Inspector Magnusson: Murder on the Titanic
Good plot and surprising twist of the legend!
I am disappointed by some reviews for this game as I thoroughly enjoyed it. The mystery plot is loosely based on some facts of White Star Line at the time and its revelation (here) is audacious and a bit shocking. You are included in this tale and after the ship strikes its iceberg, the 1912 alarm keeps sounding as the need to get yourself into a lifeboat increases. WoW! (I hope I have not revealed too much but I suspect anyone reading this knows about that iceberg, no?)
Anyway, the artwork is excellent, the Palm Court restaurant (and many other venues) give you an idea of how lovely the decor must have been. Sound effects and music are fine; the puzzles are good (and many can be skipped). It's not a complex game and you're always shown which part of the ship to progress to next---so that you don't wander about aimlessly. My one complaint is that there is/was no guide or walkthrough as I really wanted to see the storyline through: but as luck would have it, the only time I was stumped was the five nautical symbols that needed to be placed in a row and I DID find help for this by typing the game name in google. I was so grateful to be able to continue and everything else in the game worked well for me.
Note: Although this is possibly a 4-star game, I'm giving it five just to raise the overall ratings which I think is "fairer" for it.
December 26, 2012
This game has a fascinating storyline with some great surprises. The music is great and the graphics are clear and attractive. As a bonus, all settings can be downloaded for wallpaper. There are lots and lots of HO scenes, some containing quaint, old-fashioned items. This is a very enjoyable, long-lasting game ? worth buying.
June 8, 2012
Good for beginners...but, use caution!
As stated in my review title, this would, in many ways, be a great game for someone who had never played a hidden object game before. It might even be a good game for a child, depending on age, as there are a few things that happen that some may not want a child to see or interact with. The options list at the beginning of the game offers visual selections, as well as the usual volume controls. I can't comment on the music, as I turned it down, but the sounds I heard during the game were fine...bells ringing, passengers talking, etc. Cut scenes were a bit like a comic book - black and white and no voice overs...they could be hurried through or skipped entirely. HIdden object scenes were bright and clear, with items pretty easy to find. The hint system was a bit troublesome in that it wouldn't last long enough to actually allow to see where it was reacting to the item being looked for. I would push the hint button, hear a brief sound, and not see a thing on the screen, especially if the object I was looking for was very near the bottom of the screen. You don't really need the hint button much outside of the hidden object scenes, as the main character usually will give an indication of where to go next. There is a map available that allows you to "jump" to the next area to explore, so you don't need to remember where everything is. You play as the assistant to an investigator who happens to be aboard the Titanic and you're asked to solve the murder of a laborer on the ship. You go from location to location while trying to solve the crime, as well as helping passengers find lost belongings. The puzzles are pretty simple and are skippable after a very short time. They include pipe-fitting puzzles and a slider puzzle or two, as well as other types. It's a pretty straight-forward hidden object game with some interaction in hidden object scenes and would be a good game for someone wanting to dip their toes in the water of hidden object games. However, the end of the game gets a bit graphic...there are "dying" statements of people trapped on the ship after it hits the iceberg..there is a shooting or two..so, if a young person is going to play, that might be a bit much for them. As for historic facts..you won't find many...it's not meant to be a documentary on the Titantic..it's a game...but there are bits of info here and there that are factual...but they are rare. Overall...a good game for beginners...bright, jumbled hidden object scenes with some interaction, clear graphics, choice of screen resolution...a good map that allows you to jump, so you don't use shoe leather...but the story does get a bit graphic at the end. With that in mind, I would recommend the game to someone who wants to take the leap into the hidden object genre.
May 22, 2012
Would get as a Freebie
I enjoyed this game, but not as much as the other games about the fated Titanic. I found some actions took a few tries to complete(ie: taking finger prints from a pipe took many attempts before I could use the fingerprint powder to complete the task). I also found there was too much "talking"
The graphics and sound are good. I would use a free game credit for this game before paying money for it as I have the other games about Titanic
May 18, 2012
liked it a great deal especially being such a Titanic fan
February 16, 2013
The HOS were simple until I reached one, where no matter which object I picked up, I was told it didn't work. I found this very frustrating and uninstalled the game. At least it was a free game.
June 16, 2012
The idea of a murder on the titanic was intriguing
I was disappointed. I am not the best or smartest player of games but this was just to easy and there was no challenge in either the hidden objects nor the puzzles. I felt I wasted my money.
Sorry I cannot recommend this game
May 21, 2012
Not as good as the original The Fateful Voyage
The Fateful Voyage and Return to Titanic were very good but this game did not measure up. I'll be starting yet another Titanic game and hope I won't be disappointed.
May 21, 2012
excellent game,a sad part of history.
I really enjoyed this game.There was a lot of mystery to the storyline.The graphics were very good and clear and i found the music quite haunting and sad.I didn't give it 5 stars for fun factor .It is sad if anyone dies at sea,and i liked the game because it gives you a chance to participate in a very tragic time in maritime history. I have read lots of stuff on the Titanic and i liked the scenes,they were very realistic. Great game.
May 18, 2012
Good game for relaxing
This is not a difficult game, but relaxing to play. I play a LOT of the HO/Adventure games, and sometimes I enjoy sitting down to play a straight HO game, just because it's different. When I am in this mood, I like not having to figure out where to go and find what needs to be done next.
Makes for a nice change.
I do wish they had not included so much dialogue.
May 14, 2012