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Santa Fe Mysteries: The Elk Moon Murder Reviews (Macintosh)

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Still, this game is exciting and interesting, making you think your way through the game instead of blindly hacking and slashing or defeating endless streams of opponents. For people who enjoy thinking games, track this one down. You'll be glad you did.
PC Games (Oct, 1996)
Elk Moon is not intended to keep an audience of hardcore gaming detectives enthralled for weeks on end. Rather, it is meant to be played through, in a relatively brief amount of time, by a more general audience looking for a good story with some mild brain teasers - a task it accomplishes quite nicely.
Mac Gamer (1997)
I was expecting to find a murder mystery designed and executed like Spycraft, but The Elk Moon Murder falls short of the standard set by Activision's earlier game: disappointingly short duration of gameplay, limited range of tasks and possible interactions, and surprisingly open-ended, trial-and-error endgame seriously compromise the game's value. If you like fast-paced interactive movies, you won't be disappointed; but pacing itself is not enough to redeem this game. Sierra's spanking new Urban Runner looks very much like a competitor in this field (assuming it will be released for the Mac); perhaps it will be the one to deliver the goods.
Just Adventure (Apr 23, 2002)
The Elk Moon Murder is a race against time and nasty surprises set up to trip up unsuspecting adventurers by the game's creators. The game is technically very well made but calling it an adventure game is probably not appropriate due to the lack of puzzles. The game's story is not uninteresting, although it is perhaps a little too complex and it's not easy to keep track of who's who, especially at the beginning.
Power Play (Aug, 1996)
Die Wertung von “Elk Moon Murder“ gestaltet sich schwierig: zwar ist die Präsentation technisch sehr hochwertig, und die ersten paar Tage ist die Spielmotivation relativ hoch. Sobald Ihr Euch aber nach dem ersten Fehler wiederholt durch immer gleiche Interviews klicken müßt, beginnt der Frust zu steigen. Hinweise der Kollegen oder Befehle des Chefs versteht Ihr oft nicht, wenn Ihr irgendwo eine winzige Kleinigkeit überhört habt. Fünfmal acht Stunden sind ein zu kurzer Zeitraum, damit könnt Ihr gerade mal zwei bis drei Verdächtige verhören, was bei der hohen Zahl von Informanten bzw. Verdächtigen nicht besonders viel ist. Und wer nicht genau Buch über das Who-is-Who in Santa Fe führt, bekommt schnell Schwierigkeiten, einzelnen Namen die richtige Person zuzuordnen. Alles in allem kann “Elk Moon Murder“ nicht vollständig überzeugen, da einfach viel zu wenig Spiel fürs Geld geboten wird.