Mortimer Beckett and the Secrets of Spooky Manor
As you might figure out by your own the protagonist of this game, and the character you will be representing as the player, is Mortimer Becket. You will be presented with this character on the game introduction, comic style, in which he tells you that he’s travelling to his uncle’s manor. Ten days ago in front of his door he found a package. Inside was a journal, with each entry written in verse. Included was a letter… package was from Jerome Becket, Mortimer’s uncle. He recalls having seen him over 20 years ago for the last time, and doesn’t remember much but he used to be surrounded by piles of books and strange machines. A quite eccentric person.
The letter Mortimer received from his uncle read: “My dear nephew, something terrible has happened. The machine itself is ready but they stole the starter unit. Its parts are hidden all about the house. You must come and help me find and complete the starter unit. We must activate the machine without haste. I await your quick arrival”. After reading the letter Mortimer is asking himself (probably you too) who are “they”, what happened to his uncle, and what kind of machine he’s talking about.
So, let’s move on and know what is this game about. The story creates an environment and a goal for the game, which is a seek & find game, which means that you have to search for certain items in different scenes and find them in order to progress in the game. In this case, the scenarios will be represented by different rooms in the manor. You can see your current location at any time in the game map. The game has some twists though, if you compare it with other games of the same kind. The first obvious difference is that in this game you have to search for fragments of objects and find all the fragments to finally “find” a whole object and release it from the list. The second difference with respect other games is that the items to find are classified into two categories: misplaced items and puzzle items. The third special characteristic of the game is that here, once you find all the pieces of the misplaced items, you need to put the items back in their correct places within the room. Only after you do that, you can find your way to the next level.
When you first enter the game, you’ll be asked for a player name and then you’ll get to the main menu with the following options on it:
- Change Player: the first time there’s no existing player. After you create one or more, they’ll be saved. When you enter into this submenu, you’ll be asked for a name as a new player. It’s possible to have a list of different players and record their performance. This way, you can play home tournaments with family and friends.
- Play: this option leads you to the game introduction. After that you’ll be reaching the first room to play.
- Options: this is the menu from which you can set some game options like sound volume, music volume, and full screen.
- Credits and Exit: no further explanation required.
You can try this game for 60 minutes before you buy the licensed version. If you like it, you can buy this game for only 19.95 dollars, right from the Oberon Media Game Center, on the Web.
About the system requirements, is not that big computer that you need to run this game. Take a look to the list:
- Windows Vista; Windows XP
- 3D Graphics card w/ 16MB VRAM
- DirectX 8.0 or higher
- 700 MHz processor or faster
- 128MB RAM
- It’s very easy to learn how to play using the on-screen help
- Good suspense atmosphere
- Affordable price
- The interface is only available in English
- It’s not a multiplayer game
- Use on network is not supported