[Beyond PlayStation] The House of da Vinci Review
In point and click adventure The House of da Vinci you’ll experience the wonders of the great inventor and artist. Check our The House of Da Vinci review!
In The House of da Vinci, you will get to take on a 3D point and click puzzle adventure in which there’s always going to be an item to twist or pull to reveal a secret compartment or an extra puzzle to solve. You’ll be taken into a 3D representation of the Renaissance era buildings and locations, as you try to help your mentor – and friend – the great Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, who you know better as Leonardo da Vinci. It seems that Leonardo da Vinci has run into some trouble of sorts, and it’s up to you to find a way to help him.
The story set up for The House of da Vinci has Leonardo himself inviting you to visit so that you can see his latest invention, a device that could end up changing the world. Because of this, he has hidden it so that it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands, and it is because of this that he is now in trouble. The good news is that you’re a very smart individual – since da Vinci himself says so -, and you have what it takes to solve the different puzzles that will lead you towards this new device.
The game will first give you a short tutorial section to play so that you can get the hang of things. You can play the game either with the Joy-Con or by using the Nintendo Switch touchscreen. You can move the on-screen cursor with the left analog stick, moving the camera around with the right analog stick so that you can review each of the 3D areas you will visit. When you find something you can interact with, you can do so with the A button. This will usually focus the camera’s attention towards said object so that you can take a closer look.
You will then need to twist, turn, push, and pull a series of mechanisms as you try to find the solution to each puzzle you find. The starting section will present to you the perfect opportunity to interact with a nearby guard who will hand you a scroll that you’ll need to unroll – either by pressing the A button and pressing the up direction on the left analog stick or by touching it on the screen and sliding your finger up. There will also be a peculiar bell that will offer its own twists and turns.
You will be aided on this adventure by the Oculi Infinitum, a device you can activate with the L button to be able to see inside of things – an X-Ray machine of sorts. But you will not only be able to see inside of other things since you will also be able to interact with whatever is inside. Say you activate the Oculi Infinitum and see a pair of gears inside. You’ll be able to lower them and then have them spin so that you can open a pair of small doors that are hiding an item that you will need for solving a puzzle.
And then, there’s the Oculi Tempus. While the Oculi Infinitum allows you to see inside of things, the Oculi Tempus allows you to see glimpses of the past. By making good use of both devices, you’ll be able to solve the many puzzles The House of da Vinci throws at you. And if you ever find yourself stuck in a puzzle or two, the game will allow you to use a hint system that will make a question mark show up in the upper part of the screen. Tap it, and it will point you in the right direction.
The House of da Vinci is a fun 3D point and click puzzle adventure with plenty of puzzles to solve, which will reward you with an interesting look at the genius artist and inventor. It’s out on Nintendo Switch for a budget $9.99, offering around 5-6 hours or so worth of content depending on your experience with the point and click genre. Are you up for the challenge?
This House of Da Vinci review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Blue Brain Games.