Brindlewood Bay is brilliant in every way. I purchased it when it was the Deal of the Day, as it didn't seem like something I would actually play but might have some really interesting ideas.
I was wrong. I found a group to play it almost immediately, and it was incredible.
The concept is quirky and enticing. I never would have imagined I would want to play a game about elderly women solving mysteries, as I'm not typically drawn to mysteries in general, but the discordant and slow-burning supernatural elements create a sort of alchemy that I can't help but be giddy about. Furthermore, the character sheet makes it incredibly easy to jump in with ideas for fantastic matronly part-time-detectives with evocative but open-ended options and numerous opportunities to continue to define them during play.
Honestly, I'm not sure if I was more excited to run it after the first read-through or to try from the player side with one of the many intriguing ideas that quickly sprang to mind.
The mechanics are light and open-ended in the way that most PbtA games are, but they absolutely drive the themes of this game. I'm in love with the simple night-time mechanic -- where any challenge is ramped up to be more dangerous than the players realize, simply because it's night.
Furthermore, there is so much simple guidance for the GM that it seemed immediately runnable. You as a GM don't need to mastermind an intricate plan or predetermined mystery. You throw stuff at the players, embellish, see what sticks or flops, and even get to join in at the end to try and figure out what the hell is happening. Yes! This is such a great way to do mysteries.
Have I gushed enough yet? Oh yeah, the art! Cecilia Ferri is amazing. The images are few, but heartwarming and filled with emotion and characterization. I wish there was more, but would be incredibly unlikely at this price point. However, if you support The Gauntlet Patreon, it has been coming out with further Brindlewood Bay adventures as part of its latest codexes, which have more of this incredible art and are so much fun to read through.
The game is worth it. More than worth it. Even if you don't foresee playing it immediately, read through it and bask in the brilliant design and quirky references; then stash it in an easily accessible folder for those game nights when you need to pull out something fast and simple. You'll all get hooked.