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Blue Madonna installed and played smoothly from start to finish, with no bugs, glitches or dead ends. Overall, a pleasing mystery that’s perfect for relaxing with and rootling around in, while continuing to enjoy the sights of sunny Norrköping.
Ondanks de minpunten op gameplay- en puzzelgebied heb ik wel weer genoten van het spel, het verhaal, de prachtige locaties (helaas zonder het filter) en de heerlijke muziek. De minpunten trekken het cijfer naar beneden maar nog steeds een hele, hele dikke 7.
As the seventh installment in the series, Blue Madonna - A Carol Reed Mystery delivers exactly what series fans have come to expect: the chance to explore more beautiful scenery while solving an interesting mystery in the process. It should take around eight hours to complete and it’s very similar in quality to the last few games, so if you played those and enjoyed them, you won’t be disappointed here. Its slideshow format will not appeal to everyone, and the puzzles may be too easy for veteran adventure gamers, but if you enjoy relaxed investigations without any pressure and learning about other cultures while you’re at it, you’ll find just what you’re looking for here.
Blue Madonna: A Carol Reed Mystery is a game that begins with an interesting story but ultimately fails in delivering an immersing mystery. After so many games in the series, this latest sequel has become an example of a design that has become static and is in need of innovations if the series wants to continue to succeed. Carol is undoubtedly an enduring protagonist for the series, but she is now ready for a makeover—a new look that will allow her to continue her sleuthing in future cases to come.
The Carol Reed series seems to be on a downward spiral. After several promising releases, the more recent games in the series are just plain boring. And this is true of Blue Madonna. An interesting premise is wasted on a dull experience that amounts to little more than walking around and solving seemingly arbitrary puzzles. There’s no great mystery to keep pushing you forward and the gameplay isn’t exactly all that exciting either. Unless you somehow managed to actually enjoy Black Circle, you should probably stay away from Blue Madonna.