The Memory Stone
The Memory Stone
- Played March 2021
- 1-6 players
- Subscriptions range from $15-$20/month
- Good for families
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Our team recently had the pleasure of playing the newest game in The Society of Curiosities line up, “The Memory Stone.” How did our team find it? Read on to find out!
Let’s start off with the game components! The content found within this particular game was a great blend of physical components and online resources. In fact, our team agreed that you would be hard pressed to find an at-home game with a combination that works better cohesively than the Society of Curiosity series. There are a ton of items that fit into that tiny box and we found ourselves consistently excited to unearth… I mean… open up whatever came next. The physical components themselves were all “real” items of great quality and boasted beautiful artwork and intriguing textures. While the balance of physical and online components was great, the physical items tended to be heavy on the paper side. Normally the benefit of these causes quite the divide in our team as lots of paper generally equates to lots of reading. That being said, we all agreed that this was not the case with The Memory Stone as on the paper was mostly artwork.
In terms of immersion, The Memory Stone was a bit of a mixed bag for us. First off, you do not need to play any of the previous Society of Curiosities games to understand what is going on. This story, while a continuation of the series, can be played as a standalone game though the characters might not be familiar to you. The story, while great, became hard to follow at times as the transitions were a bit choppy. If we were stuck at any point in the game, we often forgot where we were or what we were doing. Those points aside, the game has a great soundtrack to accompany you on your journey and as we said, the realistic items and components found within the game only add to the immersion. Lastly, if you have played any other game in the series, you will know how incredibly fun it is to interact with the sort of “non-playable characters” in the story. Essentially, you interact via email/text and it is so realistic, we consistently were left wondering whether we were interacting with a real person or not.
In short, the puzzles found in The Memory Stone were exactly what we have come to know and love from the Society of Curiosities team. There is a great variety of puzzles both physically and electronically and you utilize almost everything in the box. Every puzzle was thematically appropriate and leant to the progression of the story quite well. The only area which we felt could use some tidying up is the hint system. When called upon, you are presented with many – and I emphasize MANY – hints to look through in order to help you solve the puzzle. While we appreciate what the developers are trying to do, which is give you as much possible information as they can before telling you the answer in hopes that you can solve it yourself, we felt it could be minimized and get to the point more quickly.
Lastly, was The Society of Curiosities: The Memory Stone fun? Absolutely! The game is a great experience for a small group of players. Although three of us played it virtually (with two copies), we would recommend playing it in person with 2-3 players if you have the chance to do so! The game is a great addition to the already stellar Society of Curiosities lineup. In fact, it might very well be their best game yet!