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  • Summary: The Marquis is renowned for three things: his annual masked balls, his eclectic taste in friends, and his grand casino mansion -- "The Sexy Brutale".
    But this year's party is very different. Something truly terrible has found its way into the heart of "The Sexy Brutale", turning the ball
    The Marquis is renowned for three things: his annual masked balls, his eclectic taste in friends, and his grand casino mansion -- "The Sexy Brutale".
    But this year's party is very different. Something truly terrible has found its way into the heart of "The Sexy Brutale", turning the ball into a nightmare where the staff stalk and murder the guests with no hope of escape.

    And at the end of every day when the clocks strike midnight... the same day begins all over again.

    Discover the secrets of "The Sexy Brutale" casino mansion and its inhabitants as you relive the same mysterious and murderous masked ball over and over. The story is unfolding in real-time all around you -- what is happening to the guests? Who is behind it? Can you piece it all together and end the loop to save them, and save yourself?
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Jan 2, 2018
    90
    Let down only by slowdown, The Sexy Brutale is a load of fun. It's got that Scooby-Doo-like magic to it, that sense of achievement when you solve the puzzles and save the day. Atmosphere is good, music is good, as is innovation - without the slowdown, it would be perfect.
  2. Jan 22, 2018
    80
    Perfect for fans of intricate time-looping narratives, The Sexy Brutale is a brilliant mystery puzzler brimming with extravagant character. It's unfortunate this masquerade romp couldn't mask its technical issues on the Switch, but if you enter this mansion of debauchery with a dose of patience, the reward will be a memorable tale orchestrated by a roaring soundtrack.
  3. Dec 11, 2017
    76
    An original and ingenious Art Noveau graphic adventure, which has some performance problems in the Nintendo Switch version.
  4. Dec 12, 2017
    70
    The Sexy Brutale is an immensely enjoyable game and it's easy to understand how it's received such high praise on other platforms. Sadly, the Switch port isn't the best. It suffers from mild audio and major performance issues that a person with lesser patience would find it hard to get through, and that's a real shame.
  5. Dec 18, 2017
    70
    As short-lived as the story is, The Sexy Brutale is still a standout murder mystery title. The stimulating 3D puzzle and adventure elements makes it one of the best within its genre. The chosen theme and locale is also the exact type of setting you want for a title built on intrigue, murder and mystery. If you’re more of a shoot first, ask questions later sort of player, this might not be for you, but for the type of person who enjoys a slower-paced but equally as rewarding game experience, this is a murder mystery worth looking into.
  6. Dec 27, 2017
    69
    The Sexy Brutale is substantially a good game, but the Switch version has many technical problems: unstable frame rate, very long loading times and some major bugs are only a few number of the issues that prevent the game from reaching a higher score.
  7. Mar 16, 2018
    50
    The Sexy Brutale is an intriguing game with good ideas and an incredible atmosphere. It is well worth your time, as long as you don't play it on the Nintendo Switch. Without the technical issues, the game would've garnered a much higher score, but this port struggles at every turn and is best left alone.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 9
  2. Negative: 6 out of 9
  1. Mar 5, 2022
    8
    "The Sexy Brutale is filled to the brim with charm, and the Murder Mystery scenario will keep you intrigued until its satisfying ending. The"The Sexy Brutale is filled to the brim with charm, and the Murder Mystery scenario will keep you intrigued until its satisfying ending. The puzzles aren’t especially complicated, you can’t resave guests, and the performance issues all stop it from being the masterpiece it deserves to be; but that doesn’t stop it from being a must-play experience. I hope Cavalier Game Studios make a sequel or successor in the future so that we can return to the scene of the crime again. And again."

