One turtle, one scorpion, six ways to die. You've agreed to take care of your girlfriend's pet turtle Romeo. The problem is that your prankster friend Luc put a scorpion in with Romeo, because who doesn't like venomous clawed little creatures of doom? The aptly named point-and-click game, The Scorpion Box, is thus about extricating your reptile friend from its current predicament, as well as finding as many alternative outcomes as possible.
You can only interact with objects with hover text, and if you do, you'll quickly find a motley assortment of items in your inventory. It might take a little guessing to figure out how to use them correctly, but ultimately the game does exhibit a fair bit of logic. There are four ways of saving the turtle and three ways of disposing of the scorpion, and six examples of you making a bad decision and getting yourself killed. Some of these are quite straightforward, and others trigger silly mini-games, but they are mostly short, sweet and funny. The Scorpion Box feels more like an entertaining experiment than a full-blown adventure, so it won't take up a lot of your time or try to be convoluted or difficult. Of course, it's almost impossible to leave it without discovering all the endings, but if you have to find out all the ways you can be killed by a dangerous animal, it's certainly best to do it in the safe environment of a cool point-and-click game.