The Vanishing Act
A 90 minute adventure delving into the magical world of Noximillian the magician who has a habit of ‘losing’ his assistant after their 13th show… and your friend Casey is about to go onto stage for her 13th show…. We need to find out whats happening before she disappears too.
The game begins with an excellent intro which was filmed in a local theatre, and takes you to the door of Nox’s dressing room. You then enter a wonderfully themed dressing room with a variety of props and puzzles to discover and work through. Our avatar/host kept in character throughout and was excellent at the camera work, keeping everything in shot and very subtly hinting/clueing through camera angles and comments.
But what makes this a stand out game are the inventive puzzles which require team participation and collaboration, which is made possible through the inventory system. Each player receives some unique information which must be shared and worked on as a team. Although this sounds counter intuitive as it takes players away from the livestream of the room it does not detract from the game as the focus is on one puzzle.
The narrative works very well online, as each completed puzzle adds ‘meat to the story bone’, and the threads come together nicely at the end to give a most satisfying conclusion to the adventure. The inventory is vital for the teamwork puzzles, but can be used as a just a reference source for much of the game.
The Vanishing Act is a must play room with lovely theatrical moments, inventive puzzles and great team play all contained within well designed and built rooms.