Anyone watch the murder mystery movie Clue? Or maybe played the board game? I love playing that game with my family. I swear I don’t cheat, but I can’t help seeing my mom’s cards if she accidentally flashes them! It’s like she wants me to see.
What about the movie Groundhog’s Day, where Bill Murray is living the same day over and over and over again?
Well, you guys hear of the little known British sleuth, Sherlock Holmes?
Now combine all three of those and it gives you an idea of what Sexy Brutale is.
In Sexy Brutale you play the peeping tom priest, Lafcadio Boone. However, what you’re peeping in on is the murders happening all over a beautiful gothic casino mansion. Things have gotten weird at what is normally a fun masked party every year. The staff has gone bonkers and are killing all the guests! It’s a vicious blood bath that keeps repeating over and over. You see, you’re stuck in a twelve-hour loop and are the only one aware of it. That means it’s up to you stop these poor souls from getting killed…over and over and over.
Check out the trailer:
Sexy Brutale was released April of this year by Tequila Works (a company established by ex Blizzard employees) and Cavalier Game Studios (which was founded by members of Lionhead Studios and Mediatonic). It’s a point and click adventure-puzzle game for the PS4, Xbox One, and Windows. However, it was just announced that this game is coming to Nintendo Switch. It has a 10/10 on Steam and an 8.2 in IGN. People absolutely love it! Well, most people. It’s actually surprising to me how fun this game is. I don’t know why I always underestimate puzzle games. For some reason, I hear “puzzle game” and have horrifying flashbacks of taking tests in school. Yeah, sounds really fun. Then I realize every puzzle game I’ve played has been some of my favorites–Tetris, Candy Crush, Portal One and two.
So the aim of this game is stopping the murders. How you stop a murder starts with peeking in at it from the other room, mostly through the keyholes of doors. Once you witness the murder, it’s time to figure out what you can do to stop it, then rewind the clock to set the plan in motion before the murder takes place. You’ll use your surroundings to change the outcome of a murder. For instance, finding a blank cartridge to put in the gun.
Once you save the character’s they will take off their mask and chat with you a little. You get to absorb their mask and get more power and skills (like lock picking or seeing ghosts). The whole time your character, Boone, feels the mansion is vaguely familiar. Not only that, but the character’s you save seem to know Boone too. Hmm.
It also comes to light that there is one big baddy in the house who’s massively enjoying this blood soaked nightmare set on replay. Or maybe I should I say his mask is what’s finding it so enjoyable. You see, the gas masks the staff wear are controlling all their choices.
This game is smart. The map provides the detailed movements of everyone as you follow them and if you listen out closely, you can even hear the other guests you’re not currently watching being killed off. The casino mansion is an interesting place to investigate and it pays off to do so.
The dialogue is fun and sarcastic, the soundtrack is lively jazz-electric swing (which I love), and the graphics have a great style that I like. Also, the casino games have porn star position names, haha. The casino is called the Sexy Brutale after all.
I think this is a really fun game and definitely worth the money to buy if you end up replaying it. Sexy Brutale is a really engaging game that I found myself engrossed in. The whole game idea is outstanding. The setting is expansive and interesting and I think the graphics style works very well for exploration and snooping. The game has a good flow, nothing really felt like it dragged on to me or was too brief. The storyline is lighthearted but also dark–a favorite combo of mine.
What issues do I have with it? There are some problems on the PC with the controls. You can find yourself accidentally clicking something wrong and that can really mess up your day. This is something they really need to fix for us PC gamers. I don’t have much issue beyond that. However, what others have problems with is finding the game too easy and therefore also too short of a game for the $20 price tag. A few also find it frustrating having to watch through the would-be murders after solving how to avoid them. Some people were also just overall let down and find the game not captivating. To each their own opinion! There are far fewer people upset with the game than there are people absolutely loving it.
What do you guys think? Do you like puzzle games?
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