Welcome to Secret Diaries: Manage a Manor where you need to manage your time to win each stage. The game combines the excitement of running a business with the romance of historical drama as it takes place in 19th century London.
The game was developed in 2023 by GameHouse and is available on both the App Store and the Play Store. The good part is that it’s also available on PC and tablet devices, so you can play it on any of them.
In this article, we will be discussing the Secret Diaries: Manage A Manor walkthrough and guide while providing some tips to make sure you get the right orders and the right husband for Jane.
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After creating your account and in-game name, you will take on the role of Jane Ashford, a young woman who inherited a large manor after her uncle’s death. She has two main goals that she should accomplish, the first is to manage the manor and the staff, and the second is to find a husband before the season ends.
The game is divided into 60 levels, each 5 levels have their own location, and each level has a set of objectives that you must complete to unlock the next one. Objectives vary from serving customers, cooking meals, cleaning the manor, and completing minigames such as finding Jerry to get some extra points and a diamond.
1. The Kitchen
Every 5 stages you complete, you will unlock the next location, and sometimes you will return to one of the unlocked locations with more items to offer, more customers, and harder gameplay.
The first location you will go to is the kitchen, where you can serve different meals, some that need to be cooked and some that should be refilled, and some items you can use as much as you want from them.
Let’s first dive into the basics. Every customer that comes to your place will have 1 or more items in the bubble above him that you must serve. All you need to do is select the item he needs and the customer that you are serving it to.
Every new level you will get new items that you can serve, but always remember that your inventory increases by 1 every couple of levels, and as a beginner you only have 4 slots. But no worries if you get the wrong item, you can always press on it in the inventory to remove it.
Some items, such as the chicken and fish, need to be cooked first before being served, so you need to get the raw chicken and put it in the oven to cook.
After placing the chicken in the oven, you need to keep an eye on it, as you must press on it when the indicator is in the green area to make sure that it’s cooked well and can be served.
Don’t forget about the little star, Lottie, the cat that must be served. Not only will it give you an extra bonus score, but it’s so cute and deserves to be treated well.
Mentioning the cute little things, don’t forget about Jerry, as he will appear in each level giving you some bonus score and a diamond after winning the level. Remember that he is fast, so make sure to keep an eye out for him to catch him before he leaves.
Returning to orders, some people will order a cup of tea where you first need to boil the water and then pour it into the cup with tea leaves to have the full order so that you can serve it.
Every now and then there will be a task to do multiple times per level, and in this case it’s putting the ingredients in the pot where it shows as a green timer. All you need to do is click on each ingredient to add them to the pot, and the faster you are, the more score you will get based on the heart score bar on the top of it.
Also, don’t forget about the objectives that you get at each level. For example, in the picture shown above, the objective is to deliver orders. If you do it right, you get an extra score and a flower, which means an extra diamond for you.
After finishing each level, you will get an overview of your score. The better you perform in the game, the more hearts you get, and each heart means an extra diamond.
Also, you will notice that the flower will give you an extra diamond, which means you have to pay attention to the objectives that appear on the top right corner of the screen.
Jerry will also be counted as a diamond, so keep an eye out for him whenever he appears through the level.
Don’t forget that at advanced levels, guests will come and sit at a table, not just take the order and leave, so always remember to clean the table after they leave, as no guest will use a dirty table.
Also note that making a quick service will give you a bonus score, so make sure that you are fast enough so that you don’t lose the guest’s heart.
Looking at the picture above, you will notice that there are no ready-to-serve fish plates. You can always take a raw fish to the oven so that you always have ready-to-serve plates, and the same goes for the chicken so that you don’t waste time making them so you can get the quick-service bonus.
Sometimes it will be a mess, with plates and cups everywhere. All you need to do is click on them to remove them. It will not only keep your place tidy and clean, but it will also be counted as a point in your objectives, which will give you an extra score and a rose to be a diamond.
After completing level 4, you will unlock the park behind the residence, where you can spend those diamonds to decorate it. The park is a little bit neglected, and people can’t use it, but by spending those precious diamonds, you will make it look wonderful.
