CASTLE: NEVER JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER


by GAME MILL ENTERTAINMENT; GUNNAR GAMES; BIGFISH GAMES

Jud’s Game Rating:

Graphics **** Player participation (PP) **** Satisfaction Factor (SF) ****

Frustration Factor (FF) * Fair Play (FP) **** Tedium Factor (TF) Nil

ENGROSSING

The dynamic duo of Richard Castle and Kate Beckett are at it again and they need your help. You will be tasked with tracking down a killer responsible for killing innocent victims that are oddly connected. However, this isn’t any ordinary killer. The crime scenes are unique and dynamic, and designed to lead you off course. With each crime, things begin to hit closer to home. Eventually an eerie pattern becomes clear during the investigation. Will you be able to find the killer before there is another victim? (BigFish Sales Blurb)

This lived up to my expectations.  It’s not the same quality as CSI games or AGATHA CHRISTIE: Poirot games, but it is convincing with its TV Show characters.  The storyline is interesting enough to keep you playing, and rings true to its TV show format.  I like the way it keeps compounding murder on top of murder, building info all the time.  The Graphics are well conceived and designed, fairly clear, and easily navigated, though the mouse control is a little erratic.

It has a good basic Options, with Rookie and Veteran Gameplay choices.  There are dual Hidden Object modes – Items List or Silhouette List – that can be switched back and forth between, even during play – you are not committed to play the mode of choice once you are in an HO site.  There is an interactive Map – always handy – via which you move between sites and a Murder Board for all murder evidence and clues.  Although Items are automatically combined in the Inventory, there is plenty of hands-on for players/investigators in the Lab.

The Music is quite irritating – I turned it nearly off – and there are mouse problems in the Maze trap Puzzle at the end – I had to finally and reluctantly Skip it. Tips: When searching scenes, don’t forget to check all the high areas; and once you have found the ID Card it will put the Password on the computer when used.  Hope that saves you some frustration.

I bought this game, and highly recommend it to Crime fans.

Jud House  13/05/2013

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About judsartwork

I write reviews of Adventure and Hidden Object games that are Crime, Fantasy, SciFi, Renovation, Travel, Quest and/or Mystery by genre. I have a Masters in Writing (2006) and have been writing novels, both crime and fantasy for many years; plus Haiku, verse, and prose both fictional and literary. I am also an artist of modern, Acrylic, textural and hard edge work, underwater, fantasy, expressionist, and Cosmos paintings. I use mixed media (Acrylic, Watercolour, Pastels) in textural Monoprints, finding surprises to expose within each work. Having both an analytical and creative mind has meant that I have strong powers of observation, and the persistence required to follow computer problems through till I solve them. Of course I am not always successful, but am willing to ask for a little help in order to then unlock the main problem myself. My Troubleshooting Blog, 'Problems and Solutions', was the result of my tenacity.
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