Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor Review
- The chance to experience a game that almost begs for a full price-tag on other handheld devices.
- Truly unique gameplay for the iPhone.
- The controls can be fiddly.
- Not the kind of game that works in small bursts.
The Secret of Bryce Manor is a sophisticated enough game to please even the most hardened of gamers, while remaining friendly to the more casual of players.
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It's a rare moment to come across a game on the iPhone that oozes style and addictive gameplay. It's even rarer for it to be the first publication of a new developer. Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor by Tiger Style has set the bar high for gaming on a mobile device with an action/adventure that ties elegant gameplay with a mature narrative and a slick artistic style.
The main objective of the game is to feed your spider by creating geometric webs to capture insects, which is further complicated by the need to find useful anchor points for your web. This is achieved through the flicks, taps and presses used to jump, lay webs or simply run around the environment. At times, the game can misinterpret your gestures, but this rarely causes you to fail a level.
The artistic impact of this game on the iPhone is worth the purchase alone, with each of the 28 levels using hand-drawn 2D environments that are not only stunning to view, but are instrumental in easily identifying areas to spin your webs. Much of the hefty 50mb download for this game went in to the artwork, but there was still room for a musical soundtrack that defies you to turn it off.
With a subtle narrative told only by experiencing the game, this is the kind of app that may be marked as a key moment in the history of mobile phone gaming. This is a game that has matured with challenging and clever gameplay that will test your mettle as a gamer. Take your time to savor Spider because it's hard to put down.
DescriptionPraise for SPIDER: THE SECRET OF BRYCE MANOR:
Best Mobile Game - Indie Game Festival
Best iPhone Game - Indie Game Festival
Game of the Year - TouchArcade
Best of the Year - USA Today
Platform Game of the Year - IGN
"One of our top 3 iPhone games of all time." - boing boing
"There's really nothing as uniquely rewarding as tackling a hornet out of the air, or spinning an eight-point web." - Slide To Play
"The twin games — puzzle-action and mystery — work exceptionally well together." - IGN
"Gorgeous storybook-illustrated style that's remarkably unique for any game." - Offworld
In Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor, you take on the role of a simple house spider. Make your way from the gardens into the mysterious abandoned home, building webs to catch your prey. Crawl up the walls and climb into crevices to find hidden surprises, and eat your fill of insects to grow strong. With intuitive touch controls, you'll be constructing massive webs with the flick of a finger.
As you make your way from room to room, your little spider will stumble across the pieces of the story of what happened to the former residents of Bryce Manor. Explore every room thoroughly to find every clue and solve the mystery the house holds within its walls. Be careful, though. There are other hunters around, and some of them have no problem making a quick lunch of you. You'll have to construct bigger and stronger webs to deal with some of the deadlier twists the game throws at you. With your human brain and spider skills, can you uncover the secret of Bryce Manor?
Uncover the Secret: Search every room thoroughly for clues about what happened in the abandoned manor. Observe your surroundings and solve puzzles to reveal the story!
Battle Nature: Not everything you catch in your web will lay down without a fight. Construct larger and stronger webs to ensnare bigger and deadlier prey!
Interesting Environments: Explore every inch of the house, from the garden to the attic and everything in between. Thread your webs across a kitchen, a dining room, and many more locations!
Intuitive Controls: Use touch controls to take full advantage of your arachnid agility and zip around rooms with ease. Assemble amazing webs with a few flicks your finger, or soar through the air in any direction you choose. Doing whatever a spider can has never been simpler!
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