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Agatha Christie: The ABC Murders (Nintendo DS)

Platform : Nintendo DS
Rated: Unknown
2.6 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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  • Platform:   Nintendo DS
  • PEGI Rating: Unknown
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B002M61GH6
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 12.4 x 2.2 cm ; 113 g
  • Release Date: 20 May 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,064 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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When I finally got into the game it doesn't seem too bad. Mostly asking questions and "searching" locations for clues. I put that in speech marks because the clues are just there for you to see and pick up. I also went round in circles a few times by asking a question I'd already asked. That would take me to a puzzle I'd already done, but then had to do again to get out of that question.

There is also no explanation in the booklet on how to save your game. I found out by accident that you have to press the 'start' button on your DS to bring up a box which asks you if you want to quit and return to the main menu. I also didn't realise you have to use the arrow keys to scroll through the dialogue and puzzle instructions on the top screen. I was scratching my head for a long time over this.

A little more explanation of things in the booklet would have been nice, then I could have got straight into the game instead of wondering how to do things.
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Possibly the worst game I've ever played. As a fan of Agatha Christie and puzzle games I thought this would be perfect for me, but a poor interface, dull, repetitive puzzles and terrible production qualities left me wishing I hadn't wasted my money.

The plot follows the bones of the Agatha Christie novel "The ABC Murders". The voice recordings are lazy, and meaningless. The text (of which there is a lot) is rife with spelling mistakes and words used in completely the wrong places. There is no guidance on navigation, and apparently no save option. The lack of save option means that each time you restart you have to go through some tedious parts again. The puzzles are all variations on 4 themes: guess the age, guess the street number, select the shortest route, or unscramble an anagram.

The point and click aspect lends nothing to the game, and does not help you discover the murderer. Poirot's "Lost Case" turns out to be multiple choice with unlimited retries.

There is no replay value to the game. I cannot recommend purchasing this.
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I thoroughly enjoyed all Agatha Christie games whether on the wii or the PC. I like the adventure games as well as the hidden objects game so I was looking forward to playing this one. It was a major disappointment however. It is very boring, the puzzles are all very similar and pointless, you can guess the answer as there are an unlimited number of tries (no clues however! so sometimes you have to keep on trying until you get it right). I completed it in 2 days (only playing it in the evening). Complete waste of money. Shame as the concept could have been good. If you like puzzle games stick to professor Layton, much much better.
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Boring game.. do not waste your money. The interface is so dull and boring, the puzzles are rubbish and if you get stuck you cannot get any further. I played for about an hour and have now traded this game in. Very boring, would not recommend. Looks like most other people on here agree with me. Buy professor Leyton instead, that's worth every penny!!
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In this game you play a police officer who asks a famous detective for help - the incomparable Hercule Poirot. The game's background story is taken from Agatha Christie's The ABC Murders, the story mainly serves as a backdrop to what is essentially a puzzle-solving game.

You will for example find crime scenes, and use the touch screen to inspect the scene and interrogate witnesses and suspects.

If you make a mistake and tap something you tapped before, then you may either replay stuff again, which can be fun, or go back to the savegame. The Save menu isn't easy to find though, press Start to make it appear. I don't mind playing a puzzle twice if I liked it but some people say they do mind and they should know about the Save menu so you don't have to play it again if you don't feel like it.

There's some nice points to the game (e.g. I quite like the puzzles) but it isn't perfect, especially if you were looking for more of an adventure game. This is a puzzle game with a Christie story in the background, not an adventure game based entirely upon the novel. If you keep this in mind this game can keep you entertained for hours.
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I have to agree with the other reviews here! This game had lots of potential and as a fan of Agatha Christie and Poirot on TV, I hoped this would be like the PC version of the game where you get to solve puzzles and search for clues. Unfortunately, the actual gameplay gets annoying - e.g. if you go to a previously visited location but it's not the next part of the story you have to re-play that section, including re-interviewing suspects and doing riddles you've already completed to pass to the next stage. There's a "down" button on some of the puzzles, which is tiny and in the corner and I spent the first puzzle trying to "guess the sequence" from the 2 numbers on my screen! I like the writing pad bit for putting in answers but would have liked a "scrapbook" to work on the puzzles and another puzzle kept telling me I was wrong for putting the time answer in with a Hr.Min instead of Hr:Min.

Sadly not one I am too bothered about even completing! Next...
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