EDIT: I FINALLY finished this game through to the end! I had to rely heavily on the walkthrough in order to finish it, especially during the (Spoiler - click to show) monkey maze , (Spoiler - click to show) plant maze , and the (Spoiler - click to show) train game. What's most challenging about this game is how unbelievably easy it is to get stuck and often, I wasn't sure what my next step in finishing the game was until I consulted the walk-through. What made me go back to this game is the setting. I love the idea of roaming around a mall after-hours, especially since a lot of malls in general are closed. It had a creepy vibe to it too without being scary. I'd love to think one day I won't need the walk-through as much, but I used that and the hint system a great deal.
My previous review of 2016:
So this is a game where I easily got involved in this for hours at a time exploring the mall, interacting with the scenery, getting stuck, trying to find out if I can get unstuck. For the second time last night, in about two weeks of attempting to solve this, I had to restart the game. So I'm taking a break now. But in general, a few pieces of advice for those of you playing the first time (Spoiler - click to show)if you walk into a room and you realize you've broken a crystal ball, click undo. AND (Spoiler - click to show) don't use up your matches all at once, you will need them later . AND (Spoiler - click to show) make sure you find a way to stop the guard from seeing your activity on the security screens AND (Spoiler - click to show) don't shred the book in the book printing machine . I can promise you that you will need hints and at one point, I caved and peeked at the walk through. I did get stuck and realized that I had to go back to the VERY start of the game, despite my numerous attempts at saving thanks to (Spoiler - click to show) the fact that I used up all my matches and didn't realize I need them for a specific room .
Fun game, and VERY addictive. But almost too difficult for me, to the point where it wasn't very fun, because I kept needing hints to get through different tasks. But if you are up for a challenge, I'd say take this one on. Good atmospheric game though, and I loved the idea of being ina mall after hours.