The Gray's family will definitely go down in history as one of the most unfortunate families in existence. The Grim Tales series has now come to its tenth game, and unlike many of the long-standing HOPA series, we are not yet tired of this series. Perhaps it's because we are always excited to see where the developer will go with the next installment, how the storyline will intertwine with the existing plot of the Grays. In The Heir, you need to travel to your family's castle and investigate the disappearance of Brandon Gray's son and the mysterious coma of his wife.
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Name: Grim Tales: The Heir Collector's Edition
Release Date: 26 February 2016
Developer: Elephant Games
We are beyond impressed by the way that Elephant Games managed to release over ten games based on just this one family. What's more surprising is that the story in Grim Tales always intrigue us, and this one is no different. Grim Tales: The Heir is probably one of the darkest games in the series. In this game, you will get to interact with new characters, as well as talk to some familiar faces, which is always a pleasure when it comes to Grim Tales. The Heir also has you travel to and from the past, the present and the future. This time-travelling element is very well-integrated into the plot and doesn't appear to be unnecessary or random.
Grim Tales: The Heir wows us once again with its sights and sounds. The classy artwork, the top-notch quality graphics and the stunning cutscenes never fail to amaze us. Every single location in Grim Tales: The Heir looks absolutely spectacular, they kept our eyes glued to the screen. As with many of the game from Elephant, the music often comes and goes. That works out for The Heir, as silence is somewhat needed when it comes to such an intense storyline. At the same time, the voice-acting is on-point and easy to follow.
For avid HOPA fans, it should not be difficult to guide your way around Grim Tales: The Heir. On one hand, The Heir does not execute anything particularly revolutionary. On the other hand, it does what it needs to do incredibly well. There is the perfect balance between suspense and excitement to keep us wanting more. The adventure portion of the game is smooth and appropriately paced. There is a lot to do in each scene and thus, a reasonable amount of backtracking. As for the hidden object scenes, they are creative and fun - and most importantly, they fit well with the given scenario. However, the puzzles are less notable. Many of them take on an interesting twist on the classics, but the majority of them are undeniably easy and lack innovation.
The main game was a four and a half hour of wonder, and the equally-astounding bonus chapter adds another hour to the total. If you decide to purchase the Collector's Edition (which you should), you would also get a strategy guide, wallpapers, concept art, screensavers, soundtracks, achievements, collectibles, a secret room and archives.
Grim Tales: The Heir makes us fell in love with Grim Tales even more. Grim Tales: The Heir is an outstanding tenth installment in this one-of-a-kind series; apart from a few boring puzzles, everything else in the game is geared to perfection.
Graphics: 5/5 Stars
Sound: 5/5 Stars
Story: 4.5/5 Stars
Originality: 4.5/5 Stars
Originality: 4.5/5 Stars
Gameplay: 5/5 Stars
Puzzles: 3.5/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 5/5 Stars
Fun Factor: 5/5 Stars
Extras: 5/5 Stars