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Safecracker: The Ultimate Puzzle Adventure

A whole new meaning to 'thick as thieves'...

Let's face it, we all do things we're not proud of. It might be that Britney Spears album that you bought in secret or what happened between you and the woman from the third floor at the Christmas party. Sadly, I'll admit to actually being quite eager to get my hands on Safecracker when it arrived. I blame it on the re-runs of The Crystal Maze.

The story goes that an eccentric billionaire with a fondness for safes has died but left his will in a safe somewhere in his mansion, and the family's hired you to retrieve it. Which basically consists of wandering around a bunch of static environments while trying to crack the safes (puzzles) dotted around the place.

But herein lies the problem; I want to be eased in. I want the puzzles to seem solvable. But barely three puzzles in, I'm stuck - and without a jump-suited team-mate standing outside telling me the wrong instructions and screaming at me to "get out!", I'm stumped. Sadly, I even take a puzzle home to solve but only progress by another four safes before I'm stuck again.

After a few more hours of random clicking, I decide I'm bored of walking round the same three rooms and never want to see a puzzle again. If you find yourself tempted by this game, either go out and buy a puzzle book or go DIY by getting yourself a harmonica, shaving your head and challenging some mates to a pub quiz before having a lock-in.

The verdict

Safe and very sorry

3.1
Format
PC
Developer
Unknown
Publisher
The Adventure Company
Genre
Adventure, Puzzle

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