Genre:  Comedy adventure   

Developer & Publisher:   Deceptive Games             

Released:   July 2017             

Requirements (recommended):

  • OS: Windows 7
  • Processor: 1.5 GHz Processor
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 100% DirectX compatible graphics
  • Storage: 1 GB available space
  • Sound Card: 100% DirectX compatible card or onboard soun



By flotsam


The Secret Monster Society: Chapter 1 Ė Monsters, Fires and Forbidden Forests

Deceptive Games

Ever wondered where your dreams come from? Apparently itís a result of the world within our world, an underworld if you will. Inhabited by what we would call monsters, it is they who have responsibility for feeding us our dreams.

One such monster is Blithe Dalrich, who managed to save both worlds. This is his story.

All of this we know from the opening dialogue, told by a bespectacled moustachioed creature reminiscent of many a Dr Seuss critter. Then we are off to start our adventure with Blithe.

About 45 minutes to an hour later, Blithe is on his way somewhere/when with his friend Aphonic, blipped out of existence in a bubble. I suspect the real story is just beginning, but it will have to wait until Chapter 2.

The time in between is a gentle, animated point and click inventory quest that, while it doesnít reach any great heights, delivers a colourful, almost childlike, animated outing.

The monsters are engaging, a motley monstery crew, each different from the other. They look and sound like these sorts of monsters should; think Monsters Inc rather than Godzilla. A variety of jaunty musical pieces accompanies things.

Everything is done with the left mouse. Click once to interact and again to pick the desired action curser; at most there will be two, either look or talk, or look or take. Move the mouse to the top of the screen to reveal the inventory, and just drag items onto each other or into the game world. Press escape to access the menu, including save at will. Itís all very straightforward.

The conundrums are pretty much inventory based, save for a few near the end. Navigating the forbidden forest involves trial and error to determine which direction to go, a wrong one returning you to the start, and would have felt like filler but for the nature of the Forbidden Forest and its limited duration. Ditto the glittering object treasure hunt.

I didnít know Deceptive Games, but a visit to their website suggests their other non-VR game might be more up my alley. Based on the information on the site, the two games couldnít be more different, but kudos to them to trying to provide for different tastes. This game does what it does to a nicely polished degree, and will undoubtedly find an audience. I am not really part of it, but nonetheless you would be a hardhearted soul to feel negatively about the first chapter.

I played on:

OS: Windows 10, 64 Bit

Processor: Intel i7-6700 4GHz


Video card: AMD Radeon RX 470 8192MB


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