Jane Croft: The Baker Street Murder
Short and ended somewhat abruptly
I'll talk about the good stuff first. :P I LOVED the art style. I like detective noir and the graphics were really evocative of that. The music was okay but did serve to enhance this atmosphere. The variation on sparkles that shows trails of stars instead was also cool. The dialogue is done in speech bubbles with the text in a cool old-school typewriter font--very cool! The story was also interesting as you interview people and compile a list of suspects and uncover hints of corruption. All that good crime mystery stuff.
That was it for the good stuff. :( The game was REALLY short. And worse than that, it ended very abruptly. I'm okay with a short game (but not too short--preferably at least over 2.5 hours) if it's high quality, but this game seemed to end in the middle of the story. I was totally unprepared for that!
This is more or less a straight HOG where you go from hidden object scene to hidden object scene. Scenes are junk piles with objects in illogical locations. They were reasonably fun to play through, though. There are very few puzzles and they're very easy. No adventure game elements (no inventory items, no true ability to move freely between locations).
I wouldn't mind the average gameplay if there was a good story to go along with the amazing graphics, and I did like what there was of the story, but there just wasn't enough of it.
May 27, 2012
Hope the Sequel Fares Better...
Every so often, a hidden object game comes along that, despite its obvious flaws, ends up being pretty awesome. This is not that game. Jane Croft investigates a murder at Baker Street, hence the title, but it's a long way off from Sherlock Holmes-level detection.
The most evident problem for me concerned both graphics and sound. There is no voice acting, and the music is monotone and boring. The graphic cutscenes are interesting enough (done in a comic strip style that works with the subject matter# but the rest of the art is way too blocky and clunky. Determining what to pick out of the junkpile object scenes is an exercise in itself. I will admit an odd fascination with finding items like a toilet and lumber in a mansion, but it gets old fast.
Speaking of fast, you won't have that long to wait before the game reaches its #surprising) conclusion. The minigames are incredibly simple, so while the skip button will take a while to charge, I doubt you'll need it. The benefit of picking up bullet piles throughout the brief game ends up unlocking bonus content, which essentially is a five-minute random first person shooter. That will end up being the most fun you have with this, incidentally.
I don't want to be too harsh. I liked the plot of the game, which was rather complex, but the execution of everything else renders it near irrelevant. There are some minor translation issues but nothing too terrible. All in all, I'd pass on this and pick up something far more playable and well done in this genre, like "Little Noir Stories."
January 15, 2012
Based on the demo: The storyline is good, the music is so-so, but the graphics are AWFUL! When even a modern police lab is a filthy junk pile, well, ugh. And objects in the HOS are often strange, and have nothing to do with the storyline. An anvil in a bedroom?
March 29, 2012
A sheer waste of time and money
What is supposed to be a crime investigation is in fact nothing but a pure HOG in which one HOS follows another, ad infinitum.
The graphics are outdated and not even pleasant to the eye
The intro is a comic book on screen. No voive-over, no dialog, just bubbles.
Several items in each HOS are invisible, pure and simple.
Help from the Hint System is stingy as it takes ages to recharge.
No task whatsoever to accomplish
No way to exit a HOS until completed, no location to visit freely.
Puzzles and minigames are lame and perfectly boring, and no instruction is given as to what to do.
No novelty, no originality, no imagination.
Playtime is ludicrously short.
The storyline is the only positive feature the game has to offer.
Forget about Jane Croft and the Baker Street Murder.
December 23, 2011
Worst Game I Have EVER Played
Once again I waste my time on such a terrible game. Here are my thoughts.
I struggle to find ANYTHING good about this game. The only thing even remotely good would be that the Hidden Objects were really easy to find.
Good dialogue, but would've been better with some voices.
It was all hidden object scenes. There were no puzzles or minigames or anything.
Annoyng sounds and terrible graphics.
At almost 2 minutes, (1:50) the hint took way too long to recharge, so if I got stuck on finding an object, I would be sitting there waiting.
Well, I guess it's my own fault for not listening to the reviews. This is absolutely terrible. From terrible graphics to a terrible storyline, there is absolutely nothing good about this game. If I could give it 0 Stars, I would. This game doesn't even deserve one millimetre of a star.
June 2, 2012
Not very good
This game is definitely one of the worst. There isn't much of a challenge, the graphics are elementry and the game is way too short. I would NEVER recommend this game to anyone.
December 26, 2011
Not worth $2.99
I only played the trial. The illustrations are ugly. The objects are fairly easy to find, but the names are not always understandable. Even at the sale price, I wouldn't waste my money on this one.
December 23, 2011