iPhone App Video Review: 1112 Episode 3

by Andrew Koziara

1112 Episode 3 is the third installment of an ongoing adventure series by Agharta Studio. It's a great adventure game with a fascinating mystery, great atmosphere, art, and music, and innovative gameplay for its genre. This is a very niche kind of game, but if you are even remotely interested in the adventure genre, you should check it out.

You play as a man named Louis as wild and crazy things just follow him everywhere he goes. If you haven't played the first two episodes, they are summarized for you, but I still have no idea what's going on, and I'm not sure that I'm supposed to. You wake up in your friends bathroom having misplaced the last six months of your life. Your house has been broken in to and your wife is missing. Fun times ahead for our hero.

The gameplay basically consists of you role playing as a Sherlock Homes parody, as you scan literally every single surface in the game with your magnifying glass. When held over an interactive object, you'll see its name. Let go, and you can choose to investigate it, speak with it, or whatever. You have an inventory of items to collect and to use with people and objects in the environment to solve puzzles. You make your way around the town, scanning everything and talking to everyone to further the story and unlock the mystery. You even have the ability to type in custom words during conversations, though I haven't found any that have yielded results yet.

The game is pretty challenging, and doesn't give you much direction. I've already gotten stuck a couple times, and the only way I got out was by trying every possible combination of items and interactions. You also really need to be in the right mood to play this game, which made it that much harder. This game is not for impatient people. It's a story and character driven mystery that is very slow paced and requires your full attention. The art is really well done, and the atmosphere is fantastic. Honestly, some rooms are just so creepy that the moment you step inside, you want to do nothing except leave. I'm looking at you phantom alarm clock room. There are Game Center achievements to go for and several extras. It's a bit pricey at five dollars, but it's really well made, and if you're into this kind of game, you should check it out.

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