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Apple 'n' Apps (Apr 01, 2015)
What really makes The Trace stand out is the deluxe interactive 3D environments that you’re presented with. There’s the obvious connection to CSI, but the touch interaction in the 3D world is most representative of The Room. Not only do you get to discover evidence, but you get to use hacksaws, wrenches, and screwdrivers with tactical interaction, all in an attempt to access new potential clues. The Trace is all about figuring out how everything in the crime scene fits together, because it all does. It’s great to discover the connection, and it always seems that each new discovery sends you on to another part of the environment to keep you constantly engaged, and immersed in the murder mystery. A well thought out and crafted iOS experience that is a must have for your iOS device.
Touch Arcade (Mar 25, 2015)
The Trace has so many genres mixed in that it’ll be hard for mobile gamers not to enjoy at least some part of the game. I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent with it and, even though I had to swipe a few too many times, I was engaged throughout. So, if you enjoy puzzle games, hidden object games, crime-solving games, or all of the above mixed in one, I have just the right number of dead bodies for you.
Trusted Reviews (Sep 03, 2015)
With smart visuals and a plot that pulls you through, The Trace is undoubtedly an adventure of real quality.
Pocket Gamer UK (Mar 25, 2015)
Ultimately, The Trace is a pleasant if not pulse-pounding game about tapping on bodies and prodding at doorknobs. But there's a clever investigatory twist that helps you feel something like a proper gumshoe.
TapSmart (Apr 01, 2015)
A highly successful take on the detective game. Some frustrating moments, but overall it's hugely satisfying.
Macworld (Apr 03, 2015)
Because this is a paid title, there’s also no waiting for energy or points to replenish as you explore the scenes. As a result, you’ll get through the three-chapter storyline fairly quickly, but not once will you feel wrenched out of the story because your “caffeine level” or some such nonsense is too low. For some, The Trace will feel a little on the short side, but the story is so well written that, by the end of it, you’ll feel like you’ve solved a real mystery.
The Independent (Apr 13, 2015)
Aside from the larger topic of game pricing, The Trace is a great iOS game to get stuck into, turn up your headphones and ignore everyone around you while you try and find what piece fits where. I played it on an iPad mini 2 and it looked great, though I wonder how well it would transfer to a smaller iPhone screen. The big question is, is it worth the £3.99 you’ll be paying? In my opinion, yes, it's still great fun and if you love detective mystery games you’ll have more fun with The Trace than you’ll have with any game you only have to click ‘get’ for.
JayIsGames (Apr 15, 2015)
All of this serves to give the game a very hands on feeling. A feeling that you are actually doing something to solve the case, rather than just clicking and watching the results unfold. If watching police procedurals on TV has taught me anything, it's that most homicides can be solved in under an hour. And while The Trace thankfully has more playtime than that, some may feel the three-ish hour play time is too short, especially since when you're engaged in a smart game like this, the time does seem to fly right by. The Trace delivers a wonderfully immersive experience with a satisfying narrative and innovative gameplay, with a great soundtrack to boot. Yes it did leave me wanting more, but only because I enjoyed my time with it so much. Here's hoping we'll see more in the series.