Game Review: Blue Toad Murder Files
Release: March 25th Episodes 1-3 April 29th for 4-6
Developer: Relentless Software
Available Platforms: PS3 Exclusive
Players: 1 to 4 players
MSRP: 30 Dollars for all 6 episodes, 15 for 1-3 or 4-6 bundles, 7.49 each episode (1-6)
ESRB Rating: N/A
Website: Blue Toad
Hot off a taxing investigation you are forced on a vacation to finally get some rest. Unfortunately when your good at your job rest is not a word you hear much of. Such is the case here as you are unwillingly pulled into a murder investigation. Welcome to Little Riddle your now home away from home as you try to solve a case of murder. Welcome to Little Riddle get ready to put on your investigative cap one more time. What is going on in this once small quaint town, what can you do to help solve the case?
You and your fellow detectives are taking a welcome break in Little Riddle following a particularly grueling investigation. Whilst exploring the village, someone is shot right in front of you! Dum-dum-daaaaaaa! A suitable case for the Blue Toad detectives, so a new murder file is opened and you decide to hang around in the village to solve the crime, much to the annoyance of the villages Chief Inspector.
Your main objective is to solve the case that is standing in front of you. Through investigation and a sharp eye and some wits you need to use deductive reasoning to come out ahead. Questioning people progresses you in the game well each person offers you a different puzzle to solve. Each puzzle has to be completed in a certain amount of time. Completing the puzzle on time with no mistakes nets you a gold ribbon, one mistake or short of time gives you a silver ribbon, if you fall asleep or take too many guesses you are awarded a bronze.
Blue Toad Murder Files: The Mysteries of Little Riddle features:
- Six separate episodes
- A thrilling cliff hanger at the end of every episode
- Over 90 puzzles, Whodunnits and cross-examinations
- Opportunity to play as one of four unique characters
- 1 – 4 co-operative multiplayer gameplay
- A story of mystery and intrigue
Investigate suspects try your hand at the puzzle that present you oppritunites to advance farther in the game. Each piece of the puzzle unfolds into the bigger picture your case will slowly start to make more sense as more information is revealed. Characters give you info that can help you to solve the crime they may also use your wits to solve their own personal dilemmas. Progress the story until you can figure out the scenario of who did it and why was there motive or was it random act of violence, or was it?
One great thing about the game is the puzzle types are very varied you don’t hardly ever play the same type of puzzle. Everything from math types to the follow the path types. Listening to the story is a great thing as you get a feel for the people and the town as everything unfolds. You will find yourself pulled in deeper as the story continues to unfold and as more characters are revealed. Characters each have a unique story with different backgrounds and issues that you get the chance to learn about. Options to replay scenes or puzzles is a great addition to the fray of things. Graphics are not the best but fit well with the style of gameplay making it almost like a moving book. You have the chance to sharpen your detective skills also while having the chance to sharpen your wits. British humor though dull has a way to perk up the story and the game in whole in part due to the narrator. You cant beat the price overall for the 6 episodes.
Though there is a great story to be told it almost seems too dry at times this is a minor annoyance. Puzzles at times are frustrating to the point you want to stop playing them or are ready to quit after one try. Many times the text felt dragged out to the point you just wanted to get on to the next puzzle. One thing I found lacking was a way to advance past parts that were not vital to the investigation. Some characters were important puzzle pieces with a mix of great but in the end absolutely horrible info. Lack of any kind of music or sounds to keep the player interested or enthralled in the story.
If you are looking for a game to fill your down time or are big into who type games this game is perfect for you. With the 6 episodes only being 30 dollars a great deal presents an option for a great game. Though some very minor annoyances the game as a whole is worth a shot in your PS3. Think Clue mixed with a little British comedy involved then stir in some detective work.