It has been a while since a game adaptation of her novels has been published, but Microids‘/Artefacts Studio‘s Agatha Christie – The ABC Murders might just hit the right notes as an investigation adventure game.
If you know a bit of adventure game history, then the Agatha Christie games weren’t the most accomplished titles. While they did a good job of staying mostly true to the source material with characters and atmosphere, it was in the puzzles they failed, usually cluttering the inventory with useless items and giving the player not enough clues. If you do a bit more research you’ll even find out that there actually was Agatha Christie – The ABC Murders for the Nintendo DS, developed by AWE Games and Black Lantern Studios, and published by DreamCatcher Interactive. However, this looks to be something quite different.
The visual style is eye-catchingly beautiful with its cel-shaded graphics. While lip sync seems to be off unfortunately, the backgrounds and characters look great, while voice acting sounds good as well. What’s most important though is the gameplay, and this could turn out to be a very linear experience, as evidence has to be found on crime scenes, witnesses and suspects interviewed (with a bit of L.A. Noire reading faces feature thrown in), and other leads followed in a certain order. Still, as could be seen with a game like The Testament of Sherlock Holmes, this could be engaging enough if the story holds up well. There is enough potential in the original about a killer who gives the date and location of the next murder to Hercule Poirot after all.
The game is now available on PC with a 20% discount until February 12, 5:59 PM GMT (at least the GOG version). The console versions as well as the PC retail box will be in stores soon with the mobile versions coming along if ready.
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