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The Sexy Brutale (2017) is a time-loop adventure puzzle where you play an elderly priest who wakes up in a mansion on the day of a masquerade party. As you explore you realise its inhabitants are being killed off one by one. It stands out for the murder mystery puzzle and your ability to play the same day over and over, to slowly learn about the mansion and the movements of each character.

You wake up during a party to discover that the other guests are stuck in a 12-hour period, reliving their deaths over and over again. Your task is to figure out how to change time and save the partygoers. You hunt down clues, recipes, and items to prevent deaths. Each time you save someone they give you their mask that grants special powers and a new way to intervene in other deaths.

Play involves running around the mansion, interacting with items, hiding in furniture and listening in on conversations. Each murder is in its own location that comes with a series of pithy clues to unravel. You need to work out how to use the environment to stop deaths. Perhaps you'll put blank bullets in a gun, pick a lock, hide a lighter, switch items or call on characters to change their location.

The result is a snarky, tongue-in-cheek, murder mystery game. It's an Agatha Christie novel combined with an intricate clockwork vignette.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked The Sexy Brutale 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 16 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Brain Game game with Communication, Narrative, Puzzle, Sequencing and Simulation elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 6 hours and 8 hours to complete. If you want the secret ending you must find all 52 playing cards which can take considerably longer.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for frequent scenes of mild violence, infrequent use of mildly offensive language and scenes that younger players may find disturbing. Violence consists of players reliving murder scenes over and over, trying to change their outcome. Murders are committed in a variety of ways but are non-realistic or minor in nature with exaggerated blood effects. No injuries or gruesome details are depicted but younger audiences may find the scenes disturbing. Mild language is often heard and includes such words as ‘*!@?*’ or ‘bloody’.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Younger players need patience and attention to detail to slowly piece together what's happening from repeatedly playing the same day of the game. Making notes can help, but comprehension and observations skills are also important.

CostsCosts

The Sexy Brutale usually costs £14.99.
 

The Sexy Brutale

Steam Store PC £14.99
XBox Store Xbox One -
Switch Store Switch -
PlayStation Store PS4 -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 11/04/2017

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Brain Game (Communication, Narrative, Puzzle, Sequencing and Simulation)

Accessibility: 33 features

Components: 2D Overhead

Developer: Cavalier GS (@Cavalier_GS)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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