Agatha Christie - Death on the Nile
HO problems sunk it for me--from a fan of Agatha Christie games
I've enjoyed playing other games in this series, so I thought I would like it in spite of some of the negative reviews. Unfortunately, having played the demo, I now agree with many of those comments.
The HO scenes (which are the main game play) are why I am not buying the game, in spite of very colorful backgrounds and a good story:
1. As others said, the HO scenes are timed, like it or not (and pressing Alt or even Control-alt did nothing).
2. You only get 5 hints total to serve for four or five different rooms.
3. Many objects are too 'clever' (cheating, in my view) in the way they are hid. White on white is only one of many examples.
4. Unbelievably, in spite of these first three points, over-clicking has a TIME penalty!
The unfair way certain objects are hidden (a butterfly so misshapen it looks like a flower, is another example) makes being able to click without a time penalty essential (for me at least). You can stare at that 'flower' and never see a butterfly there, but once you realize that some objects ARE hid unfairly, you might click the 'flower' just in case, and be right! More reason for needing to click freely is the very limited number of hints, which makes having to find 10 tiny marbles or white scraps of paper on white walls almost impossible to complete without miss-clicks. I don't mind exploding or whirling cursors, but a time penalty?
So, sadly, that's it for me. BF should sell such older games for a drastically reduced price and plainly identify them as older. That might motivate the developers to update these otherwise nice games.
February 21, 2013
A Bit of a Challenge
This is a little more of a challenge than Peril at End House. Great graphics with a famous storyline. The challenge was in trying to find some of the objects... they were well blended -laughs- But had to get it to add it to the collection and wasn't disappointed.
January 22, 2012
Won't be buying
Attractive HO game. Really good music and graphics. But it's timed and has limited hints. I ran out of demo time and level time on the second of 12 levels. Reminds me why I don't like timed games. Loved the story and the interaction between the characters.
February 11, 2013
Must be a really old game
timed only no option
hard to find and identify objects due to poor quality
only have 5 hints per chapter, not able to gain anymore
big disappointment compared to the other Agatha Christy games.
November 16, 2012
SOLID MYSTERY TRUE TO FORM
Based on complete game. This is a good timed (no other option) and very lengthy game. Storyline follow Poirot?s adventures from a book of the same name. Graphics are very good and colorful. Adventuresome: find clues, question suspects and witnesses, and examine evidence. There are 12 investigations. Special clues found during investigations provide opportunities to ask additional questions and examine new evidence. You don?t have to question the characters until well into the investigation. As each investigation ends, a bonus round is given which provides additional clues.
HOS: some of the rooms are quite cluttered. Tasks may be involved before an object can be collected, such as finding 6 roses and putting them in a vase. Unfortunately, the game should come with a built-in magnifying glass. Developers should certainly know by now that, no matter how beautiful the scene is, no one likes to find miniscule items which are large only to ants. An enjoyable game that is not too challenging ? well, tiny objects are a bit challenging, aren?t they?
July 8, 2012
Nice game, poor graphics
I guess the title says it all... HO scenes were often too blurry to see the smallest objects, and that made it a bit frustrating. Storyline wasn't easy for me to understand (so many characters), but it was very interesting.
May 23, 2012
Worth every cent!
I purchased 'Death on the Nile' in 2008 and have never regretted it.
Beautiful artwork, true to the time period in which the mystery is taking place. Some of the furnishing, etc, are absolutely breathtaking. Loved the music. Characters are well drawn, each reflecting their individual personalities. Great story line.
It is an older game, so there is no option of level of difficulty. It's timed. The clues are limited. Don't let this put you off, as I like the untimed HOGs, too. It isn't impossible, so take a crack at it, 'cause you're going to love it!
It gets 5 stars right across the board.
April 28, 2012
I had some apprehensions toward this series - especially after trying the Sherlock Holmes games. However, they turned out to be unfounded. The storyline follows the original story quite well, and the HO scenes are well integrated with the storyline.
If you choose to only do the HO scenes (yes, it's a valid option), then the game follows what I call the old "Ravenhearst model": in each chapter, a few locations are "open", and you need to find the objects (ALL of them, contrary to the usual standard) in each of those locations, in a given period of time, to move on. Once you found everything, there's a small puzzle to solve, and you switch to the next investigation.
The "detective angle" is covered by the addition of questions that you can go ask each character, in each chapter. Like I said, those are optional.
Finally, note that I don't give the higher grade because its overall production isn't on par with other games: no voice acting, low screen resolution, and an abrupt ending sequence.
December 8, 2012
My first HOG
This was my first HOG a few years back; now I'm addicted. I adore the Agatha Christie books so a game centered around it seemed like an obvious choice. Even though it's a lot different than the style of HOG I play now i.e Puppetshow etc. I still have a special place for these games.
I love the subtlety of the HOS and the gameplay. Even though they change the story from the actual book it's still a good one. This is much more a HOG then puzzles or anything else and out of all the HOG I play it's the hardest in terms of finding things.
July 30, 2012
Death on the Nile
This is my first Agatha Christie game, and I'm glad that it's getting better at the next installments, because this, for me, is very difficult.
The game is based on the book with the same title, and we are playing as Poirot, moving around the ship to investigate a murder case. There are a lot of places to investigate unfortunately the graphic is a bit blurry, the items are very small and the timer makes it more difficult to find. Once or twice it gets me very confused and frustrated, but glad that I finally make it to the end as it gives really interesting twist in the ending (as I didn't know about this book until I played this game). Good detective game, although I recommend you to take a break once in a while, as playing with this kind of graphic condition can tire your eyes easily.
June 9, 2012