When Ana receives an unexpected gift from her missing father, she is catapulted headlong into a mystery that will take her on a journey through time. At last she must decide if a perfectly predictable world is a curse on humanity or a triumph for mankind.
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Release Date: Apr 28, 2015

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Imagine getting a glimpse into the secret clockwork of the universe. Imagine a machine that can crack the code of destiny and give you the power to tinker with fate. Imagine discovering that for generations your family has concealed this power from the outside world.

Ana Eberling may only be a teenager, but she is about to confront the biggest questions of life as she tries to solve the mystery of her father Max Eberling, a rogue scientist who vanished when she was just a little girl.

Perils of Man is the result of a collaboration between ex-LucasArts’ Bill Tiller and Gene Mocsy and Swiss developing studio IF Games to reboot the beloved classic graphic adventure game with striking 3D animations, challenging puzzles and a moving story that will leave you pondering its profound implications

  • Timewalk Through the Past:
    A key element of gameplay is a mysterious chronicle of history’s disasters and catastrophes. Unlocking its secrets will let players “timewalk” to real- world events from the gilded age of scientific invention.
  • Alter Destiny By Preventing Disaster:
    Command the fates of thousands by mastering a hidden technology that gives the player the ability to foresee risk. Experience a special gameplay mechanic that reveals a hidden matrix of cause and effect.
  • A Century-Old Mystery Solved:
    Discover a dark history of secrets, controversy, rivalry, and tragedy behind a façade of ingenious scientific invention and celebrated family fortune.
  • 24 Spectacular Environments:
    A haunting adventure set in a unique and evocative graphic style. Explore the past and solve your way to the future in a game that will have you wondering if being the master of your fate is everything it’s cracked up to be.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows XP Service Pack 3
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo 2GHz or equivalent
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DX9 (shader model 2.0) capabilities
    • Sound Card: Direct X 9.0c sound device
    • Additional Notes: Not Recommended for Intel integrated graphics
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6+
    • Processor: 2.3 Ghz Intel
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DX9 (shader model 2.0) capabilities
    • Additional Notes: Not recommended for Intel integrated graphics or Mac Minis or early-generation MacBook
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30 of 40 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 28, 2015
The Perils of Man is a fantastic point and click.

The art style, animation, music, and voice acting are all fantastic. Helping set atmosphere and help guide you.
Ana, the main character certainly does a lot of talking. Although it adds to the experience as you know what's going through her mind while she narrates the story.

The puzzles aren't too difficult so far, but as someone that's never been very good at puzzle games they can take me longer to figure out than someone more proficient. Even so I've really been enjoying the game, and it's story so far, which is a rare thing when it comes to point and clicks for me.

I'd easily recommend it to veteran point and click fans, and people that simply want to play a really good mystery.

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24 of 30 people (80%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 8, 2015
Perils of Man is a sweet, short little point-and-click adventure suited best for beginners of the genre.

Graphics 7 of 10
I liked the comic style 3D environment of the game, very detailed settings .Although no way high-end graphics .Still very adequate for a point-and-click game.

Gameplay 7 of 10
You play Ana Eberling a curious teenage girl trying to uncover the family secret and maybe find out what happened to her father. Classic point-and-click game, combine object A with object b and use it with C..very simple stuff nothing really mindboggling. Took me around 4.75 hours to finish.

Sound 6.5 of 10
The voice acting was fitting with British accent and all, although the girls voice was a little high pitched. The sound of the environment was good ,e.g. sizzling fire. Solid work.

Final verdict
Overall I'd recommend this game for all players who are just starting out in the genre. The story is good, the puzzles are never too hard to come by. Never frustrating.

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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2015
The Point and Click adventure game Perils of Man (or The Perils of Man, if they make up their minds), by IF games, takes you on a journey through time. You play as Ana: after getting a present from her missing father, she wants to learn more about the gift, about him and try to find where he is now.

