Vera Blanc is a mystery / detective game. Take on the role of Vera Blanc, a young and beautiful woman with an extraordinary power: the ability to read other people's minds! Daughter of Emmanuel Blanc, one of the richest people on Earth, she left her life of luxury to use her powers to work alongside paranormal detective Brandon Mackey. In this first episode, our heroine travels to a mysterious town in Germany deep in the Black Forest. A serial killer is on the loose, and all leads point to a werewolf as the culprit! The game plays like a visual novel / adventure game with several different paths to solve the mystery, and a collection of challenging minigames. Featuring innovative comic-style art, with over 200 unique panels, Vera Blanc immerses you in a the world of the supernatural as you play the detective! Will you be able to solve the mystery?
Really enjoyed the writing. Some of the puzzles were a bit easy but I really like the time pressure challenges. The matching cards element felt fresh in the context. nice use of puzzles overall to add variety to the gameplay. Recommend saving the game when requested to do so! All in all- a really enjoyable mystery I enjoyed solving. MORE PLEASE!!! lol!
Minimal graphics, minimal audio, minimal gameplay, but fantastic atmosphere and story. Its like a comic with opportunitys to bring the story more in one or another direction. Its clearly more an interactive movie or a visual novel, than a classic adventure.
And with so many different endings and scenarios, this is a story you can enjoy more than once.
8,5 out of 10
Its good for that what it wants to be, I liked it a lot. But its just simplistic, but that was what I expected.
-Sound, music and graphics:
The graphics and sounds in the game are quite good.
There isn't much music, except in the menu/map screens and on some endings. But the available music is pretty good.
Well, it plays like a renpy game. But apart from the standard visual novel gameplay, there are also a few minigames, four of them to be exact:
1) Vera Blanc, the protagonist, has the ability to read minds. But to use this ability, you have to play a hangman-style game, which is quite fun.
2) At some locations you have to hunt for clues. This is done by playing a find the differences game.
3) For situations in the game where you are under time pressure, you have to play a time-limited memory game consisting in uncovering pairs of the same number.
4) When you are running away from enemies, there is another memory game consisting in remembering a sequence of numbers.
None of all those minigames are especially difficult. The hardest one for me, was definitely the number sequence one, although it's also not that hard. While the minigames didn't bother me the first time I played through the game, and I even found them relatively appropriate, they were really annoying when replaying through the game to find all the various endings! It would have been nice to have an option to disable them in the menu.
Story: The story was quite good and engaging. However, there are quite a few errors in the text (mostly missing, duplicate or misplaced words, not many spelling errors). Another problem is inconsistencies in the story depending on actions taken. Ex: After defusing the bomb, the local news still tell me the train exploded.
The game offers at least 3 different good endings, a lot of bad endings (with one interesting one) and quite a few variations along the path, making it replayable. But despite that, it is still quite linear overall, and short.
Improvement suggestions: An overview of all achieved endings and remaining endings/things to discover would have been really nice.
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