The Secret Monster Society - Chapter 1: Monsters, Fires and Forbidden Forests
Developer: Deceptive Games
Genre: Interactive Story
Play as Blithe Dalrich, a dream monster of the ‘Underworld’, who with the help of his best friend Aphonic, embarks on an epic adventure to sunny Caribbean islands, creepy cursed forests, and snow covered mountains, all in the hopes of stopping an evil genius from destroying the world.
Meet a host of memorable characters, and wield the ability of time travel to solve fun and engaging puzzles.
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The Secret Monster Society - Chapter 1: Monsters, Fires and Forbidden Forests is a great precursor to the fully-fledged point-and-click adventure, filled with a pleasing selection of puzzle styles, some wonderful visual presentation, and great voice acting along the way. What it lacks in terms of overall length and taxing puzzles, it makes up for in the aesthetic stakes, with some really loveable characters introduced, leaving a strong desire for Chapter 2 to arrive quickly.
I have to suggest that you wait for a price drop, or for the whole collection of chapters to release until you get this game - The game is charming, and full of energy and wonderful characters that could carry the series on their own merit, however I just feel that as a video game, it falls short. Perhaps if the story had explored a different media (Such as a comic or webnovel), would it've fared better? Only time would tell. I would rate The Secret Monster Society a 7/10 as an introduction into the Point & Click genre.