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Agatha Christie: The ABC Murders is based on the novel of the same name. The main character is the master detective Hercule Poirot who, together with his assistant Hastings, investigates the ABC murder mystery: A serial killer who bases his murders on the alphabet (and likes to send taunting letters to Poirot) is on the loose. In contrast to other Agatha Christie works, this story is set in a number of English locations and not in a confined environment. Except for the inspiration, this game is unrelated to the Nintendo DS game of the same name.

The majority of the game is spent with investigating crime scenes and other locations: searching for and clicking on hot spots and finding clues. Often the game goes in a close-up view and shots the number of hot-spots to find in said view. When observing people or places, the player needs to find spots which correspond with Poirot's statement (for example, when he says "This woman is a heavy smoker", the cursor needs to be held over a cigarette). During conversations, the player needs to choose the stay in character for information and bonus points - but the game continues even after botching an interrogation completely.

Sometimes during the case, Poirot enters deduction mode which works similar as in Crimes & Punishments: Sherlock Holmes: in a mind-map, the player needs to combine the collected evidence to form conclusions. However, in contrast to Crimes and Punishment there is no option to fail. A similar mechanic are the reconstructions where the detectives reconstructs a timeline. It is basically a movie and at certain points the player needs to choose how it continues - if a wrong answer is chosen, it is back to the beginning.

Additionally the game features a number of logic puzzles which take place on a separate screen. Those are mostly a simpler version of The Room: the examined object can be turned around by holding the button and the player can manipulate certain areas. For example, a part may be loose, can be moved and reveals a button which in turn reveals another part of the contraption. There are also some traditional puzzles like comparing two letters to see if the same typewriter was used. There are no traditional inventory puzzles save for combining found keys on locks.

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Agatha Christie: The ABC Murders Windows Our two heroes: Poirot (left) and Hastings (right)
Agatha Christie: The ABC Murders PlayStation 4 Searching Betty's room for clues
Agatha Christie: The ABC Murders PlayStation 4 Character profile creation
Agatha Christie: The ABC Murders Windows Unfortunately the cause of the voyage is not a pleasant one

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The Games Machine (Italy) Windows Feb 04, 2016 8 out of 10 80
Ragequit.gr Windows Feb 04, 2016 80 out of 100 80
Video Chums Xbox One Mar 07, 2016 8 out of 10 80
Softpedia Windows Feb 04, 2016 8 out of 10 80
3D Juegos Windows Feb 10, 2016 6.5 out of 10 65
4Players.de Windows Feb 05, 2016 63 out of 100 63
Games.cz Windows Mar 28, 2016 6 out of 10 60
Eurogamer.pl Windows Feb 10, 2016 6 out of 10 60
4Players.de PlayStation 4 Feb 05, 2016 59 out of 100 59
Game Watcher Windows Feb 15, 2016 5 out of 10 50

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