children were able to get through it with some prompting from me, and have played it repeatedly since. Overall, a good purchase.