The Wand Review

Spoiler-y

This is a Spoiler-y continuation of the review for The Wand. If you have not read the Spoiler Free review yet, you can find it here.

The following may contain detailed information about the plot and puzzles of The Wand. Read at your own risk.

You can set three rings to one of 10 different colors to make the wand do different things, like levitate rocks or open up doors, that is the little bit more from the spoiler free section.

My only real complaint with The Wand is objects are hidden in plain sight. Too often it felt like the look command wouldn’t mention all the things in a room and I had to re-examine things to find what I was looking for.

My absolute favorite puzzle of The Wand is the talking portrait puzzle. With the correct setting, the wand will cause representations of humans to animate. In the gallery there are three portraits; a boy, a lady, and a matron. The lady, when activated, speaks in an unknown language. The boy and the matron, on the other hand, are speaking in fragments. You have to get them speaking at the same time. Together, once their speech is in sync. they give you another setting for the wand. Not a terribly difficult challenge, and it is a well signposted puzzle, but the solve was such a joy.

I also really enjoyed the scale puzzle. Normally I get very frustrated with figure-out-the-mechanism style of puzzles but this one was straight forward and intuitive. (Maybe some of you might just call it easy and that I like easy puzzle and maybe you’re right.)

Double extra spoil-y bit: The Wand has a second game hidden in the first game. I did not discover this for myself, it is alluded to in other reviews. I have also not played it. My guess is I will run into a situation in the future where I will not be able to play a game from The List! for some reason or another and at that point I will substitute with the deeper levels of The Wand.

I was not going to find the second layer of The Wand on my own. To find it you need to either remember something from the very beginning of the game, which for me is not going to happen, or restart the game because you wanted to give it another go, and I was not going to do that either.

Hints

I did need one hint. In the pantry when you open the cupboard door a lattice door blocks your back to the kitchen. There is a note on the outside of the lattice. You have to warp yourself back to the reception room and go back to the kitchen to read the note with the lattice door closed.

The hint was finding the note. This goes back my big complaint of items being hidden in plain sight.

Final Rating

5 chain links out of 10

Maps

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