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Cate West: The Vanishing Files (Nintendo DS)

Platform : Nintendo DS
29 customer reviews

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  • 15 Mysterious Chapters: Over 1,000 clues in 57 unique scenes lead to an exciting mystery with shocking twists and turns!
  • 5 Investigation Types: Find clues at the crime-scene, track-down evidence and search criminal hideouts. Use your findings toidentify and arrest the right criminal
  • Then recreate the crime in court to convict them!
  • Quick Play Mode: Replay your favourite crime scenes and see if you can improve your detection skills!
  • Zoom in on search scenes to help find clues. Use the D-Pad to scroll your view, or zoom out to view the entire scene.
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Nintendo DS
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 7 and Over
  • Media: Video Game

Product details

Platform: Nintendo DS
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  • ASIN: B0022NHQG4
  • Release Date: 9 Oct. 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,665 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Platform: Nintendo DS

Product Description

A series of unsolvable crimes, nicknamed "The Vanishing Files", have bewildered the police and paralysed Arcadia city. Cate West - a mystery novelist haunted by strange dreams - has psychic visions that might just hold the key to solving the crimes. Step into the role of Cate and find clues, compile evidence, bring criminals to justice and discover the link between "The Vanishing Files" and the mystery in her past. Featuring beautiful locations, an engrossing storyline and addictive gameplay, this game is an original whodunit that is sure to delight mystery fans of all ages!

  • 15 Mysterious Chapters - Over 1,000 clues in 57 unique scenes lead to an exciting mystery with shocking twists and turns.
  • 5 Investigation Types - Find clues at the crime-scene, track-down evidence and search criminal hideouts. Use your findings to identify and arrest the right criminal
    then recreate the crime in court to convict them!
  • Quick Play Mode - Replay your favourite crime scenes and see if you can improve your detection skills!
  • Zoom in on search scenes to help find clues. Use the D-Pad to scroll your view, or zoom out to view the entire scene.

Manufacturer's Description

A series of unsolvable crimes, nicknamed “The Vanishing Files”, have bewildered the police and paralyzed Arcadia city. Cate West -a mystery novelist haunted by strange dreams -has psychic visions that might just hold the key to solving the crimes.

Step into the role of Cate and find clues, compile evidence, bring criminals to justice and discover the link between “The Vanishing Files” and the mystery in her past. Featuring beautiful locations, an engrossing storyline and addictive gameplay, this game is an original whodunit that is sure to delight mystery fans of all ages!


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3.0 out of 5 stars

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By jc on ds on 7 Nov. 2009
Platform for Display: Nintendo DS
After playing an online trial, I was really looking forward to this as a more adult, more involved version of titles like millionheir. Sadly I was disappointed.
The game was really designed for PC and does not transfer to the Nintendo DS platform well. No real use is made of the top screen and the bottom screen is too small to be split for the 'spot the difference' sections. The scenes are attractively drawn, but the objects to be found are indistinct and ridiculously small. Sometimes even once the object is found it's hard to tell what it is.
The other disappointing aspect was the plot. Characters were introduced but not expanded on or followed up (one apparently key character just disappears). The clues hidden in the crime scenes had no relation to the crime or the story line. What could have been a very satisfying game felt like a wasted opportunity.
Don't expect too much of it.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By T. Pullan on 25 Oct. 2009
Platform for Display: Nintendo DS
After recently completing Secret Files 1 and 2, Prof Layton, Hotel Dusk and more recently Broken Sword I was looking forward to another search and find game which would challenge my brain in some way but I was very disappointed. There are 15 chapters to the game and every chapter is exactly the same, spot the difference, search and find, spot the criminal!! I persevered in completing the game hoping as every chapter passed it would be different to the next but again massively disappointed as every chapter was the same. If this is the first discover and find game you have tried you might not feel the same but if you have tried any other of the above brilliant games I also mentioned then give this one a miss!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gamemum on 24 Jan. 2010
Platform for Display: Nintendo DS
Bought this game as I like detective type games. I wish I hadn't bothered to be honest. It is the same type of thing chapter after chapter. It even uses some of the same 'scenes' from chapter to chapter, and sometimes asks you to look for the same object as before and it's even in the same place! There's no logic to it either and the storyline is not captivating at-all. Would be cheaper to go and buy a puzzle book with spot the difference in it. The pictures of the scenes are also too small that some objects are almost impossible to find. Sorry, really did not like this game.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Hazlewood on 19 Oct. 2009
Platform for Display: Nintendo DS
It's a boring game of spot the difference and find the object. Personally, I prefer a game that requires alot more brain work. I must admit, after watching the trailer for this game I got very excited by the hype, but felt very let down after playing it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Britters on 22 Oct. 2009
Platform for Display: Nintendo DS
I have to disagree with the negative reviews. I found Cate West to be completely addictive & alot of fun!! I read the information on the game & knew not to expect Layton, which I think is alot of peoples mistakes. Take Cate for what she is - a fab hidden object game which will keep you entertained for hours!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mumz on 30 Dec. 2009
Platform for Display: Nintendo DS
The screen is too small for purpose. It is impossible to see the majority of the objects. Sometimes they are nothing more than a shadow or a part of some other object. Why they did not use the two screens to enlarge the pictures is a mystery. The story is okay as a pick up and put down type of game. Though the same scenes over and over again become more than a little repetitive.
No good for kids because the objects to be found are so obscure. Even adults will need help given that some objects are unheard of - who did the translation?
There are much better games to be purchased.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sonic on 10 Dec. 2009
Platform for Display: Nintendo DS
I have to agree with some of the other reviews that this game was a bit of a dissapointment. I, like the other reviewers like the typical crime scene analysis search and find games. I found this game, although fun, quite limited.
The graphics are well animated but the game itself does not make a lot of sense. Fot the most part, you have to search and identify clues but this does not seem to relate to the story line at all. The clues do not link to the crimes and it's pot luck if you get the right suspect.
There seems to be more emphasis on finding the clues from a list and spot the difference tasks than there is on the storyline. The two just don't go together. This I thought was the main dissapointment.
I think this game would be better suited to younger players.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Louise Woolley on 26 Dec. 2009
Platform for Display: Nintendo DS
I bought this game expecting it to be like professor Layton or the broken sword game I had played previously and I was quite disappointed with it. All you do is search for items in different locations, put those items back, spot the difference and have a go at guessing who the criminal is. Once you have done this you get a little bit of dialogue then you do it all over again in a different place looking for different things. If you like simple search for things then complete the level then this is the game for you. If you want something where you have to apply yourself then I'd go for something completely different.
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