Game: Willy Morgan and the Curse of Bone Town
Genre: Adventure, Indie, Point & Click, Singleplayer
System:PC (Steam, GOG, Itch, Utomik)
Developer|Publisher: Imaginarylab| VLG Publishing
Release Date: August 2020
Review code courtesy of HomeRun PR
The Curse of Bone Town
Willy Morgan’s archaeologist father, Henry, has been missing for 10 years. On the anniversary of his disappearance, Willy receives a mysterious letter in the mail…from his father! It was written on the day he went missing and suggests that the answers to his disappearance may lie in Bone Town. Its time to gather clues and figure out, once and for all, what happened to Willy’s dad.
Let the Mystery Solving Begin!
The game begins with a beautifully animated cutscene, guiding the player through the city to Willy’s family home. Willy is a quirky college student with an aptitude for DIY gadgetry. He needs to get to Bone Town, but to do so, we’ll have to build a bike for him with parts laying around the house. Here is where we can run through a short tutorial or skip ahead and get right into the adventure.
I chose to run through the tutorial, which was quick and straightforward. From there, I began clicking on every object I could find, looking for helpful objects to add to my inventory and clues as to what to do next. Don’t worry, there is a toggle that will show you which objects are clickable if want to save yourself some time or you’re having trouble progressing.
The initial task of building Willy’s bike was the perfect introduction to the kind of puzzle solving skills I’ll need to move forward. I immediately realized that solving the mystery will take some out-of-the-box thinking. We’re taking the toilet plunger? If you say so, Willy!
As I wandered through the house, I was delightfully surprised by all of Willy’s quips and commentary on the objects I came across. I noticed that I’d get a little more detail about each object by right-clicking on it first. I was immediately immersed in the story and couldn’t wait to move on to Bone Town to solve the mystery!
To Bone Town
Once I gathered all the required parts to assemble Willy’s bike, it was off to Bone Town. The cursed Bone Town is about how it sounds, dilapidated, scarcely populated, and nearing financing ruin. Most of the residents are a little..off, each one a direct descendant of a pirate. I had a blast exploring the town, meeting each character, and solving their individual story-line puzzles. The only disappointment I had was when I discovered, upon reaching Bone Town, that Willy (or any other characters, for that matter), no longer speaks aloud. Every object clue must be read from that point onward. Not a big deal, but the voice acting was great and rather helpful, so I was sad to see it go.
After solving each resident’s puzzle, I was able to put all of the pieces together to solve the bigger mystery of Henry’s disappearance. It was a lot of fun coming up with my own deductions along the way, just to have my theories blown away at the end.
Willy Morgan and the Curse of Bone Town is a fantastic game. The story was engaging and made me want to keep going to see where it would take me next. I also really enjoyed the out-of-the-box thinking involved in solving the puzzles. If you are a fan of the classic Monkey Island game and love a good mystery, I think you’ll love Willy Morgan as well!
Final Verdict: I like it a lot!