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  • Summary: The Sexy Brutale, a never-ending ball featuring intrigue, murder, and quite possibly the occult. Players have to unveil the secrets of The Sexy Brutale casino mansion and its inhabitants, as they relive the same mysterious and murderous masked ball.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Apr 10, 2017
    100
    Make no mistake – The Sexy Brutale deserves as much attention as any Horizon, Zelda, Nioh or Persona.
  2. Apr 10, 2017
    90
    The Sexy Brutale is a very different type of game to anything on the PS4 currently, taking up a Groundhog Day-style in gameplay that is excellently executed. The game is perfectly presented with outstanding audio and visuals that are able to switch the tone of the story from being joyfully upbeat to a very dark within a matter of moments. The story does a great job of keeping you fixated on looking for answers from beginning to end and its conclusion will leave you more than satisfied with your time spent solving its interestingly intricate puzzles.
  3. Apr 16, 2017
    85
    The Sexy Brutale is a refreshing new take on the classic murder mystery genre. Throughout my journey of the mansion I went through many different emotions as I raced against the clock to save the guests from their unfortunate demise. The rather short campaign should not outweigh the brilliant music, gorgeous graphical style and unique game mechanics that make up The Sexy Brutale as a whole.
  4. Apr 10, 2017
    80
    The Sexy Brutale is a game that stands out for the implementation of the temporary plane in its puzzles and for having a great atmosphere thanks to its soundtrack and its artistic design.
  5. Apr 11, 2017
    80
    An inspired mix of graphic adventure and Majora’s Mask style time travel, that offers some of the year’s most inspired puzzle-solving.
  6. Apr 10, 2017
    75
    It's one of the most original puzzle adventures we've played in a while, and although it's a very good game, it had potential to be even better.
  7. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Jun 14, 2017
    50
    It seems to have all the right ingredients on the outside looking in. That's before you start trying to unravel its awkward puzzles via its tedious time mechanics. [June 2017, p.86]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Apr 15, 2017
    10
    a great and uniqe game mostly games like this are too few. classic art and nice game theme and good story if you are looking for a diffrenta great and uniqe game mostly games like this are too few. classic art and nice game theme and good story if you are looking for a diffrent game this is it Expand
  2. Nov 30, 2017
    10
    I like almost everything in this game. I like art, story, music (I like soundtrack very much).

    Go ahead: explore storyline, make theories.
    I like almost everything in this game. I like art, story, music (I like soundtrack very much).

    Go ahead: explore storyline, make theories. Game is wonderful.

    I put 10 but for me there is one drawback in this game (well actually not a drawback but mis expectation as game is still quite good, but not what I expected it to be): puzzles are easy. So if you want hard puzzles that will challenge your intelligence you won't wind them here. But what you find is interesting art style, good themed music and mystery story.
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  3. Apr 14, 2017
    9
    There's very little to dislike about this game and a lot to adore, but I'll blurt out the bad first:

    The game has some minor buffering
    There's very little to dislike about this game and a lot to adore, but I'll blurt out the bad first:

    The game has some minor buffering issues. Controller input can be a little wonky, with your character turning around, rather than open a door.
    Other than that, I was - initially - somewhat disappointed by the puzzles. Going in expecting this to be a puzzle detective, I barely strained a brain cell for three quarters of it. All the puzzles are obviously telegraphed. Sneak up on the appropriate gaggle of Ne'er-do-wells and they'll handily exposition you the specifications of their circuitous scheme and how to foil it.

    No matter how obvious though, the act of foiling these plans (or not!) managed to remain fun throughout. The game has oodles of style and atmosphere and just watching the life in the mansion tick down is a true joy. Uncovering the details of a plot, sneaking about the mansion, spying and applying your interesting and well implemented skills, gives you a very "Thief"-like feeling of being the voyeur and saboteur to this beautiful, intricate world. It's all there for you to outwit, and be privy to the various overlapping intrigues as they run through each other like ornate clockwork. The urge to undo a tied ribbon, lies mostly in how pretty the bow is. The Sexy Brutale in that, is one hell of a tantalizing knot in artwork, sound and snappy character design.

    Eventually, the intelligence of this game is found instead, in how it kept misdirecting my expectations. There were several moments where I thought I had the Sexy Brutale figured out, only for mounting dread to make me doubt, and then fear another theory.

