“Tangle Tower” by SFB Games (Tom Vian & Adam Vian), Catherine Unger, Jonathan Harris, Calum Bowen, Kimlinh Tran, Edwyn Tiong, Amber Lee Connors, Doug Stone, John Mondelli, Faye Mata, Sarah Anne Williams, Tiana Camacho, Josh Tomar, Raphael Benjamin Meyer, Martin Offik, David Christiansen, Budapest Art Orchestra, Peter Pejtsik, Regina Dahlen, Andreas Böhlen, Nadishana, Mirko Arnone, Michelangelo Rinaldi, Markus Neuweiler, Daniel Ella, Emese Mali, Gábor Buczko, Emotionscore, Miklós Lukács, Nautilus Sound Studio, Universally Speaking, Rory Faulkner, Idalina Taylor, Donovan Chevalier, Georges P., Noemi Petrini, Philipp Techen, Jesús Calzado Díaz, Bram Starink, Muhammad Mahmoud Kamel Yassin, Rodrigo Cali, Yulia Spektor, M. Taha Ardal, Soyoung Kim, Haruna Yokoyama, Yitong Mao, Cynthia Lin, Bertrand Bonnet-Badillé, Paolo Cecotti, Illka Wegner, Henry Pijffers, Samuel Augusto Modesto, Sara Jiménez García, Yevgeniy Oliynyk, Hassan Trabelsi, Gül Tekin, Shuai Fang, Shang Ke, Alcir Neto, Maddy Vian & Kate Fayer.
“Unravel a thrilling mystery by exploring a strange and twisted mansion, discovering curious clues, interrogating peculiar suspects and solving unique puzzles. Freya Fellow has been murdered. The lead suspect? A shadowy figure found looming over her body, wielding a knife. The problem? That suspect […] is just a painting.”
The last title of the “Detective Grimoire” series is an absolute blast in each aspect. Grimoire and Sally arrive at an island with a couple of buildings, which together are named “Tangle Tower”. Two wealthy families reside here: The Fellows and the Pointers. It is also the place of death for one of the youngest Fellow children called Freya. It appears that she was murdered right when she painted a portrait of Fiona Fellow, seemingly by a stabbing wound in her chest. Fiona was in the room at the time of Freya’s death, but she refuses to speak a single word. So it is up to Grimoire and Sally to discover the truth behind this mysterious case.
The plot itself has absolutely everything one could wish for, as the players will unravel family feuds, forbidden love as well as searching for a better or at least new life. Same goes for the puzzle design, whose elegance could be best compared to the puzzles of the “Nelson Tethers: Puzzle Agent” series in my opinion. All of them can be solved without any hints and with pure logical thinking, but when you fail to solve them in the first attempt, Sally or Grimoire will give you some useful tips, pointing you further to the core of the problem.
I could ramble passionately for hours about the fantastic graphics, music, sound effects and especially the voiceover work! Each voice was perfectly picked for their characters, bringing them to life like nothing else could. Especially Edwyn Tiong as Grimoire with his ‘Cool guy, but a bit naive and stupid’ attitude made me laugh, while the sarcastic tune in Amber Lee Connors’ performance as Sally simply nailed it. It also feels so satisfying to explore each corner of “Tangle Tower”, finding new information that might help to find out what really happened to Freya. So you better do not pass out on that one if you love games about crime-solving, as this title is a pure hit.