The game in itself is nice and short, controlled mainly by the mouse, though you can use your keyboard to call up the inventory, which was handy. The graphics might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I rather liked them – they have a bit of a cartoony look to them, and also reminded me a little of Coraline for some reason (however, Perils of Man has nothing to do with it). The 3D renditions of them move nicely, though I did miss the ability to run on double click, and in a couple sections they did bug out and ‘slid’ rather than walk. But I’ll go more on that later. The music was a delight to listen to, although I do wish it would have stopped when the game wasn’t in focus or was minimized. The sound effects and voices were really, really nicely done, making the game quite charming.

The dialogs and just the overall feeling of it all was reminiscent of the adventure games of old, just in a slighter… easier way. The puzzles weren’t as challenging, but they were pleasant to play through all the same. There was no oblique thought going into it about forming strange things to use as other things, all item mixing was logical and/or explained somewhere if it didn’t seem overly logical.

I do have to say my computer, as it’s not extremely powerful, tends to lag a bit on videos, and unfortunately lagged on Peril’s videos as well. Normally I try to skip them (which you can do here) and watch them later (after I’m done with the game) on youtube, or make a second play-through if the game wasn’t too long to see it with all the laggy cutscenes, but I found it hard to do with Perils, for the cutscenes contained only not parts of the story, but entire clues on what you had to do next. This was quite troublesome to me. As much as I love to watch carefully crafted cutscenes, what I like more about games is often to play them, after all. However, the cutsecnes weren’t too long, so if the videos work well for you they are worth a watch for the clues and the story alike.

As for everything else, Perils of Man ran quite fine in all chapters except one when she’s on a ship in the sea; the storm in the back lagged it terribly and it was quite a torture to get through it. It lagged even when the storm wasn’t seen through any of the ships windows or portholes, which was even more annoying.

Another thing that was really bothersome was a section in the theater, there is an area that links the furnace and cisterns, but unless you click in a very precise area, the camera won’t follow you even when you hear Ana walking away out of sight. I was pretty sure I clicked all over to no avail, and in the end had to turn to the forums for help. It wasn’t really a bug, but it wasn’t very well thought out either. What was a bug though was getting stuck in a couple areas on invisible walls, just because I tried to do two actions too fast. Then she would refuse to walk but you could still hear the steps sound effect. She would also end up walking but then not want to accept any further commands – no leaving the area or clicking on another item unless you reloaded the game. It wouldn’t had been so annoying if it hadn’t all started happening after I got “stuck” trying to enter the cistern, which had already frustrated me quite a bit.

Fortunately the game auto-saves (apparently) fairly often, so I didn’t experience any loss when I had to do the reloads.

Those little pesky bugs ended up taking away a good deal of my enjoyment of the game, hence I give it a lower rating than I would have if my play-through had gone smoothly. (I would’ve probably gone for a 9/10 instead of 7/10)

Despite that, the game is fun, the story is interesting and the ideas in it good, although I do feel like the ending didn’t quite resolve things entirely… and it reminded me of the good old adventure games of old, which is always nice.

I definitely recommend it, and hope you don’t encounter the bugs I did.

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22 of 30 people (73%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
6.1 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: April 28, 2015
Risky Business

Pretty much everything thing we do has an element of risk attached to it, there are clichéd risks like crossing the road, once you’ve set foot upon the tarmac, there’s a chance you won’t make it across to the other side, it happens to people every day.

There are the obvious risks like, “I’m going to go sky diving” good luck with that!

Then there are the more subtle risks like... making yourself a coffee.
How could that be risky?

Well... you grab your favourite mug, flick the switch on the kettle and... ZAP!
There was an electrical fault that had gone unnoticed, an unhealthy voltage surges through your body, within moments your mug is smashed on the kitchen floor, your smouldering corpse lying next to it, and all you wanted was a coffee!
It’s unlikely, but that doesn’t make it impossible.

The Magic Goggles Hypothesis

If only there was some way to see the risks around you more clearly, some sort of magical goggles you could put on that could highlight the dangers, maybe something could have flagged that broken appliance as deadly before you flicked the switch, you might have gone without your coffee but at least you wouldn’t be dead!

Gaming Pains

There are risks involved in gaming too, from the ever present threat of getting RSI from a ten hour session of Call of Duty to the financial risk of buying a game that might turn out to be awful and remain unplayed forever; I’ve seen plenty of “I want my money back” threads on the Steam forums, we’ve all wasted money before.

