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While The ABC Murders does not possess the depth of plot or crisp dialogue of the full-length Christie mysteries published by The Adventure Company (Murder on the Orient Express, Evil Under the Sun, And Then There Were None), it is an impressive opening salvo in what one hopes will be an ongoing series of games on the DS.
It was certainly a brave move to mimic the might of Level-5 and its Professor Layton series, but Black Lantern Studios has done a sterling job of taking a legendary authoress' prose and wrapping it around numerous logic-based puzzles and brain-teasers. The ABC Murders may lack the attention to detail and high levels of presentation found in the Layton titles, yet it should definitely appeal to the same market sector thirsty for more puzzle solving.
To be completely fair to The ABC Murders, I took it home and spent an evening with the fiancé working through it. Her opinion: it's good, true to the novel and the TV show, but not as engaging as Professor Layton. This, I reckon, sums it up pretty well. Its flaws will only be forgiven by stringent Agatha Christie fans. Those looking for a game to kill the wait for the next Professor Layton, however, will be disappointed.
Due to the source material, the plot is engaging enough to keep drawing you in just to see if you can crack it. It’s just a disappointment that so many elements required to make it a truly must-have game are missing – the lack of hints, penalties and slow dialogue sections limit this one to fans of Poirot, Agatha Christie and murder investigation games in general.
The ABC Murders is definitely a hard game to judge. Personally I found it a bit on the dull side but perhaps it might make an ideal Christmas present for a more elderly relative, as long as they have a DS that is.
ABC Murders, riesce nel non invidiabile obiettivo di mettere in primo piano tediosi e inutili enigmi a discapito di una splendida trama. Il prezzo, pur relativamente inferiore rispetto alla media dei giochi per DS, non è, a mio parere, sufficientemente basso data la qualità del prodotto da consigliarne l'acquisto a chiunque. Mi sento quindi di consigliare questo gioco solo ai fan più accaniti di Agatha Christie e, condizione indispensabile, degli enigmi logico/matematici. Se non rientrate in queste due categorie stateci il più lontano possibile.