Look, I'm no expert, but... maybe the next time you find an ancient mysterious book that tells you not to open it and demands a magical thumbprint before you can do so... don't? In The Curse, Mojo Bones and Toy Studios' puzzle game for iOS (Android, NOOK, and Kindle to follow!), you fail to heed the warnings and wind up unleashing the supremely sly and smug being known as The Mannequin. You can't have malicious, creepy entities running around willy-nilly, but the only way to defeat this one is to solve the puzzles contained on each page of the very book that imprisoned him... which is harder than it sounds.
There are a whopping 100 puzzles contained in Mannequin's book, ranging from simple block-sliding puzzles, to riddles, to circuitry, and more. You can play them in whatever order you please, flipping through the pages in the book to get right to the hard stuff, or starting things off nice and gentle with a little memory game if you so choose. If you fail, you just have to try again, but succeed and you'll be granted one of the cogs you need to put Mannequin back where he belongs. Not that he's worried. Mannequin has a rather low opinion of you, but you know what? At least I have arms, buddy!
With its stellar presentation and sense of style, The Curse is absolutely perfect for casual puzzle fans who want a large variety of challenging levels on hand whenever they have a moment. It's silly, snarky, and possessed of a sleek, gorgeous design you don't often get to encounter. The puzzles are hard, too, so you'll be glad there's so many of them you can flip back and forth through in the order you like. Unfortunately, while tricky, none of these are what you'd call particularly unique, and if you play a lot of, oh, say, hidden-object adventures you've probably been exposed to most of these varieties more than once. It's a little disappointing, since the game is otherwise so extremely well put together that you just kind of expect more creativity out of it. The Curse is, however, a supremely stylish little game pure puzzle fans will love, and it heaps on the charm to boot. You don't have to break the mold to be a success, and Mannequin's challenge is a fantastic example of how to provide all the brain-teasing power of a whole library of puzzle books in one beautiful package.
NOTE: This game was played and reviewed on an iPad (1st gen). Game was available in the North American market at the time of publication, but may not be available in other territories. Please see individual app market pages for purchasing info.