The Magic Goggles Reality

Thankfully the risks involved in The Perils of Man aren’t the “Should I buy it?” variety
(hopefully this review will help a little in that respect).
You see, Perils of Man is a game themed around risk and if you liked the idea of the magical “risk assessment goggles” mentioned earlier then when you get about a third of the way through the game you’re going to be in for a treat!

A Swiss Family Eberling

You play the role of Ana Eberling, a Swiss girl whose family is shrouded in mystery.
Her father and his father before him shared more than just their bloodline, they were both scientists and more than that, they both disappear under mysterious circumstances, never to be heard from again.

Thanks, you shouldn't have...

You join Ana on her birthday, it’s been several years since her father vanished but she hasn’t given up hope of uncovering the mystery surrounding his disappearance.
A mystery added to by the strange object she has just received as a birthday present, a recently discovered item that used to belong to her missing father.

Unlocking the secret of this strange item will be your first step on a journey to discover the truth about your family, a journey which is going to include some whacky clockwork inventions, some touching moments and...... Time Travel!

"Oh Boy!"

You’ll find yourself jumping around in time “trying to put right what once went wrong”.
You’ll even have a side kick with you on these “Quantum Leaps” to keep you company and offer up a tip or two should you get stuck.

Puzzle Time

You’re unlikely to get stuck too often though, the puzzles here, whilst fun, are a little on the easy side (or maybe I’m finally getting better at point and click adventures!).
On the whole, the puzzles are logical, they make sense, at least I haven’t encountered any frustrating “Combine the chicken with the pulley” moments that Lucas Arts were so fond of!

Pictures and Words

The graphics are crisp and stylised in a Tim Burton kind of way, they’re not stellar but the cute and quirky visuals do fit well with the narrative, and a good story is the back bone to a point and click adventure.

The story here is a pretty good one, you'll quickly become absorbed in the mystery of the Eberlings family and their research, unfortunately you'll also quickly reach the end of the game, The Perils of Man is fairly short, you'll get a few hours of game play from it, but then its price point reflects this, and it will be a fun few hours.

Sounds and Shallows

The characters themselves are a mixed bag, Ana herself is well developed and superbly voiced, in fact the voice work across the piece is of a fairly high quality, sure it's a little cheesy but that just adds to the quirky charm.
Unfortunately the other characters you'll meet along the way tend to be a little two dimensional , not distractingly so, but a little more depth would have been appreciated.

The Perils of an IoS Port

The Perils of Man is an enjoyable game, but it can't shake off its IoS roots, almost all aspects feel a little simplified, which isn't surprising as it was designed for the handheld market.
The locations could be larger and they could use a little more detail, the story is interesting but short, the puzzles whilst fun aren't that challenging, this is the fast food equivalent of a point and click adventure.

Point & Click meal, no fries.

As an IoS title, the Perils of Man is an impressive point and click title, as a PC game release, it feels a little shallow.
Having said that, it does tell an interesting tale experienced through a charming main character, all for the price of a couple of drinks at a coffee shop. (sure you could make your own but why take the risk!)

This is the fast food of point and click gaming, it's enjoyable, it's cheap, its quick to consume and it once it's over its quickly forgotten, is this a bad thing, no, I love fast food!

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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 28, 2015
A wonderful story driven point and click game with puzzles that make you think but not want to pull your hair out.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 18, 2015
If you enjoy classic point and click adventure games, especially if you enjoyed the incredible "The Raven" which came out recently, DEFINITELY take a look at this gem.

It takes a little bit (getting past the first half hour of gameplay) to really get into it and used to the gameplay, but once the story kicks in, you won't be able to stop playing until you beat the game. Which will take an average adventure game player 3-4 hours in total - longer if you stop to smell the roses.

I found a few things to be a bit clunky though. Mainly the click to move, which wasn't as fluid as I'm used to, after being spoiled by such masterpieces as the Sherlock Holmes series by Frogwares, and the aforementioned "The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief". I'd guess the movement awkwardness is due to the game being originally made for touch control - as it was released first on the iPad app store, AFAIK. A few of the puzzles might not be as obvious either, especially at the very beginning, when you're first learning the game's puzzle logic style. Again, once you get past the first half hour, and access the basement, things will start clicking until the game is complete.

