The Secret Monster Society - Chapter 2: Time, Dreams and Underwater Travel (PC) Review

By Adam Riley 09.03.2017

Review for The Secret Monster Society - Chapter 2: Time, Dreams and Underwater Travel on PC

The point and click adventure genre is bustling nowadays, and the team at Cubed3 has been privileged to try out some great new releases (Bear With Me: Episode 2) and even some classics (The Inner World). Deceptive Games' The Secret Monster Society - Chapter 1: Monsters, Fires and Forbidden Forests was a surprisingly quaint little romp that left gamers eager for more. Now the second chapter, Time, Dreams and Underwater Travel, is here, was the wait worth it?

Blithe Dalrich is back, complete with his best friend, Aphonic, this time getting the chance to use the key item found in the previous episode, a contraption bestowing him with the power to travel back and forth in time. They are dream monsters in the 'underworld' and have the overarching mission of preventing an evil villain from destroying human dreams. In Chapter 2: Time, Dreams, and Underwater Travel, though, it is more about finding Blithe's father, collecting various objects to craft an underwater breathing device, and then figuring out how to get a special ticket to make use of said user-fashioned scuba gear during a deep-sea tour, at which point the credits roll, leaving players once more on edge, eagerly anticipating the next chunk of this highly amusing adventure. How is that for a summary? There is more to it than that, but basically the big evil does not make an appearance yet.

Chapter 1 of The Secret Monster Society was an introductory sequence to familiarise players with Blithe's various cohorts, and the bright, colourful and well-voiced romp was, whilst enjoyable, pretty much all over within 45 minutes to an hour, maximum. Chapter 2 is not quite as short, pushing to perhaps the two-hour mark because of some much trickier puzzles being implemented, and certain ones that will indeed make you extremely frustrated at first, but amazingly overjoyed once finally getting to the bottom of the conundrums. In fact, there was one particular moment of screaming at the game because it was so crafty, and when eventually cracking things, there was a massive sigh of relief, a fist pump, and that feeling of "Wow, you little…" except in a good way that only the smartest of puzzles can inspire.

Screenshot for The Secret Monster Society - Chapter 2: Time, Dreams and Underwater Travel on PC

The script this time round seems even funnier than before, with highly comical quips, and some well placed references, including one pointing directly at a certain protagonist from a popular point-and-click series who can store pretty much anything, no matter the size, in his deeper than deep pockets! As before, this is absolutely gorgeous, taking on the classic cartoon approach, with wonderfully rendered HD characters that are full of life, complemented perfectly by a superb selection of voice actors, and a brilliant soundtrack that gives off a definite Banjo-Kazooie feel.

Time, Dreams and Underwater Travel is the second of this four-chapter adventure, and given how apparently it is meant to be around eight-hours long in total, and the first two chunks weigh in at about three-hours overall, hopes are high for the next two parts to not only carry on the improvements in puzzle style and increased humour, but to also take longer to finish off so there is not that sense of disappointment after just getting into the journey and having it wrapped up soon after.

Issues remaining from the first chapter include Blithe's painfully slow walking pace, the lack of being able to double-click on exits to 'warp' through, and the skip text function being just as temperamental as it was before, sometimes working, sometimes not, meaning that accidentally repeated conversations and deaths must be endured in full.

Screenshot for The Secret Monster Society - Chapter 2: Time, Dreams and Underwater Travel on PC

Cubed3 Rating

7/10
Rated 7 out of 10

Very Good - Bronze Award

Rated 7 out of 10

The Secret Monster Society - Chapter 2: Time, Dreams and Underwater Travel picks up where the first chapter left off, improving in almost every way, including funnier quips, smarter (and tougher) puzzles, along with the same gorgeous visual style, superb voice acting, and amazing Banjo-Kazooie-esque soundtrack. It cuts off a bit quicker than expected, but for its low price there is definitely a fantastic ride here to get you through until Chapter 3 rolls around. There are still some quirks that linger from the first chapter, but hopefully they will be fixed ahead of the release next part.

Developer

Deceptive Games

Publisher

Deceptive Games

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  7/10

Reader Score

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