In playing Gertrude's Secrets one tends to feel like it is some sort of early precursor to Rocky's Boots and Robot Odyssey. This game is similar to the others in that the player controls a rectangle that can carry one object at a time and game play revolves around placing objects where they belong. However, when the truth is reveled that this game came out years after Rocky's Boots and Robot Odyssey, one has to wonder what happened. Gertrude's Secrets is not a bad game by any means, but compared to its predecessors it is a much simpler game, which considering the complexity of the others may not be a bad thing.
To start Gertrude's Secrets you need to take the goose Gertrude from her nest and drop her in a puzzle room. Gertrude then brings in the pieces that you will need to put in the correct places. If you put a piece in the wrong place it will fall out. If you finish the entire puzzle Gertrude rewards you with a "prize" which is kept in your trophy room. Accumulating all the trophies is the name of the game.
The puzzles are generally simple and quick to solve. The “array puzzles” involve arranging pieces in a grid according to shape along the rows and color along the columns. “Train puzzles” involve ordering the pieces according to whether they need to be once or twice different from the piece before them in the train. “Loop puzzles” involve guessing Gertrude's hidden rule for what goes inside and outside the boxes and gets more complicated by having two nested loops where inside the joined area the pieces need to conform to two rules.
If you want a few quick and easy puzzles, then Gertrude's Secrets is a welcome diversion and sure to be a lot of fun. But beware, as you see your treasure room get stocked your instinct to collect may kick in and you'll find yourself unable to quit until you’ve unlocked all of Gertrude's Secrets!
You may want to slow down the game either with a slowdown utility or DOSBox. If you are having troubles getting your cursor to move slowly with the SHIFT key use the number keys with num num-lock on.
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