    In the end, the game has one hell of a mind-boggling plot twist that makes everything feel like it made sense. I'll only say this: A storepage's tag of "mystery/adventure" suits Sexy Brutale best. Buy this game for the mystery, vague as that may sound, and I can promise you the inquisitive will be well rewarded with one hell of a journey.
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  4. Nov 2, 2017
    8
    The Sexy Brutale, a game I was playing off my live review Streams, captivated me with its stealth, mystery styled gameplay, beautifulThe Sexy Brutale, a game I was playing off my live review Streams, captivated me with its stealth, mystery styled gameplay, beautiful jazz-themed soundtrack, and a truly interesting cast of characters. It's a game that has a certain mystique I haven't experienced since the days of the Myst Series. Introduced to this game by the Extra Credits Team on YouTube as the "Groundhog's Day of Murder" I was instantly interested, and I have to say I'll definitely take their recommendations with great consideration from now on. This game was a masterpiece of how a stealthy mystery game should be made. it wasn't unfair at any point in time, or that punishing in moments of peril. This game had everything and allowed you to focus on solving the series of murders, rather than distracting you with how to avoid conflicts. It's a breath of fresh air and I can't wait to see Tequllia Works and Cavalier Games Studio's next project.

    The Sexy Brutale gets a 8/10
    -Das Dood
    Follow my Live Reviews on Twitch at Twitch.tv/Das_Dood
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  5. Dec 14, 2019
    8
    Outstanding music, great story and pretty nice gameplay. I was feeling lack of a mini-map but I can understand it was on purpose. Worth toOutstanding music, great story and pretty nice gameplay. I was feeling lack of a mini-map but I can understand it was on purpose. Worth to play for sure! Expand
  6. Jan 28, 2018
    7
    Sort of like a cross between Cluedo and Groundhog Day, The Sexy Brutale is a puzzle game in which you use time travel mechanics to save peopleSort of like a cross between Cluedo and Groundhog Day, The Sexy Brutale is a puzzle game in which you use time travel mechanics to save people from gruesome deaths – about ten in total. It’s set in a swanky casino which you’re invited to attend a masked ball by a mysterious host and it immediately that not all is as it seems. Each guest is lured into various areas where they’re killed off without remorse. It’s up to you to use the power of a trusty pocket watch to work out how they’re going to die. And then to stop them from doing so.

    The trick to it all is that you can’t be seen by any of the guests. The masks they wear – or have been purposefully designated – contains a hidden power that attacks you should you enter the same room as them. In order to avoid this, you have to find ways to work around it. You can hide in wardrobes, peek through doors, and watch them on surveillance cameras. But the trick is that you only have 12 hours to do so.

    As such it's imperative to play through each death. Travelling back in time to an earlier part of the day allows you to gain knowledge of their actions, including who they interact with and where they’re going to die. It might sound complicated but in practice it works seamlessly. It requires the player to figure out ways around the mansion that don’t involve confronting them directly and to make sure the guards don’t find a successful way to bump guests off.

    In many ways, it’s quite similar to a point and click adventure. You acquire items throughout your trips around the hotel, which you can use to interact with other things. The only thing you need to remember is that certain things will only be found, or work, at certain parts of the day. Rewinding time means you lose each item. It opens up the rescue as a process that comes together as you repeat each day.

    Pleasingly, the story is well-designed. Aside from an exposition dump in the last 30 minutes, the game sticks to the tried and tested formula of playing out each death as a chapter like in a tragic storybook. Characters themselves are minimal yet always quite interesting. However, it’s your relationship with the casino’s owner where the game shows its narrative strength. To mention it in any depth at all would be to spoil it but rest assured it’s a strange tale of regret, death, and remorse.

    While there were times when I found myself stumped – I had to look up the answer on at least two occasions - the puzzles are mostly all fair. The art-style is brilliant, as is the jazzy soundtrack, and there’s something extraordinarily satisfying about investigating the casino’s ground. The limit to each day made it feel like there was something to accomplish each time I turned back the clock, and while I unwittingly saved at least two guests by complete accident, the game kept me fully engaged throughout its five-hour duration.

    Overall, it’s a smart, delightfully-designed game that shows how a low-production budget needn’t hold a game back from daring to use new ideas. While not a complete masterpiece it's still a very unique experience.
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  7. Apr 16, 2017
    6
    Nice game but very basic. Good concept that was not explored to it's full potential, puzzles are very simple, they are designed for you toNice game but very basic. Good concept that was not explored to it's full potential, puzzles are very simple, they are designed for you to feel smart without actual complexity and challenge, wich feels like alot of lost potential. Expand

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