Taking one of the world’s most renowned detectives through one of his most iconic cases is a good time for mystery fans
Given the renown of Hercule Poirot in both books and movies, and especially the with this particular mystery being one of the most adapted, this is absolutely a game with a pedigree to uphold. Thankfully, as long as you don’t mind this being a pretty casual adventure, on the whole it hits the mark nicely, and I’d say overall it feels the most sensible of the Poirot games I’ve played in the series. In particular, the introductory “mystery” is a pretty solid tutorial that walks you through the various steps in the process, how you’ll make your plan, look for clues, interview witnesses and suspects, and then begin to piece together the grand scheme in your mind palace. If you make any mistakes or false assumptions the game won’t let you waste your time on dead end paths, simply prompting you to try again with no apparent penalty, which is nice. As more casually-oriented games go the character models and environments are pleasing, the dialogue is generally smart and engaging, and the puzzles are typically pretty intuitive once you get the hang of the ins and outs of the game’s central process. It’s still absolutely a niche experience, intended for more casual players, but it’s at least a well-made one.
Justin Nation, Score: