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Art Detective (Windows)

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Description

You are John Cromwell, an investigator who works with the FBI, specializing in high-profile theft. You are after a shadowy figure known as "The Ghost", an art thief who steals paintings and replaces them with duplicates good enough to fool most people. Fortunately, you're not 'most people'.

Art Detective is a 'spot the difference' and puzzle game. Through John Cromwell's email, you will receive jobs to complete. Most of these are 'spot the difference' puzzles. You are shown two paintings and must click anything that is not the same in both. Other jobs may be to reconstruct a damaged painting. These are similar to an electronic jigsaw puzzle. You must click a piece then click where you think it goes. The piece in that spot will then swap places. If the piece is in its correct spot, it will become unmovable. Some jobs will require you to clean a dirty painting. Here, you must click various jars to determine the correct chemical solution that will clean the painting. If you've earned enough money, you can phone an expert to clear the puzzle.

Along the way, your email contacts will give you clues as to the elusive "Ghost's" appearance, in hopes of you capturing him/her. In addition to your 'jobs', there are three mini-games to play. One is similar to classic game Concentration. You have a large group of pictures, face down. You must click two in hopes of making a match. If you don't make a match, they will return to face down. If you match, they will disappear. Another mini-game is where you are shown a group of pictures and must click the two that match. The third mini-game is where you are shown a group of pictures, most as a duplicate to another so they form a pair. You must click the one that is not part of a pair.

Solving mini-games and jobs gains you money. You can use this money to buy items to help your investigation.

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Art Detective Windows Another e-mail
Art Detective Windows Find the nine differences between the two paintings.
Art Detective Windows Opening story
Art Detective Windows A mini-game. Click the two cards that are the same.

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LepricahnsGold (74088) added Art Detective (Windows) on Feb 02, 2009