The graphics are very charming, with engaging cutscenes and gorgeous environments and characters. The voice acting is quite funny - though I'm not sure that's always intentional. I wish the accent/voice work could've been as exceptional as Broken Age's/TellTalle games/Sherlock Holmes: CP/Ethan Carter/etc, as that would've made this game much more solid. The accent kinda sounds like an American imitating a Swiss/British accent, which can be kinda jarring at times. Some voice work/actors do a better job than others though.

The story is the strongest feature of this game, and is quite original and glorious. Much philosophical musing, and deep plotting awaits, with a good amount of emotional gravitas.

All in all, this game is well worth the affordable $10 ticket it carries. It's one of the better adventure games to come out this year, though not quite the caliber of Telltalegames or Frogwares best fare.

4/5 - Strong Recommend, especially for adventure game enthusiasts.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
What a sweet little story.

Another good point and click with humorous dialogues and fun puzzles. Warm story, no violence, weapons and killing, no vulgare language. I loved time traveling and the steampunk bird just made my day.

Awesome game. I hope I forget it quickly, so that I can play it again,
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 13, 2015
Let's say we want a really cool story-like game with graphics within range of almost any PC and a really cool attracting story to suck you in and make you feel the game ... what's that? ... it's Perils of Man!

Story 8/10:
The game easily gets your attention from the moment you start to play in which the game makes you start wondering around discovering what you have to do depending on clues been given, Also the game tries really hard to make the characters more appealing to you by letting you feel connected somehow to the storyline in general which is really handy when you are someone who is looking to spend a cool 5-6 hours of simple yet well writted storyline.

Gameplay 6/10:
The reason why I gave the game 6 outta 10 is basiclly the game really paces in a really annoying way and what I mean by that is that you have to keep clicking around and that's OK but what's NOT ok is that it's really buggy sometimes where you have to keep clicking many times to get to some point out there, Afterall the game's gameplay is simple and straight forward with no speciality what so ever.

Graphics 7/10:
They are acceptable yet kinda annoying to me it's not cuz' I want all games to be on the same level of graphics power but it's just that I really liked the game and I wanted it to have a way better engine and who knows maybe in the future they might make more games like this one and with really cool graphics.

Audio 8/10:
The game offers you a good balanced soundtracks at least they are suitable for every level makes the game even simpler yet cooler!

Main Character 8/10:
Loved Anna loved how they made her a really simple yet straight forward person in which she expresses herself and what she is all about in a very nice way making the game main line alike in terms of keeping the game simple and fun and Anna does the job way easier than I thought considering kids' characters can be really annoying sometimes haha.

Voice Acting 9/10:
Absolutely outstanding! The game offers amazing voice acting with really deep thoughts into them, I really liked what they offered so far and I wish many other games even big AAA titles to have such deep & cool voice acting to make you happy.

Final Score 7.6/10 (Good enough to impress).

Last words ... I think the whole game offers a really strong bit of everything yet I am hoping some bugs and some stuff to be really considered in the future which will easily make this game a mood blaster!

Cheers and happy timewalking!

Byebye <3
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
Perils of Man (PoM) is a delightful adventure of discovery, following Ana as she unravels deeply buried Eberling family secrets in search of her missing father. There is an underlying emotional resonance that grows as the story progresses covering topics like regret, sacrifice & how ones decisions often impacted other family members. Although this may sound dark, PoM is actually a rather warming story, often taking the innocent perspective of youth. The mystery unfolds at good pace, with some twists as you would expect with anything involving time travel!

