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Art of Murder: Cards of Destiny (Windows)

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Art of Murder: Cards of Destiny is the third episode in the Art of Murder series. With her new partner Dick Parry, FBI agent Nicole Bonnet is confronted with a serial killer whose crimes take place all over the USA. The killer leaves playing cards at the crime scenes and uses sophisticated equipment - such as lasers - to trap his victims, and sends parcels with clues to Bonnet.

The game starts in Nicole’s flat in New Jersey, where she receives the first parcel from the killer, which will bring her to Queens, NY. In an old movie theater she will discover more clues, but she can't prevent a new killing nearby. Of course the local FBI office in the Bronx will be visited often to consult her boss, the database or to use the lab equipment. During the hunt she will travel to New Jersey (and visit a chamber of horrors in an Amusement Park), to Detalion, Louisiana (where she will explore a swamp with alligators) and to Norwitch, Maine (where she will end up in a lighthouse in which the killer is waiting for her).

Gameplay and interface are similar to the previous games. Nicole has a cellphone that is often used in cutscenes, but the player doesn't need it to make progress in the game. It also includes options to read dialogues and a diary and to consult documents. Bonnet has to interrogate people, collect evidence in bags and analyze it with various instruments, decode messages, and dismantle traps.The interface includes a hint system (a question mark) that shows hot spots and exits. The game is captioned and dialogues can be skipped.


Art of Murder: Cards of Destiny Windows Entrance power plant
Art of Murder: Cards of Destiny Windows In the cabin with Blake, a writer
Art of Murder: Cards of Destiny Windows Wang's lab
Art of Murder: Cards of Destiny Windows Interrogating Rowling, a journalist

Alternate Titles

  • "Die Kunst des Mordens: Karten des Schicksals" -- German title
  • "Art of Murder: Les Cartes du Destin" -- French title
  • "Art of Murder: Le Carte del Destino" -- Italian title
  • "Art of Murder 3" -- Informal title

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Adventure Corner Jan 28, 2010 74 out of 100 74
GameStar (Germany) Feb 01, 2010 63 out of 100 63
Adventure's Planet Apr 21, 2010 62 out of 100 62
Eurogamer.it Mar 04, 2010 6 out of 10 60
Hooked Gamers Apr 05, 2010 6 out of 10 60
Gameswelt Jan 27, 2010 59 out of 100 59
Game Shark Apr 15, 2010 C+ 58
Jeuxvideo.com Aug 09, 2010 8 out of 20 40
Adventure Classic Gaming Apr 25, 2010 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Mygamer.com Mar 30, 2010 3.8 out of 10 38


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game nostalgia (5508) added Art of Murder: Cards of Destiny (Windows) on Mar 14, 2010