My review of The Sexy Brutale will be brief. Firstly it is not a game I’d normally play. I’m usually a fan of an FPS, RPG or Action Adventure. Ever since I finished The Witness I’ve been hoping and wanting a really impressive puzzle game. So when the £10 voucher dropped into my wallet on the PS Store I thought, yes let’s give this one a go. The Sexy Brutale has delivered beyond my expectations.
The game is not a puzzle game, no, not exclusively. It’s an RPG puzzle game full of action and adventure. It is similar to The Witness in that it doesn’t really explain how the puzzles work. It explains that you have the ability to restart the day and it gives you a tutorial puzzle but this section is only a tutorial in that it’s slightly less difficult than the others.
You are a guest of the Marquis and have been given powers by ‘The Bloody Girl’. Your job is to save all the guests at the party from the gas mask wearing staff. Sounds easy enough. Well that’s just it, you may not enter the same room as a member of staff or indeed the possible victim. Their masks will attack you. This means to save them you must become the silent protector, your methods must be to change the world around them from putting a blank into the, would be, murder weapon or sending someone to the victim’s aid.
To start with the only power you have is the ability to reset the day. This means that to save the guests it all becomes a little trial and error. One by one you must slowly work out the chain of events that will save their life. It’s a little like the butterfly effect only with a shorter lead time. Every guest you save gives you a new power and every clock you find is a new checkpoint.
The art style is suitably eerie for the story but lovable. The rooms are suspended mid screen with a fixed camera position. It is not something that’s used often but when it’s used like this it is charming. In fact that’s the word I’d use to describe the game. Charming, the art, textual dialogue and the music all charm me. The music is very likable. Sure it can make your puzzles even tougher as the music urges you to move quicker and make a mistake.
I have only one issue with this. Firstly, is with how much you are thrown into the deep end. The game offers little in the way of explanation. This can be a little frustrating as it means for the most part you are sat there in confusion. On second thought, aren’t puzzle games meant to do this? Aren’t we supposed to be…puzzled?
So here is my conclusion. If you are looking for a lovably difficult puzzle game look no further than this fantastic value for money game that is just waiting for you in the PS Store.