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In what must be a masterpiece of undermarketing, I had never heard anything about this game despite being pretty plugged in to what's going on in the adventure game business. I simply saw it in my local Software Etc. and bought it based on my fond memories of the board game Clue and because it looked like—gasp!—an adventure game. And sure enough ... read on while I chronicle my Clue experience.
When I first began playing Clue Chronicles, I was unimpressed and figured Hasbro Interactive had proven it still has a lot to learn. Yet I was eventually thrilled by gorgeous graphics, intelligent puzzle and gameplay design, and a compelling and complicated plot that is worthy of a great mystery novel. While I have found computer-based detective mysteries to be generally disappointing and far less engaging than other adventure offerings, this release gives me hope that more fun is to come. I simply cannot wait for the next installment in this series, where a new cornucopia of Sherlock-Holmes-type challenges will no doubt await me.
Positiv aufgefallen sind die mit vorzüglicher deutscher Sprachausgabe wiedergegebenen, erfreulich kurzen Gespräche. Auch die abwechslungsreichen Rätsel können sich insgesamt sehen lassen. Dennoch dürfen wohl die allermeisten Hobby-Detektive diesen Fall eher ablehnen. Anhaltspunkte hierfür liefern jedenfalls die unpräzise Maussteuerung, die langatmigen Wanderungen, sowie die hausbackene Präsentation.
When it is all summed up, Fatal Illusion falls into the vast category of average games. Nothing particularly enjoyable, but it's generally not painful to play. The experience can be related to taking a skiing trip and having an unforeseen blizzard force you to stay inside. You didn't get to have the fun of the trip, but at least you didn't break any limbs.
I’ll start off by saying that the Clue Chronicles concept was simply brilliant. You don’t see very many straightforward mystery games out there anymore (Sorry, Amy J!), and it was nice to incorporate the famous mystery-related characters ever. The idea flopped, however, when the developers tossed in Bill Gates, Paris Hilton, David Blaine, the female version of Sigfreud, and an artistic version of Christopher Reeve. Add in some dicey voice acting, deadly bugs, mind-boggling plot, and you’ve got a game that’s quite a handful.
Despite my complaints Clue Chronicles is a very playable mystery adventure if you don't expect too much. I enjoyed it despite its shortcomings. It is possibly a good choice as a short diversionary trip for mystery fans but, despite having a good hint system, novice players should be wary because of the bugs.
Don't expect any of the board game's promising elements to get much play in Clue Chronicles: Fatal Illusion, which is the first episode in a lower-priced series of introductory adventure mysteries from Hasbro Interactive. The game's execution is as boring as its characters.