The Butterfly Curse
29 January 2022
3.0 out of 5.0 stars
On a quiet Saturday evening, I sat down to play the Key Enigma game The Butterfly Curse. It’s advertised as a horror escape game, and it definitely goes deep into the horror genre. So if you’re not into horror at all, maybe sit this one out. It’s themed around a powerful demon that has put a curse on you, which you must try to break before he gets to you with murderous intent.
One thing to mention upfront is that it mostly relies on jump-scares, so if you do not enjoy those at all, maybe think twice about playing this game. I personally don’t like jump scares very much as I find them to be quite a cheap horror effect, and parts of the game reminded me of the late 90s and early 00s craze of those creepy-face jump scare videos/gifs.
The game is also accompanied by a very creepy soundtrack that is extremely well done and very unsettling, putting the player on edge for the entire game. As far as the puzzles go, there’s a good variety, but most of them are played online with just a few props being used. The props that are included are very high quality though and work really well. The website that is used to play the game is also very well done and I didn’t run into any issues like I did with Hack Forward, so that’s definitely an improvement. Though I do think some of the puzzles could be made a little more difficult with small adjustments.
Still, I really enjoyed this horror game that took me just over 2 hours to complete on my own. It’s probably more suited to teams of 2-4 players though, as there are a few scenarios involved that would definitely have been more fun in a group. The game isn’t suitable for the faint of heart, but will be great spine tingling fun for the horror fans among us.