There is a lot of personality in PoM, from the adorable Swiss accent of Ana & the quirky steampunk sidekick, Darwin, to the comic artistic style & animations. Scenes are vivid & varied. Characters are unique & interesting, offering a good dose of humour that never really left me lacking.
What did leave me lacking though, was the quality of the many rendered cut scenes at key story points. The content was fine, animations fine, vocals fine etc., actually would even say good, but the low resolution & laggy/clucky/blurry playback was shocking! The game was locked running solidly at 60fps @ 1080p on my PC, but the videos felt like they were encoded 10 years ago running at 10fps @ 800x600 resolution. I found this noticeably poor quality compared to the rest of the game, although sometimes it was less noticeable than others, it certainly detracted from the experience.

An unusual & rather unique addition to PoM is the first-person mode. Not something you normally see in a point & click adventure game, it adds the ability to search for clues in a scene outside of the fix camera by using a device called a Risk Atlas. Although I like the premise, in practice I didn’t like it too much. Besides making things too obvious, it also highlights the hollowness of some of the rooms. Outside of the fixed camera areas many of the scenes were basic & rather empty.
Throughout my play through, there was only a couple of sections that got me stuck for a reasonable time; Even then it wasn’t long. PoM won’t be frustrating to play, & certainly the puzzles are well suited to new players to adventure game genre, casual gamers or even children. There is even a clue system included to help guide you along when you get stuck.

I found it unfortunate that PoM was over just as I felt I was really getting into the story. The final 20-30% goes quickly & could have benefited from a meatier & more challenging conclusion. It left me wanting a bit more, wishing for another chapter to delve a little deeper into the story. There are still questions unanswered…

Despite some shortcomings I had fun, enjoying the strange story & rich characters PoM had to offer.

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17 of 25 people (68%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.0 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: April 28, 2015
Perils of Man – A Steam Review

[Disclamer - I was provided a copy by the publisher for review purposes]

The good

  • A story with a time travel element that unravels at a nice pace
  • Clean and colorful graphics that don’t interfere with the point & clickiness of the game
  • Smart and logical puzzles – The game will keep you engaged and I liked the fact that most of the puzzles are logical and made me feel smart when I solved them.

The not so good:

  • There is one interaction that’s not logical and it took some scouring the internet for the solution. It involved looking at something through some other thing to make the second thing see-through. In case you haven’t noticed, I’m trying to avoid spoilers 
  • I felt like I didn’t have a connection with the character’s plight. Or it might be the fact that I’m not a super-smart 14 y.o. girl.
  • Some interaction areas are not where you would expect them to be. Might be because of its mobile heritage.

The conclusion:

With intelligent puzzle design and nice graphics, a time traveling story that keeps you engaged and even a few funny quips of dialogue, Perils of Man is a must for all adventure fans.

You can see my walkthrough here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8mm_pXd8WU&list=PLJ_G9DqblToI7jE1_bSqnwhEHqYveee0z
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5.9 hrs
Posted: July 10
I was absolutely engrossed in this game from start to finish. The story captivated and held my interest all the way through. I loved the challenege of figuring out how to solve the puzzles. All the characters are so delightful, charming and unforgettable. The graphics are amazing...really like the animation style...suits the game genre perfect. The end blew me away! I can say it left me wanting a sequel, I hope they make another one in this series.
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7.5 hrs
Posted: June 26
i'm half-way and think this is a good point and click adventure, maybe not an exceptional game but a well made one.
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4.7 hrs
Posted: June 26
A really good, "classic" point&click adventure game with a really good story and lovely characters. I loved every minute of it.
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4.0 hrs
Posted: May 8
Great game. Very fun and interesting story line. This game deserves more recognition and play!
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5.9 hrs
Posted: April 7
This game was very fun. It was mildly challenging, and very entertaining. I hope to see a sequel.
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7.1 hrs
Posted: April 5
This is a great and nice game. I enjoyed play it. All those who love adventure games this is the game for you. Puzzels are fair and not too hard and you have a built in hint system which can help you if you are stuck.

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5.4 hrs
Posted: February 27
Quite a good adventure game, but far too short.
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6.9 hrs
Posted: February 22
This game gets quite a lot of flack for not being amazing. It's good though. There are some plot holes that had me a bit irritated but I played it, I wasn't bored playing it, and the characters grew on me. I also didn't find myself stuck with the exception of her birthday balloons and finding the sweet spot. It was just challenging enough to happily pass the time.
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