The Gray Family's drama continues in this brand-new Grim Tales game. Your niece, Stacy Gray, as well as several other students have disappeared from a boarding school. Each of of these girls was last seen with a man named Dorian Black. Visit Black's mansion, the Crimson Hollow, as you learn that the relationship between the Gray's family and the Black's family might be more complicated than you thought.
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Name: Grim Tales: Crimson Hollow Collector's Edition
Release Date: 26 August 2016
Developer: Elephant Games
Grim Tales delivers yet another killer sequel! Crimson Hollow got out attention right from the start with an intriguing opening sequence and a chilling menu screen. One can argue that the main plot in this game is just another "missing cousin" type of story - however, the ever-so-interesting backstory definitely makes up for that. It also helps that this sequel still follows the Gray's Family and their unfortunate events, we already feel invested in solving their mysteries even before the game started.
The attention to details is key in Grim Tales: Crimson Hollow. All of the locations are incredibly beautiful with just the perfect lighting and a mind-blowing amount of details - they are honestly all wallpaper-worthy. The use of audio is also excellent in this game; the background music maintains the suspense and the haunting atmosphere of the game very well and the voice-overs are neither overly-dramatic nor too monotone.
Gameplay wise, Grim Tales: Crimson Hollow plays it fairly safe. Avid fans of the genre will find the game pretty familiar and easy to navigate with little actual innovation. Although the hidden object scenes and the puzzles are nothing revolutionary, they are certainly expertly-developed. They fit right in with the theme of the game and offer a great share of entertainment. In addition to the standard game mechanics, Crimson Hollow also comes with a magic Skull, in which you can use to get advice from your father and the Sphere of Time, a useful time-travelling device.
Because of the game's fast-paced storytelling and intense environment, we were kept engaged at all times during the four hours. The bonus chapter explores the story further and is just as amazing as the main game. Other extras include a strategy guide, wallpapers, screensavers, collectibles, achievements, concept art, soundtracks, archives and a Secret Room.
Grim Tales: Crimson Hollow will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. Elephant Games spins a cliché into an unbelievably exciting one, and with the help from a stunning production - this game is clearly a gem.
Graphics: 5/5 Stars
Sound: 5/5 Stars
Story: 4.5/5 Stars
Originality: 4/5 Stars
Originality: 4/5 Stars
Gameplay: 4/5 Stars
Puzzles: 4/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 5/5 Stars
Fun Factor: 5/5 Stars
Extras: 5/5 Stars