CRIME LINE


by GOLDEN BOUGH GAMES; BIGFISH GAMES

Jud’s Game Rating:

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

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

BASIC CRIME SOLVING

In Crime Line, you’re a homicide detective exploring a wide variety of murders, gathering evidence at the scenes, reconstructing the crime and catching the killer! Dive into 12 complex murders scenes, discover hundreds of pieces of evidence and interview dozens of suspects and witnesses to assemble their stories. Every clue is important, and every witness has a story to tell. Match the witnesses with the evidence to discover who is telling the truth and who is lying. Once you find the killer, you’ll reconstruct the murder and find out what really happened. With each case, you’ll find out not only who committed the offense, but the motive behind the crime! Solve each case efficiently and you’ll be rewarded with more hints and higher rank. (BigFish Sales Blurb and Warning)

Warning: This game features realistic murder cases and scenes, with images of illegal drugs, tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, and depictions of death.

This Crime game has its very basic Options in the top left hand corner of the screen, and as far as I could see didn’t warrant the warning.  There is no zooming in on the bodies, as in CSI games, and half of them are covered anyway.  The graphics of the various locations are okay, but the Objects/Evidence is often barely visible.  Luckily for the Player, when you mouse-over them an identity tag appears, so you are able to keep track of them.

The game-play entails checking out all the evidence, then dragging the relevant pieces to match the witness statements as you take them.  You then have to rematch them to the final witness statement, which you then review as a whole to see where the anomaly lies – there is always one that doesn’t quite match the rest of the statements.  You then click on that one and then the police car in the top right screen corner to arrest the culprit and reconstruct the crime.

The crime games are: A NOVEL MURDER; LOST SHELTER; THE OPEN DOOR; THE GIRL IN THE PARK; GRAPHIC EVIDENCE; ALBUM DROP; SINKING FEELINGS; UNNATURAL HISTORY; THE SHORT WALK HOME; SALON SEE YOU TOMORROW; THE PLAY’S THE THING.

The game is quirky, but repetitive and simple.  I recommend this for a bit of casual time-wasting.

Jud House  28/06 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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