By tapping on any of those, you will upgrade it to a better one. For example, the 1 diamond cost is de-weeding, which will pave the way for people to come in. You can also fix the table with 3 diamonds, then add comfy chairs for it for 7 diamonds, and so on. So, make sure to spend your diamonds to make it look as good as possible.
2. The Garden
After finishing the first 5 stages of the kitchen, we will move to the garden, where everything changes. Now you have 2 places where people can stand and order, 2 tables that take up to 4 people each, which means more orders, more stuff to serve, and more objectives to be done.
As shown in the picture, your objective is to serve the gossiping aristocrats at least 3 times to get the diamond so keep an eye out for their orders.
Starting from the garden, people will start ordering more complicated orders. You will need to be faster in order to make multiple orders in a row for extra points and also so you don’t lose people’s hearts.
For example, if guests order a bouquet of flowers, you will need to tap on the flowers first, on the ribbon next, and then on the bouquet wrap to make a perfect one, so make sure that you make them in order.
Also, if you are out of red or yellow flowers, you can see back there in the yard that there are planted red flowers, each time you tap on them, you add one to be used in orders, so make sure you always have enough so that you can serve them fast.
The repeated objective in the garden is to water the flower beds where you only have to click on the water drops as fast as you can so you can get the highest score possible.
3. The Ballroom
Starting from level 11 you will be unlocking the ballroom where you will have two places, one for people to order stuff while standing and dancing, and the other for people to sit on tables, where you have 2 tables that can take up to 4 people.
Just like the flowers in the garden, here people can order a plate of strawberries and ice cream, where you will need to tap on the plate first, then the strawberries, and lastly the ice cream so that you can make a full order.
And in higher levels, when they ask for a plate of strawberries, grapes, and ice cream, you will need to tap on the plate, then strawberries, then grapes, then the ice cream, in order to make sure you serve the full order in the shortest period of time.
In the ballroom, the repeated objective is to dance. Every time you serve a dancing card to people, you will have to dance with them by clicking on the footsteps that appear in random places as fast as you can so that you can get the highest score.
4. The Library
Next up, we have the library where you have 3 tables, each of which can take up to 2 people. The library is a bit less complicated than all other locations as there are no bulk orders, you only serve what they order.
The repeated objective in the library is to place the books in their places by their color, so you will need to grab the blue book in the middle and move it to the top right, the green book to the top left, and the 2 orange books to the bottom right.
5. The Drawing Room
The last new location you can go to is the drawing room, where you will get brand new items. Notice that the tea and coffee can run out after 3 cups, so make sure to tap on the bell next to them to refill them to 5 so you can serve them to guests.
The drawing room is not complicated, you also get an extra inventory slot, which will allow you to carry more orders at once. Although the drawing room might look easy, it starts on level 31, which is midway through the game, so it will start to get a little bit faster and harder, so make sure to get your thumbs ready.
Tips to get a higher score.
- Manage your time wisely, don’t get overwhelmed by orders; instead, try to serve people who came first so you don’t lose points. You will also get a bonus point for quick service.
- Multiple orders in a row give you a higher score, so try to serve many people at once for the highest score.
- Use your inventory wisely, if something in the inventory is not needed, just tap on it to remove it.
- Always keep an eye out for items that need to be refilled and refill them whenever you are running low on them.
- Don’t forget about the cat and Jerry, as they will give you a bonus score.
- Make sure you complete the objective that appears in the top right corner so that you can get the highest score and a diamond.
- Take advantage of the mini-games or so-called repeated objectives to get some extra points.
- Be patient and keep an eye on impatient guests so that you can serve them as quickly as you can before you lose their hearts, which means a lower score.
Secret Diaries: Manage A Manor is a fun and challenging game to play as you need to go through different places, meet different people, and get to know what happens backstage.
The game requires you to be fast to get more points and to keep an eye out for anything that might pop up any second that requires your attention.
Secret Diaries: Manage A Manor is a great game if you are looking for a game that blends excitement, challenges, and romance.