The tragedy that runs along The Gray's family continues in this sixth installment of the well-known Grim Tales franchise. The size of this family seems to keep reducing with the release of each sequel; in The Vengeance, Elizabeth has been murdered and her brother, James has been accused for the case. Travel back in time before the time of this tragic event and prove James' innocence!
Name: Grim Tales: The Vengeance Collector's Edition
Release Date: 16 May 2014
Developer: Elephant Games
Grim Tales: The Vengeance opens with an intense, stunningly made introduction - we knew right away that Elephant Games would not disappoint us this time round. The story in The Vengeance is a continuation from the previous five titles in the series, although it is not an absolute requirement to play those five games first. The plot is what pretty much can be expected from this series; mysteries, deaths and a bit of a supernatural factor thrown in. What different about this sixth game is the Time-Travelling aspect of the story. In order to prove your nephew's innocence, you have to travel back in time where time is frozen and gather up the evidences to show to the court. This is an interesting idea; however, the backstory and all the family trees can become too overwhelming and too confusing for those who are new to the franchise, and even those die-hard fans.
Nonetheless, the presentation in Grim Tales: The Vengeance is without question, marvelous! The graphics are crystal clear and beautiful blue shades, special effects are amazing and the details are just mesmerizing. The music is epic, but fairly loud compared to what we are used to from Elephant. The voice overs are solid, accompanied by a fair attempt of lip-syncing.
In terms of gameplay, Grim Tales: The Vengeance does not really bring anything new to the genre. Despite that, it ticks all the boxes and does not fail to entertain us. As with the usual games from elephant, Grim Tales 6 is an extremely game with tons of tasks at hand, numerous inventory items and a large number of locations to explore. Luckily for us, the interactive map is beautifully-designed and does a satisfying job on guiding the player to the right location. Other aspects of the game are well-done also, the hidden object scenes are mostly junkpiles and straightforward, but they are easy on the eye and items are not too difficult to spot. The puzzles are the better parts of this game and we are glad that there are many to be solved throughout the game. While they might not be totally unique, they are definitely enjoyable and suitable for the theme of the game.
Unfortunately, Grim Tales: The Vengeance is a little bit lacking on the Extras. The main game has a good length of around 4 hours for advanced players, but the Bonus Chapter barely reaches 40 minutes. Other Extras are the average even though we like the idea that the statuette collectibles add some extra stories to the game.
Grim Tales: The Vengeance suggests us once again, the reason why the Grim Tales series deserves a special place in our hearts. Grim Tales: The Vengeance is an expertly-crafted HOPA filled with terrific visuals, captivating storyline and neat mechanics.
Graphics: 5/5 Stars
Sound: 4.5/5 Stars
Story: 4/5 Stars
Originality: 4/5 Stars
Originality: 4/5 Stars
Gameplay: 4.5/5 Stars
Puzzles: 4.5/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 5/5 Stars