Puzzle House: Mystery Rising sets the bar at a whole new level with an extremely well made and thought out puzzle adventure that you won’t just be able to breeze through. For the puzzle veteran and fan looking for their next challenge or the novice looking to level up this iOS and Android addition to the genre should not be taken lightly.
Available for only a few dollars on the respective App Stores Puzzle House: Mystery Rising starts out innocently enough with players sitting on their front porch before having a drone crash land right next to you on the table. This is just the start of the 3D mystery that awaits you with a story that slowly unravels one clue at a time to take you deep into the mountains as you tinker with alien technology, discover an eerie obelisk and uncover a secret that is being protected at all costs.
This drone also forms an integral part of some puzzles combining with a tablet which is an interesting mechanic used by Puzzle House: Mystery Rising. Giving the game a great unique feel to the whole adventure through this mechanic the drove is something that really sets it apart from similar games. The technology of the drone also gives the game a modern feel compared to puzzle games that usually utilise less technical puzzle solutions with levers or physical puzzles used instead.
The result is gameplay that feels like a mixture between Myst and The Room with everything focused around tinkering and experimenting to solve what are some truly perplexing puzzles. While the first few puzzles can be fairly forgiving such as your first task that won’t accept parts in the wrong order the difficultly is not shy in ramping up quickly to a point where it is often more productive to take a few minutes away from the game and refresh your brain cells and revisit the puzzle from a different angle. While there are extensive external walkthroughs to guide you through each of these challenges you’ll be missing that satisfying feeling of accomplishment which is multiplied in Puzzle House: Mystery Rising due to the difficulty level.
Puzzle variations that you’ll encounter include solving keypad codes, sliding objects, move dials and locating the right objects to place or insert to unlock the next puzzle with the basic inventory system that includes a journal to guide your progress.
Puzzle House: Mystery Rising is also a strong game on the graphics front with a large number of 3D environments that players can pan around for the full experience. With so many of these locations being outdoors combined with great attention to detail it really shows the labour of love that likely went into the games creation.
- A great collection of difficult puzzles to challenge even veterans.
- Experience an outdoor adventure with many environments as you approach the mountain and strange obelisk.
- A mysterious tale and family secret to uncover that has long been protected.
- Use your drone and tablet to tackle the unique puzzles on offer that lean towards utilising technology.
- Play on iOS and Android devices.
Review Platform: iOS