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Wayward Manor Review | Scarily Mediocre

Author:
Matt Gardner
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Reviews
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Indie Games, Moonshark, Neil Gaiman, PC games, Puzzle games, The Odd Gentlemen, Wayward Manor

Wayward Manor Review | Scarily Mediocre

Why aren't you any fun, Wayward Manor? You're the result of a collaboration between a successful indie studio in The Odd Gentlemen -- responsible for the really rather good The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom -- and one of my favourite authors: Neil Gaiman; you have a promising set up that sees players taking on the role of a ghost and attempting to frighten an unwanted family out of the eponymous house; you look like a mix of the works of Tim Burton and Henry Selick...

So where did it all go wrong?

Let's break it down. Wayward Manor is a point and click puzzler set across twenty-five stages, each of which see you peering down into various rooms of the grumpy manor, itself rather wonderfully voiced by Gaiman himself, and manipulating various items and fixtures and fittings in each of these rooms to scare the unwanted family member currently inside. Six scares are required before you can summon the ghoulish energy to unleash a torrent of spectral energy that'll send the whole chamber rattling, and force your victim to flee in terror.

The manner by which you go about amassing those six scares differs in form, but not in function. The game basically revolves around you clicking the left-mouse button for everything, but timing and angles are key. Sending a mouse scurrying in front of your unsuspecting mark at just the right time involves precise deployment, as does dropping a bottle from the rafters as your target passes by. It's simple stuff, but the game restricts your abilities slightly. In each room, there are three tiers of interactive opportunities, expanding as you build up the scare count and amass more power. In the first level, you can only throw bottles around, then your influence spreads to the window shutters, and after that all bets are off.

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Opening Scenes | Neil Gaiman's Wayward Manor - First 10 Mins Gameplay

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
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Indie Games, Neil Gaiman, Opening Scenes, PC games, Puzzle games, Videos, Wayward Manor

Wayward Manor is an odd little game. Something of a point-and-click puzzler, it involves you manipulating a variety of puzzle rooms within the eponymous domicile as the manor's resident ghost, attempting to scare the assorted miscreants currently residing in the house out of their minds.

The review will go live later this week, but here's a little taster of what to expect in the meantime.

Neil Gaiman, John Kovalic, John C. Wright & Mercedes Lackey Support Save City Of Heroes Campaign

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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City of Heroes, Neil Gaiman, Paragon Studios, Save Paragon City!

Neil Gaiman, John Kovalic, John C. Wright & Mercedes Lackey Support Save City Of Heroes Campaign

The fan campaign to save Paragon Studios and prevent City Of Heroes from shutting down is going from strength to strength, with several high-profile authors pledging support to the cause. Stardust author Neil Gaiman, Sci-Fi writer John C. Wright and bestselling fantasy author Mercedes Lackey have lent their voices to the endeavour, both in terms of tweets, blog posts and even direct pleas to NCsoft themselves.

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