Less a point-and-click title, more just a point
Trends of all natures are generally cyclical — be it dresses, suits, silly hair or, indeed, videogames. For this reason, the return to simple-by-necessity interfaces offered by Apple’s devices may well see the point-and-click undergo a renaissance. Not here mind you; The Secret Of Grisly Manor’s challenge proving relatively simplistic, and not altogether bound up in logic.
Help functions prove oddly absent — not exactly the most promising of starts — as players are set loose around the titular house. With no additional character besides our gamer’s unseen eye, the only option is to wander about, encountering chess pieces mysteriously missing, butterfly-shaped holes into which, say, jewel encrusted butterflies can be slid, among other such stereotypes. Solutions to puzzles are therefore quite often simply solved by conducting thorough searches, rather than engaging the brain.
While some may view this as old-school charm, old-fashioned might be a more appropriate turn of phrase.