The Secrets of Da Vinci: The Forbidden Manuscript
Oh, We See what they did here. You can't say you didn't consider doing something similar yourself. When you spot no less than a billion people reading Dan Brown on the Tube every morning, the idea of setting up a Da Vinci-themed ice cream shop or a Mona Lisa-themed blimp rental service must have shot through your mind briefly. It's a copyright-free cash cow waiting to be milked. So from this bizarre menagerie of unknown developers and an obscure publisher comes The Secret Of Da Vinci, a tedious Myst clone with very little in common with the vastly popular book, the pile-of-arse movie adaptation and the official game (turn your head ever so slightly to the left to see that one).
Clearly an attempt to cash in on the renaissance inventor's newfound celebrity status, The Secret Of Da Vinci boasts a horribly uninteresting storyline, mundane point-and-click tasks and blindingly dire voiceacting. Honestly, the voice-acting will blind you. The whole thing is badly written too, and wandering about the manor and its grounds is confusing, infuriating, and possibly terminal illnessinducing. The logic puzzles are sound enough, but when viewed through this haze of intrinsically boring gameplay their appeal is lost entirely.
If the static-screen navigating gameplay of this sort of point-and-click genre appeals to you, The Secret Of Da Vinci might just give you some topical sustenance. Otherwise, if pointing-and-clicking is not your preferred method of translocation, this might just destroy your love of all things Leonardo.
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