The Secret of Chateau de Moreau, by developer Four Thirty Three, is a puzzler iPhone app that can only be described as dense. And I mean dense. For the five dollar price of entry, players can enjoy one of the richest and broadest point-and-click adventures available for the iPhone. The Secret of Chateau de Moreau comes with killer pencil art graphics, an endless array of puzzles, and a story thick enough to choke on. It’s a tight package, and one guaranteed to please even the most hardcore of iOS gamers. This is the type of iPhone app review I was pleased to immerse myself in.
Concept and Gameplay
If you have ever played an inventory-based, point-and-click adventure game (on the iPhone, or on a desktop platform) then you know exactly what The Secret of Chateau de Moreau is sporting. Players assume the identity of Antoine, an adopted child whose count of a foster-father has passed away. He returns to his boyhood mansion, only to find a mysterious murder plot, a house full of distant relatives, and more creepy characters than a Pee Wee Herman film.
As is par for the genre, players will need to solve a never-ending stream of puzzles to advance the plot. This includes busting open boxes, deciphering codes, and asking questions of other characters. The characters, it’s worth noting, are surprisingly complex, and will keep you intrigued with their always hidden motives. The plot itself is also very drawing, which is a tremendous boon for The Secret of Chateau de Moreau: Often times these kinds of games are hit-or-miss in the writing department, making the app’s A+ narrative a real winner.
If you’re a fan of this kind of puzzle game, you’ll absolutely love The Secret of Chateau de Moreau. The game features the same inventory-based action you’re used to, and in an abundance that’s almost frightening (the game comes with 40 different endings). The puzzles are always challenging, requiring a morning commute or more to decipher. If that sounds like fun, rather than a turn-off, then The Secret of Chateau de Moreau is almost certainly a game worth adding to your repertoire.
Design and Graphics
The developers have done a bang-up job optimizing The Secret of Chateau de Moreau’s interface for the iPhone. All the necessary controls are only a click away, and the inventory makes managing collected items a cinch.
The art style itself is brilliant, with a pencil-and-manga motif that compliments the creepy atmosphere of the game to the letter.
Overall Fun and Value
The Secret of Chateau de Moreau is a bit pricy, clocking in at $4.99 in the App Store. For that, price, though players can enjoy one of the broadest, richest, and hardest adventure puzzlers around. It’s a rock-solid offering, and one that will tickle the fancy of even the pickiest iOS puzzle fanatic.
The Secret of Chateau de Moreau requires iOS 3.1.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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