The Sexy Brutale is a weird and wonderful puzzle game that toys with the concept of Déjà vu. Players progress through the “The Sexy Brutale” mansion by solving a series of murders and suicides of the guests with a somewhat unique and well-designed catalogue of techniques.
At the start of each day, the events unfold as expected with a number of the visitors meeting their untimely demise. At the end of the day, the clock resets and loops back to the beginning of the day. Using this time-loop to your advantage, you’ll explore the various areas of the beautiful, gothic mansion looking for a way to prevent the murders from happening, thus breaking the time loop and progressing to the next day. Preventing the murders may involve concealing a weapon, unlocking a password protected doorway or simply being in the right place at the right time.
Failure to prevent the deaths is not too punishing as you’ll be cast back to the beginning of the day, losing that day’s worth of progress, but with further knowledge of that day’s events, allowing you to plan ahead and eventually, succeed.
Alongside the rinse and repeat mechanics required for progression, you’ll also have 52 (yes, 52!) hidden playing cards to search high and low, throughout the game for. As with all collectables in games, some will be easy to spot than others and some will require you to trace your steps in order to find them. As expected there’s an Achievement for finding the full deck, with a rather generous Gamerscore reward.
This is a fantastic game for any one looking for a challenge or trying to test their detective skills. I’m not a massive puzzle aficionado myself, but I am really enjoying the challenge in trying to figure out when that murder happens and how I am going to stop it in time. It adds such an interesting twist, trying to remember when I need to be in which location and where I found this, or what door was what. The charming and detailed visuals of the beautiful gothic mansion-turned-casino, the fun, bouncy jazz-inspired soundtrack and of course, the interesting and unique day-resetting mechanics all come together to form a well-designed and fantastically presented title which I’m happy to say I’ve played.