    https://theeliteinstitute.net/2021/08/13/the-sexy-brutale/
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  2. Jan 9, 2021
    8
    A delightful surprise that has been haunting my backlog for some time now. It is a small mystery "whodunit" adventure, logic game and I lovedA delightful surprise that has been haunting my backlog for some time now. It is a small mystery "whodunit" adventure, logic game and I loved every second of its perfectly timed 5 hours. I finished it in one go! :) The mechanics are simple and have you on the hook from the first minute until the ending. The small design team at Cavalier Game Studios definitely know how to make an engaging experience. The graphic style is amazing and translates perfectly to this kind of genre. It oozes style and mystery and is very original. Arguably I played Switch version and I was glad to only look up gameplay from other platforms after I finished. What I saw would definitely make me choose a better platform graphically. Make yourself a favour and set apart 5-6 hours to play this gem! Expand
  3. Dec 17, 2017
    5
    The game is pretty fun but really short. i finished it just on one day and i didn't spent all the day. The puzzles are not hard but also notThe game is pretty fun but really short. i finished it just on one day and i didn't spent all the day. The puzzles are not hard but also not easy. On other platforms i would rate it with an 7 or 8 but on switch the game is pretty bad ported. The game doesn't show amazing graphics but somehow on switch the game suddenly start loading between rooms or the performance gets down to like 5 fps for a few seconds.

    I would buy it on PC but not on switch.
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  4. Jul 10, 2019
    3
    The game itself is great, unfortunately this port is awful. It's actually somewhat shocking they bothered releasing it in this state andThe game itself is great, unfortunately this port is awful. It's actually somewhat shocking they bothered releasing it in this state and haven't bothered fixing it. Massive, sustained framerate dips. Long loading times. If the Switch can run Doom 2016 then there is no excuse for this port. The game is playable but the performance severely hindered my enjoyment. If you only have a Switch then go for it, but you are better off getting it on PC. Expand
  5. Jun 5, 2020
    3
    Primero decir que mi nota se debe a la terrible versión que han sacado para switch, no al juego en sí. Primero hablaré un poco del juego yPrimero decir que mi nota se debe a la terrible versión que han sacado para switch, no al juego en sí. Primero hablaré un poco del juego y luego de los enormes lastres de esta versión.

    Lo bueno:
    - La idea de repetir el mismo día una y otra vez para salvar a los invitados me parece bastante interesante y original.
    - Los puzles están bastante bien.
    - La banda sonora es bastante animada y acompaña en todo momento.
    - La historia no está mal.

    Lo malo:
    - Muy corto, incluso si vas a por el 100%.
    - Personajes sin carisma ninguno.

    El juego como ya he dicho no está mal. Yo le daría un 7 tranquilamente. Pero la versión de switch tiene unos fallos muy gordos imposibles de pasar por alto:
    - Caídas de frames continuas incluso donde menos te lo esperes. De hecho, son raros los momentos en los que no pega tirones.
    - Tiempos de carga cada dos por tres en los que la pantalla se puede llegar a quedar congelada hasta 30 segundos en los peores casos.
    - Combo de los dos apartados anteriores: tiempo de carga horrible seguido de un bajón bestial de fps para entrar en otra habitación y volver a empezar.

    Después de la horrible versión de Rime para switch, vuelven a repetir con The Sexy Brutale en una versión cuyas bondades se ven opacadas por la nefasta optimización del port. En serio, si no saben programar para switch que no lo hagan, pero sacar esto al mercado es una vergüenza.
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  6. Jul 26, 2020
    2
    The Sexy Brutale on Switch has absolutely abysmal performance. The game has frequent slowdown, frame rate drop, and long loading screens. TheThe Sexy Brutale on Switch has absolutely abysmal performance. The game has frequent slowdown, frame rate drop, and long loading screens. The 1.06 update promised to fix these problems, but unfortunately didn’t. On other platforms, this is a fantastic game, but with the poor performance, it isn’t worth playing on Switch. Expand
  7. Aug 29, 2018
    0
    The Switch version has experience-breaking performance. Not only bad frame rates, but also long pauses and loading times in the middle ofThe Switch version has experience-breaking performance. Not only bad frame rates, but also long pauses and loading times in the middle of normal gameplay (e.g. when spying through doors). The patches up to end of August 2018 haven't fixed this, and the developer replies to complains about this don't show any intention of fixing this in the future.

    This is a good game. Play it in another platform. The Switch version is frustrating.
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