Murder, She Wrote 2: Return to Cabot Cove
Nothing like the first one
I enjoyed the first Murder She Wrote and expected this to be like it - no chance! I am glad I tried this game before buying it. It was just OK - I won't spend money on it. There is still the hidden object element to it but there was a lot of navigation between scenes to try and find items that fit other scenes. Not really my cup of tea.
February 24, 2014
Loved the TV series, loved the 1st game (which I replay every once in a while). This is not the same game play as the 1st MSW game, which might have been okay even though it made the game mostly indistinguishable from other games here on BFG. It might have been okay if the game itself stood on its own merits (aside from it being a sequel), but for me, it doesn't.
I don't like HOG scenes where the devs use any piece of clip art they can get hold of and stick objects into a scene that make no internal sense to the game's environment. I also don't like HOG scenes where the objects' relative scale to each other is wrong, and the scale in relation to the environment is off. Example: A nutcracker that's the size of 2 postage stamps because.... I suppose to make it harder to see since it's so small and therefore it's "hidden." Why someone has a nutcracker the size of 2 postage stamps sitting on top of their desk is a mystery (no pun intended), but it looks and seems stupid. To me this is lazy programming.
That's one example of the ways this game feels slap-dash to me. I had some technical issues, too, in the demo which felt like lazy programming though it could be there was some conflict with my computer that I don't have with any other game.
I expected a quality game like the first MSW. However, from the silly grin on Jessica's face (even when looking at a dead body), to the bad artwork for Mort, to the rather boring tasks (find a key and then find a key and then find a key), to the bad HOG scenes, MSW 2 does not have nearly the same level of quality as the first MSW.
It seems that this game was subcontracted out to a different developer, which is too bad. They decided to change the game play, the format, the artwork, which is too bad. It isn't as if the changes were for the better, or to make it a more interesting kind of game. If you take away Jessica and Mort, this game is no different than most of the other games here. And that's too bad. MSW the first had some unique things going for it, and a design sensibility that made you feel you actually were following along with Jessica, in Cabot Cove, solving delicious crimes.
November 21, 2012
I was a huge fan of Murder She Wrote years ago when Television had its golden era of great crime drama. I also enjoyed the first installment when it came out at BFG. This one however did not thrill me and sadly I found the game mechanics a bit rudimentary. A straighforward IHOG with graphics that are sharp but a bit dated. The artwork was good as were the voice-overs. The hint system was insufficient; you can collect typewriter keys to get extra hints. There is alot of needless backtracking for one inventory item and the HO scenes were junk-piled with no interaction. The only feature >I found compelling was the storyline and perhaps if I had a club award or game credit on hand, I may consider buying this. I suppose if you are a huge fan of Jessica Flethcher and her mysteries, this may appeal to you but the game does lack a fun factor to it.
November 21, 2012
Hard to follow; not nearly as good as the original Murder She Wrote.
I enjoyed the first Murder She Wrote so much I only played about 30 min of the trial time on this 2nd one; my mistake. Purchased the game. After the first hour I went looking for the walkthrough. I spent as much time on the walkthrough as playing the game. Struggled through it once. That's enough for me.
December 15, 2012
First one is much better!
I was quite disappointed in this second MSW game, it was quite a let-down after playing (and re-playing) the first one. For those of you HO fans who enjoy jumping back and forth between scenes, you may find this one enjoyable as the graphics are clear, dialogue is kept to a minimum and there is a choice in difficulty. But if you were looking forward to a repeat of the first as I was, beware that there are inventory items to find and use, jumping between senes and some confusion at times as what you are supposed to be looking for. The only reason I won't be buying this one is only because, while I don't mind using inventory items in a scene, I do however dislike having to jump place to place to finish a task.
November 21, 2012
I'm sorry for Jessica...
I don't think this is a "4 star" or more game; it's boring and all visuals are the same. I'm sorry for myself too because i love "Murder She Wrote"! I'm waiting a new and wonderful version!
March 25, 2013
I Won't Be Returning Any Time Soon!
I wasn't a fan of the original MSW, and this is no different.
(based on 30 mins free trial)
Able to walk around a little this time.
HOS were good, great challenge, but I didn't get the typewriter keys.
Case storylines are worse than last time, a little boring.
Some puzzles were good, but others were bad
Hint takes a little too long to recharge,
Only 3 cases, compared to 5 last time.
Skip takes WAY too long to recharge
Have to find typewriter keys to fill in the missing letters of objects you need to find.
Hard to figure out what to do next.
Well, MSW 2: Return to Cabot Cove cerainly has me wanting to leave. I don't recommend,
November 23, 2012
Original much better. Very Disappointed.
Adventure Lite game. Missed the hidden objecty goodness of the original which was also much more in depth. Can't honestly recommend this one, although the third and final case was much better than the first two.
July 14, 2013
Not worth buying
This game was "OK" but that is it. Not very challenging and way too short. The graphics were very mundane. Just wasted my money.
March 24, 2013
Hated It - Great Disappointment
I just could not believe how extremely disappointed I was in this game from the beginning. The first "Murder She Wrote" was remarkable and so very fun. This one? First, I was disappointed that it was one story instead of several like I was expecting. But most of all, with this one it was back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. And for what? I still don't know! So disjointed and disappointing. Wish I could get my money back. I just deleted it and put in the trash.
October 18, 2013