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The graphic design of this game is superb, and definitely up there with other popular hidden object games such as the Agatha Christie and Mystery Case Files series. The objects are well drawn and distinctive, and the character designs are lovely. The sound is good, as well, with catchy background music that changes based on your location. The story is top notch, as would be expected when penned by the original author of the series. The one problem that I had with the gameplay was the long loading times between cases.
Now adventure game purists may blanche at the thought of playing, much less labeling a casual game as ‘adventurish’, but that’s okay, let them continue to replay their twenty-year-old Sierra and Lucas Arts games. Me? I’m honestly getting a kick out of the evolution that casual game market has taken and anticipate the next step. WMC: Death in Scarlet would also be a perfect fit for the Nintendo DS (Are you listening THQ? And not the Wii either, just the DS).
"Women's Murder Club - Death in Scarlet" ist eine gelungene Mischung aus Wimmelbild- und Detektiv-Adventure. Für einen geringen Preis erwarten euch viele schöne Schauplätze mit allerlei Gegenständen und unterschiedlichen Rätseln von leicht bis mittelschwer. Wer ein Rätsel nicht mag, kann es überspringen. Leider sind einige Objekte wegen der geringen Größe recht schwer ausfindig zu machen. Alles in allem bietet das Spiel eine spannende Story und ein paar Stunden Spielspaß für jede Generation. Freuen wir uns auf weitere Ermittlungen des "Women's Murder Clubs".
With excellent production values, solid gameplay, and a strong storyline, Women's Mystery Club is an addictive and intriguing hidden object mystery that should please fans and newcomers alike. It manages to be suitably creepy and detailed without relying on gore, and offers enough realism to give the player a real “detective” feeling.
Though it’s really short, while it lasts, Women’s Murder Club: Death in Scarlet is certainly enjoyable enough for its genre. For fans of the James Patterson mystery series, the game and exclusive bonus novella and book preview will probably be an appealing gift combo. Even for someone coming to the game without much prior knowledge of the franchise, though, it makes for a fun – if very easy and very brief – diversion.
For fans of casual games, Women's Murder Club: Death in Scarlet should provide several absorbing hours of entertainment, though probably not much more in terms of replayability, as the mystery isn’t randomized in any way. The game is budget priced and available both in download and retail versions, the latter reportedly including a novella and 50-odd teaser pages from James Patterson’s next novel. If you're an adventure game diehard and wondering if a casual title like this could possibly be worth your while, that's more difficult to answer, though this game is a deserving place to test the waters if you feel so inclined. For many, seek-and-find games offer the core experience they love in adventures with all the excess trimmed away, while for others they’re little more than diversionary filler with no real substance, but Death in Scarlet certainly has more than most.
Ultimately, Death in Scarlet comes highly recommended for those looking for a game light on difficulty but heavy on intrigue.