NICK CHASE: A DETECTIVE STORY


by GESTALT GAMES; BIGFISH GAMES

Jud’s Game Rating:

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

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

GOOD GAME SPOILED!

Nick Chase, a hard-boiled Private Investigator, is in need of a job. Lucky for him, one arrives from a man known only as The Collector. Solve a variety of puzzles and find hidden clues to uncover the mystery behind the missing manuscript penned by Leonardo Di Vinci. Explore gorgeous hand drawn scenes with a gritty film noir style in this one of a kind Adventure game where everyone is a suspect! (BigFish Sales Blurb)

This game has the kind of delineated Graphics I really like BUT RUINED BY GLOOM.  They are so dark that even once you have found light-switches it makes little difference.  You just can’t see!  I was hoping that perhaps it was just the first scene . . or two . .  but no it was the lot!  There is little colour other than browns and black.

It has a basic Options, few instructions and none for the Puzzles, a Skip button that you wait for impatiently to get you out of the irritating Puzzles – few of them so far are enjoyable.  You collect bullets for extra Hints, but as it is so dark you can rarely see them. You have to resort to the Hints too much, and spend your time clicking around in the gloom!  Even the spinning Magnifying Glass instead of a Hand to pick up items is weird and irritating.

I might try the new NICK CHASE game in Mac and see if it’s any better, but I’m very sceptical.

I do not recommend this game.

Jud House  22/05/2013

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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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