While the title is a mouthful, Simon Graham and the Extraordinary Timepiece, Book I proves to be anything but ordinary. An intriguing story about 10 year-old Simon Graham and his grandmother’s mysterious past coupled with riddles and puzzles that tie the story line together keep players entertained for a couple of hours. Similar to Nintendo’s Professor Layton series, The App House’s Simon Graham features 30 logic puzzles and riddles in between progressive cut scenes that tell the story of Simon.
The puzzles and riddles combine a bit of math, anagram solving, and pure puzzle logic suitable for most school aged children and adults, which makes Simon Graham a most enjoyable family game. Sort out picture puzzles, find hidden objects, and solve word puzzles designed to make you think, as you unravel the story of Simon Graham and the Extraordinary Timepiece.
As the name suggests, this is Book number one. It is unclear whether there will be a Book II and whether it will be available as a separate app for purchase or simply an update to the existing app, but since the story is incomplete at the end, one can only hope the intention is to provide a sequel. As mentioned, fans of Professor Layton will find similar entertainment with Simon Graham and the Extraordinary Timepiece, Book I, though the latter is not near as extensive as Layton.
Simon Graham and the Extraordinary Timepiece is artfully done, rendering graphics that complement the time period of the story setting and the puzzles are varied enough to appeal to nearly all logic puzzle enthusiasts. The puzzles prove less challenging to adults, than kids, but will make everyone think – if only for a moment or two. A hint is provided if players don’t prevail the first time, but you must solve each puzzle to continue the game. In the end, players will be left with a sense of accomplishment and wondering when and where is Book II.