This is not the first item finding game I have played. A long while back I reviewed Alexia Crow, and couldn’t recommend it. I did however suggest people look at Nightmares from the Deep; a title which I hadn’t reviewed, but did play and recommended it. The Scarlett Mysteries is a new series published by the same developers again. How does it match up?
You are a medium and a detective, exploring the mysteries around what your fathers work. Arriving at a dilapidated station, in what seems to be the middle of nowhere, you are thrust head first into puzzle solving and item finding. Something strange happened in yonder manor; you want to know what, why and be all-round generally nosey.
There are three distinct gameplay mechanics you will use to progress the story: finding stuff, combining stuff and basic puzzle solving. Around the greater map you are tasked with finding, and using, items to advance your present state. Occasionally, when you look in certain areas, you are presented with a larger scene within which you must find a list of set items. Sometimes this will require the assistance of your innate abilities to sense something slightly more mystical in the surrounding area.
On the whole this works quite nicely together. It tells the story and engages the player in a more meaningful way than many other story driven games. However, this game does not feel as nice to play as the Nightmares from the Deep. Many of the puzzles (where you are interacting with the greater world) seem to miss some of the critical logic steps that other games generally have. Why can I only use a very specific type of tong to pull something from the sink? Why is the stick not pointy enough? There are too many situations where you are floundering, trying to guess what the correct interaction should be because the other options seem equally sensible.
This is only a short game, about two hours in total, and I don’t feel that it needs to be longer. It told a… simple story which was entertaining while it lasted. However, the voice acting on the whole was dreadful and would be best removed from the game entirely. Like Alexia Crow, I cannot with good mind recommend this game. While it is not bad, I just feel that there are far better titles out there. Though, for a younger demographic I feel that this would be perfectly suitable. It has a simple story, simple actions and rewards just trying things until they work.