Murder, She Wrote 2: Return to Cabot Cove
I love the first installment that I bought this without trying the demo. This game has many improvements from the first one, we can now pick up things and use them, like many other HOG games out there. However, I feel like the game is rather short, for 3 stories and the third one is esp. short. I played it for 1 hour, and that hour included me going back and forth to the kitchen, calling my mom and others. I feel like the third story was rushed and without enough clues. I feel like the Irish accent there is bad, doesn't sound like an Irish to me. The first installment where Jessica was in London, the voice acting is superb. Also I am getting weary of each suspect asking "you can't prove it!" and the like, and what we do is to show them the evidence and they quickly confess. I may be the very few people who think that the first installment is better than this one although of course in terms of gameplay, this one is superior. And one more thing, doesn't Jessica feel cold at all walking in the snowfall wearing just her regular suit? I wish the game developer could be more sensitive and pay more attention to detail. Well, aside from that, I have nothing to complain and hope that they will soon release the third game.
January 22, 2013
Love MSW2 but...
I love this type of game (without the vampires, ghosts, etc.) and bought it immediately without the trial. It has the same type of scenes as in the first MSW (hints from typewriter keys) and is well worth playing. It could use more HO scenes and a map to traverse the areas faster. The biggest down side: worst mini-games I've ever played. Regardless, I'd buy the next one without hesitation.
December 15, 2012
I played without hints until it came to the art store. There was no skip or help with posing the manequin on the box except for the drawing and no matter what I did, I couldn't get it just right. I ended up just quitting the game.
November 27, 2012
Jessica does it again!
I've always been a Murder, She Wrote fan, and enjoyed the first game very much. This game is much the same. You have three cases to solve and you're helped by some familiar faces from Cabot Cove. Once again, you find missing typewriter keys in each hidden object scene to get more hints, and the scenes themselves are not as junky as some, but some items are difficult to find, but that's why it's called a hidden object game, not a "hey - it's right here - big as life!" game. The hint button works within the hidden object scenes and and is helpful outside of the scenes as well. Voice-overs are adequate and the music is appropriate. It's not Mystery Case Files, but it's not Sesame Street, either. It's a pleasant game with lots of hidden object scenes, decent puzzles, fun little mysteries...of course, everywhere Jessica goes, there is bound to be a dead person nearby..lol. My only negative is the way one of the characters was portrayed. Michael Flaherty, the fellow who works for MI6 and always got Jessica into all kinds of trouble, is a middle-aged man in the original program, a bit stocky, but, in the game, his character appears to be about 21 years old! He is MUCH too young, but the voice-over sounds right. Seth Hazlett doesn't look like Seth, Mort the Sheriff doesn't look much like Mort..but all of the voice-overs are good enough, including Jessica's. If you're looking for a game to pass an evening or two and you enjoyed the first Murder, She Wrote game, try this one.
November 23, 2012
BASED ON COMPLETED GAME
Three years after the original Murder, She Wrote, this sequel was released. A lot had changed in that time, including the drop in popularity suffered by strictly HO games. Still, I wish this one had stuck to the formula. As a HOPA, it doesn?t have anything like the same appeal.
SIGHTS & SOUNDS
At first I thought it was the graphics that were not up to the standard of the original game, but they are alright. Not great, but okay. It is the artwork that has reduced in quality. There is less detail and a distorted version of Jessica, from the one we knew in the first game. Clearly, a different artist is at work, and I don?t see the same amount of talent. The game opens in widescreen, which further stretches things out of shape, but toggling aspect ratio improved the graphics.
Again the voiceovers are extremely professional, and although the music from the show is still there in the opening, during gameplay, the music is subtle and soothing.
The game gives you 3 individual cases to solve this time. In two we are in Cabot Cove, Maine, but the last case occurs while we are away in Ireland. As always, Jessica Fletcher has the uncanny knack of finding a dead body just by walking down the street in her quiet home town.
This is no longer a strictly Hidden Object Game. There is an easy adventure component with a lot of hand holding that nevertheless managed to frustrate me at times. The inventory items you find are used soon after you get them, and you almost always will know where you need them. But the movement does not seem very logical and there is a lot of backward and forward. There are many characters to talk to, including the police chief, and again much of the time is taken up with dialogue.
As with the first game, the HOPs are interactive word lists, where the words do not have any vowels. To get them you must find the typewriter keys in the HOP scene. Typewriter ribbons give you extra hints. The objects are easy to see and generally not hard to find but some are quite small. Because there are less HOPs, there is less opportunity to collect hints from the scenes. So it is important to carefully ration them.
The puzzles in this game more closely resemble the standards we?ve come to expect. But you are still expected to deduce from the evidence. There is a notebook that holds clues in it. No map. There are two options for difficulty.
This is an okay sort of game. If you loved the series, or whodunits of the Agatha Christie style, you?ll love this. Many fans of the first game, though, will not like this at all. It is just too far away from the original gameplay. Personally, I found it mostly irritating.
February 7, 2014
I am not a fan. I did not enjoy the gameplay and thought it all a bit tedious. I purchased it with a BF coupon which I always have in abundance.
March 5, 2013
Even though the game was interesting, it was way to short. voice acting and visuals were good, but compared to the last murder she wrote game, this one was not long enough and has no replayablity.
December 15, 2012
Not So Hidden Object this time around
I really enjoyed the first Murder, She Wrote game because there were loads of hidden object scenes. This game has beautiful visuals but in the hour trial I only found 4 HO scenes and was bombarded with mini puzzles in which I had to go back and forth from building to building looking for clues and solving puzzles. I expected more hidden object scenes but if mini games is what you want you will really enjoy this game. If you want hidden object scenes, I would save your money and purchase this one as a $2.99 deal.
December 2, 2012
It's just alright
first off, the 3 stars are for the 3 "chapters" we get vs. the 5 from the 1st game. i would have been fine with another 5 but to cut it to 3? that is not the makings of an enjoyable sequel. i did like the 3D world like in most HOGs.
secondly, this team up for this sequel was not a good one. they cut gameplay nearly in half without adding more to the 3 stories, made getting hints a chore, and the redundancy of the game itself was just painful. if one more person told me "show me proof," i was going to scream.
i think the 3rd chapter was just a big laugh in MSW fans face. if you remember micheal haggerdly (not sure if i got the last name right), he was a older man in the series. here, he is 27!!! 27!!! they just arbitrarily made him 27. why? the story could have worked with him being his age! then in the beginning, there is a list of names. two of the names are allen walker and edward elric. really people? were you so uninspired to make up names that you just picked two names from animes and thought no one would notice? well, i did and i am very disappointed in the companies for not only that but everything else and this painful game they made.
i'm so very glad i had a free coupon because this is not worth your good money.
November 27, 2012
Humph. I had trialled the first game andenjoyed it, but never got around to purchase it. I'll have to say that I liked that one a lot better than this sequel. There was no improvement regarding graphics, and I also think gameplay could have been much improved. I hate "pixel-hunting"! Also, much more focus is on the adventure aspect than the hidden object searches, and even though that's what I prefer, I didn't much care for this game's. So, even though I like the show as well as the first game, this will definitely be a No Buy for me. My advice is to stick to the first game!
December 3, 2012