"For anyone who just wants to play a game chock-full of fun and unusual puzzles while exploring a charming and nostalgia-inducing environment, A Short Tale provides plenty of entertainment for a few hours" -AdventureGamers
It’s been years since I lost Ben, so long yet it doesn’t seem long enough. I never thought I’d return here, to where everything started. Where everything ended.
Something’s calling me back to his room though; a presence I have not felt since…
Play as Jason as he explores his brother’s room from a new perspective. After wishing to be small again, to feel closer to his younger brother, Jason finds himself in a strange new world filled with larger than life furniture, troublesome obstacles, and less-than-helpful occupants.
• In game camera so you can take photos of all the clues you find. Less back tracking!
• Surprisingly large* world to explore, filled with puzzles to solve.
• Beautiful soundtrack perfectly suited to this bizarre world.
• Auto-save feature, never lose your progress again!
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Ratings and Reviews
Could be better
Most of the puzzles were quite decent, the camera feature is helpful (as in Forever Lost, a better title), and I wanted to like this one a bit better than I ended up doing.... but the super laggy navigation and laggy/clunky interactions are off-putting. This lagginess makes it harder to solve puzzles (eg if I navigated out of the conversation too early with the vacuum, it wouldn’t move like it was supposed to, which was annoying to figure out). It makes talking with the toys frustrating because I would click to go to the next bit of dialogue (I read very fast) and then it would accidentally skip stuff, or it would just plain take too long and make the interaction confusing (eg 8 ball). The laggy movement made me double or triple tap sometimes and it would jump me to an unexpected part of the room. For the price, the game length (short as advertised) plus laggy game play are unacceptable. (I’m running iPhone 6s+ and iOS 12.) Some of the puzzles were a bit fussy as well, although not quite so badly it was a deal breaker, but I wouldn’t have been as quick to consult a walkthrough if the navigation / interactions were smoother.
Devious, Delightful, and worth the patience needed!
I love Glitch Games, having played all the Forever Lost series. If you liked those, you'll love this one. It's a room escape game, but oh so devilishly devious and clever, with lots of puzzles, and lots of things to do and find. But it's also fun to spend so much time in such a bright, colorful room, with lovely relaxing music.
You must have patience, and you must THINK in order to solve this game! These are the kind of puzzles where you just can't figure something out, then the lightbulb goes on, and you slap your forehead, wondering how you could have missed such a simple solution! What a rush, when you finally figure something out.
I must say that this game is in my list of Top 5 adventure/escape games. And at such a reasonable price. Thank you, Glitch Games! More, please!!
Probably best to binge-play
My app-playing time usually comes in small patches - 5 minutes here, 10 minutes there, maybe a half hour before bed. This is not the game for that sort of game play- if it's been a couple of days, you forget subtle hints and cues that might guide you. In addition, these are some really sadistic puzzles. It's not "the poster says 'wear a hat to get the answer' so you have to find a hat and put it on"... It's more like "after solving two puzzles, you find a scrap of paper that says 'opin the door'. It's not a typo. You have to find a key for the cover over a sign pinned to the wall. Once you open the cover, the sign says "Jason is great". Remove the pin under the letter "O", and stick it in the door... To get a piece of another puzzle"
If chasing down that sort of maddening detail is your cuppa, then you'll love this game. It was a bit tedious for me.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.