8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Imaginative puzzle & structure, let down by poor cut scenes and voice acting,
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This review is from: James Noir's Hollywood Crimes (Nintendo 3DS) (Video Game)
James Noir "Hollywood Crimes" is 2 stories in 1 game, set in the 1960's.
In the first storyline you are selected to be a contestant on the most popular game-show on TV
In the companion storyline, you are also revealed to be an ex-FBI type, when your ex-partner requests your assistance on a serial murder case rocking Hollywood.
The puzzles are basically the same over each TV round/investigation, but they do gradually get harder as the game progresses. But if you're a fan of the Professor Layton puzzles, the simplistic nature does get a bit tiring, especially as there is no penalty for a false answer (which I admit, I used to my advantage in some of the games).
There is a fairly interesting, if predictable, plot to keep you involved, and the developers do go to some extents to make a fully realisable game, for examples the letters you gain when you complete a round - for finishing the round with higher points than your opponent, you gain more letters, with extra puzzles and hints, and you can complete any remaining puzzle round games at your own pace.
Be warned it is nigh on impossible to get all 100 fan letter (and the elusive final puzzle), because you have to be tricky in the selection of the puzzles in the initial round, it's actually better to do as many of the lower point puzzles than the high hitters.
When you do encounter a truly hard puzzle, the hints come in handy, but there are too many of them for use, especially once you get accustomed to the repeating puzzles. The cut-scenes are annoying, and the storyline, though it throws in a third-act twist, telegraphs the ending from about the second murder. The voice-acting is atrocious. I just turned the volume off and sped through the subtitles.
So why the 4-stars? Because it is enjoyable, and a fun way to while away the time. I also quite liked the innovative use of a camera for your "headshot". Just don't expect to come back to it once you've finished.