Fast Familiar: The Curse of the Burial Dagger

By | November 4, 2021

by Fast Familiar (website)

Up to 6 players


Languages: EN


When everyone is a suspect, and a killer is on the loose, is anybody safe?

A mansion near Dundee, 1923. Susie Sato finds herself investigating a murder when her great-uncle and host Lord Hamilton is found dead in his private museum, an ancient Egyptian burial dagger protruding from his back. Could it be the curse of the dagger, an object Lord Hamilton was warned not to remove from the tomb? Or could something else have caused his death?

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Rated between 30 and 45 out of 5

based on ratings from 2 users
combined with 2 pro reviews

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Kelley Wolatz rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 1 Jan 2022 Team size: 1 Time taken: 70 Outcome: Successful escape!

Fun way to spend an hour. Interesting.

EireBanshee expert rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Played: 27 Nov 2021 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
story-drivenfamily friendly

Whether or not you enjoy this game will very much depend on what you are looking for.  Unfortunately, this game was not a match for us, although I cannot criticize it.  It is an impressive production for what it is.  

So, what is it?  It's mainly watching a narrative with graphic art images.  The characters tell you the story, while you watch.   Every now and then you are asked to have a quick little interaction with the game, but for the most part you are a spectator.  For us, this wasn't enjoyable.  When we play we want to solve puzzles and to interact with each other, so we found the long narrations tedious and we just wanted to get involved.

It is visually very pretty, and I think it it would be an interesting game for older kids/early teens.  Although it wasn't what we were looking for in a game, it's still very interesting and unique - and well made.

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As with other games from Fast Familiar such as Bad Altitude and National Elf Service, this game was another engaging and pleasant experience. The graphics were top notch, the narration was immersive (which truly makes it seem like you are watching a murder mystery movie rather than playing a digital game) and as always, there were humour added to the dialogues which is always a signature with this creator.

If you are a puzzle enthusiast and are just in it for the puzzles, you might feel like the puzzles might be too easy or there aren't too many in the game. However, a murder mystery is more focused on the storytelling and plot so if you are a fan of production and immersion, you should definitely give this game a try. The twist and turns will definitely give the murder mystery fans the satisfaction when they finally catch this culprit!

Our main character, the lovable Suzie Sato (who I may have a slight crush on) is a forensic science student. In this adventure, she’s walked right into a murder scene – the perfect opportunity to put her skills to the test! This is where you, the players come in. Suzie talks directly to the camera in a series of graphic novel style panels and its up to you, the players, to draw conclusions from the evidence presented and the interviews she conducts.
With its fun art style, great voice acting and basis in forensic science, Curse of the Burial Dagger is a fun and educational play at home puzzle game that’s well suited to families and those looking to learn a little about forensics in a fun way. Grizzled puzzle lovers only in it for the solving might find this game a little light for their tastes, though.

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