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Despite these issues, Murder in the Hotel Lisbon is still engaging and endearing. If you’re looking for an adventure game that doesn’t take itself seriously for a second, Detective Case and Clownbot might appreciate your company.
Com todos os seus méritos e limitações, Inspector Zé e Robot Palhaço em Crime no Hotel Lisboa não só é genuinamente nacional, como tem orgulho em ser Português, isso foi o que mais apreciei nele. As mecânicas e certos traços culturais são transversais à língua, e por isso pode e deve ser uma bandeira, sigam-no, apoiem-no, e pela nossa Senhora dos Assobios, joguem-no.
Detective Case and Clown Bot in Murder in the Hotel Lisbon deserves credits for taking risks in the subgenre of detective mystery adventure games. The humor in this game is decidedly risqué and can range from silly to controversial. The visual styling of the game pays good homage to the golden age of graphic adventure games. Consequently, the game can make for some amusing entertainment for classic adventure game fans who are not easily offended by its humor.
Available at the developer’s website, all in all Detective Case and Clown Bot: Murder at the Hotel Lisbon is a disappointment. There is fun to be had at times, especially in the silly twists and turns of the whodunit plot as you try to unravel the identity of the murderer from the bizarre evidence, but with comedy that is largely hit-and-miss (when it isn’t being offensive) and gameplay and sound effects that are neither polished nor innovative, this is one title that I can only recommend to players desperate for a retro-style adventure who are willing to overlook the game’s numerous faults. Everyone else can do a lot better – Case & Bot are definitely no Sam & Max.
The final gripe I have with the game is the biggest one. At a specific point in what I will assume to be the game's final act, it crashes. After loading several times and finally replaying the entire plot in order to see if it was the save file itself, I can safely conclude that the game itself is the issue. There is a lot of potential in this game in terms of humour and setting, but it is sadly offset by poor execution in script writing and in client programming. I am confident that the bugs will be fixed before the game gets Greenlit on Steam, but until then, I'd hold off on this one. And if you're a stickler for grammar like myself, I wouldn't bother at all.
Detective Case is an interesting case. It’s loaded with personality, but that personality may rub you the wrong way. The throwback gameplay style is done well, but it’s not very deep. There’s a decent amount of potential value down the road, but early adopters might have to wait a while. It’s amusing enough, to be sure, and may be worth it to those looking for a light-hearted romp. My advice would be to watch a few trailers to see if the humor is your kind of thing. If it is, you’ll probably enjoy the game.