Summary: Safecracker is a puzzle adventure game that requires you to use your wits, deductive reasoning, and puzzle solving skills to crack the master safe! Hired by the wealthy family of recently deceased billionaire, Duncan W. Adams, you must find the deed to his riches in one of 35 extraordinary safes.
Excerpt: I’ve played my fair share of role playing games, and enjoy most Japanese style RPGs that I’ve come across. When Atlus announced a planned localization of Baroque for the PS2 and Wii, I was pretty shocked, as I always felt that it was one of those games that would never end up on our shores. Not that Baroque has any qualities that would make it sell poorly over here, but the game is probably the most hardcore of games you can come across.
Conclusion: Tenchu Shadow Assassins is a great example of a good game series that has gone bad and it is difficult to bear witness to a cult classic franchise that has fallen so far from grace. Games on the Wii are notorious for their lacking quality and sloppy ports but Tenchu shouldn’t be one of them. If this is one of the games Nintendo fans trumps as a return of hardcore games to the Wii and is a sign of things to come then I have one piece of advice: get ready to sell you Wii.
A deep, dark RPG with technical and design issues.
Common Sense Media
4 February 2009
Summary: Parents need to know that the game contains some fantasy violence with blood shown. Players will use guns and swords to kill monsters, and when the monsters are dead, they can consume the monsters' bones and hearts to gain health and ability boosts. This game offers a full, deep story and that there's a fair amount of reading involved. YouTube generation kids may be too impatient to read through the story and deal with the manual.
Excerpt: Safecracker n'est pas à son premier coup d'essai puisqu'il est déjà sorti en 2006 sur PC. La Wii n'était pas encore sur le marché mais s'apprêtait à faire son entrée. Jowood aura donc préféré attendre deux ans pour adapter son jeu de réflexion pour la dernière de Nintendo, console qui a déjà fait ses preuves quant au confort apporté sur ce genre de titre.
Conclusion: Hardcore puzzle fans who also like to dig into adventure titles now and then will find Safecracker to be quite a refreshing and enjoyable challenge - one that can be gruelingly difficult at times. The variety found in most puzzles is enough to keep players from getting bored in that area, though folks used to more excitement and stimulation may find the game lacking. Players with only a passing interest in tough puzzles with a mild adventure flavor should steer clear.
Conclusion: I'm a sucker for a good puzzle, and this game offers up plenty of them, but once you figure them out, there's nothing left. Your average issue of offers up far more challenges for a fraction of the price, which makes this an easy recommendation as a rental, but a bit tougher as a purchase, even if the combo of the puzzles and family story are a fun mix. Your mileage will vary depending on how much you love doing battle with mind games.