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It may be a little lacking as a single-player game, but Blue Toad Murder Files is an experience that’s pretty rare and worth rounding up a couple of friends to play with. The story is well written, the dialog is hilarious and coupled with some great acting, and the puzzles are challenging. It’s a whodunnit that will keep you guessing until the end. Just make sure you figure it out first.
We are, however, completely hooked after completing Episodes 1 and 2, and can’t wait for part three when it arrives after Christmas.
The game certainly has enough wit and humor to stand on its own without stooping to use cheap off color humor. I would like to see sequels to this game in the future, but I believe this game would have a much broader appeal to families if the unnecessary tawdry content were omitted.
If you are still looking for some incentive to pick up 'Blue Toad Murder Files: The Mysteries of Little Riddle' at your local PSN consider this: with unchanging puzzles and solutions, what easier way is there to put a few more gold trophies under your belt? I must warn you- just like eating a bag of potato chips… you are not going to be satisfied with just one. Once your purchase a single episode, you will be in it for the long haul. So I recommend you save yourself some cash and go for the bundles.
The episodes also could have been a lot longer in length. All of these issues are easily overlooked in light of the hysterical writing, and there were several moments where I found myself laughing out loud to myself. The art style of the game made me reminisce about the earlier days of Sierra Online, specifically the game Pepper’s Adventures in Time. The characters are all very cartoony and have a very distinctive charm to them and while the graphics aren’t anything to write home about, they fit the light hearted mood very well. Since it is a casual game, it won’t take you long to finish the game in its entirety and it doesn’t offer much replay value but its price point makes it a good buy if only to pass the time for a few minutes here and there.
So if you’re part of a family that spends most of its TV time hopping between Countdown and Midsomer Murders then consider this an essential download.
If the Blue Toad Murder Files offered just a little more substance in each episode, I would feel a lot more comfortable giving it a hearty recommendation. It’s very light, but with plenty of fun and (intentionally) overly dramatic characters and plots. The puzzles may be too simple for some, but they’re all quite enjoyable and offer a lot of variety. The multiplayer is a neat addition as well, though the social benefit does comes at the cost of personal involvement. Unfortunately, at about an hour per episode, there’s just too little game to justify a single-episode purchase, and it’s even a stretch to warrant its cheaper price for the first three episodes bundled together. Still, there are so few adventures available for the PS3, console lovers of light puzzling and outrageous British accents should definitely consider a purchase, especially if it’s something you want to share with friends. Just be sure to enter the game with a thick skin; that narrator really doesn’t hold back.
The strength of hold it exerts cannot be overstated, and it sets it apart from less inclusive games aspiring to the same end.
With the low replay value being the game’s biggest drawback, the title otherwise manages to be spot on with its aim to be a fun and entertaining title. While the game is only part one of six, it is perfectly enjoyable by itself, although will probably leave you wanting more. The humour, the mystery and the brain-bending puzzles all lend to making this a perfect virtual Christmas stocking filler for all the family.
Blue Toad Murder Files is a charming murder mystery filled with amusing characters that makes for a great game that everyone can get in on. However, don’t count on an extended vacation in Little Riddle as the non-existent replay value gives little to no reason to go back and do the same challenges, let alone solve the same mystery multiple times.
Overall we found that the Blue Toad Murder Files and the episodic delivery works reasonably well, helping to break up the limitations of the game play. While we did initially hope for a detective adventure to rival the classic Contact Sam Cruise or another point and click classic, Relentless Software have produced something distinctive and yet sadly limited that will alienate many gamers.