Castle: Never Judge a Book by Its Cover
Oh Castle. How Do You Do It
This is based on the full game, which I did enjoy, because I am a Castle fan. If you are not a Castle fan or one who desires hours upon hours of searching for objects and playing Mensa type mini games, ya ain't gonna like it. I love it.
The fun for me was, as I said, I am a Castle fan. The developers did a great job in capturing the nature of the TV show and having the blessing of ABC I'm sure didn't hurt. The fun wasn't so much in the game itself as in the nature of the characters on TV that they imitated so well. The banter, the seriousness, the fun of the chase is all here.
The visuals were really well done. The Hidden Object Scenes were very clear and accurate. That is a nice way of saying they were easy. The only thing I didn't care for was the music. It did get irritating after a while. I just wish they had used voice overs instead of the bubbles, but I suppose it could have been the costs involved, but it sure would have make the game a bit more enjoyable.
As I alluded, the game is easy. The HOS are simple and the minis even more so. For me to say minis were easy, they were easy. So the level of challenge was not the purpose I bought the game.
I bought the game for the storyline. It was well put together with a beginning, middle and an ending that was pretty predictable, but entertaining as well.
So, if you are a Castle fan, or if you are just looking for a way to pass a few hours, this is a great game and I recommend it.
May 10, 2013
Fun Game For Fans of the Show
For fans of the show, this is a fun game. I do wish that there were voiceovers rather than having to read the dialogue, but I can hear the characters in my head, so it's not a huge deal. That said, though, for people who aren't fans of the show, that's a definite downside.
Regardless, I enjoyed the game itself and the storyline (which read like an episode of the show). It's not super challenging, but it's not a cakewalk either.
Overall, a fun game.
May 8, 2013
Warning: For Castle Fans Only!
If you are a fan of the TV show, you might enjoy the typical banter between the characters, which is very well done. Voice overs would have made this great but would have been prohibitively expensive to pull off, so we have conversation bubbles instead. Character likenesses are bang on. To my surprise the demo went by quickly. Will purchase.
The graphics are great, there?s an interactive map with task list, a murder board for clues, quickly recharging hint, slightly interactive HOS (lists) and easy puzzles. Challenging gameplay is totally absent, along with ambient sound effects, and the music is repetitive enough that I finally had to turn it off.
If you are a fan and have a free coupon available, go for it. Otherwise, save your pennies!
May 4, 2013
Verdict From A Non-Fan
BASED ON FULL DEMO
I don?t watch TV, so I?ve never seen the series this game is based on, and I am judging this one strictly as a stand-alone game.
I also am not a fan of REALISTIC VISUALS and MAP-DRIVEN GAMEPLAY. By that I mean, no point and click adventure, you move to new scenes with a simple ?jump? on the map. So all things considered, you?re getting a tough reviewer here.
And I thought it was okay.
The GRAPHICS were EXCEPTIONALLY CLEAR for this sort of game. Which means the ugliness I normally associate with this style of graphics was absent. HO scenes were well-lit and the items clearly visible, also a step better than usual. Everything was very professionally done.
The GAMEPLAY was EQUALLY DIVIDED between HOS and PUZZLES. You visit the HOs twice. They are fairly static, with a little interaction. There were puzzles and mini-games that were new to me, and every act involving an electronic device triggers some kind of puzzle, so there were quite a few.
Not knowing the show, there were aspects of the STORY that made no sense to me, like the interaction between Castle and his family, and why a writer is a partner with a homicide detective. All else was STANDARD MURDER MYSTERY fare, very much similar to the James Patterson Women?s Murder Club game series.
I felt the game was a little slow, by the end of the hour, I didn?t feel I?d achieved much and I still had no idea where this was heading. Still, it is a mystery after all.
I would imagine this game will be enjoyable not only to Castle fans, but also to those gamers who enjoy realistic stories in realistic settings, but I don?t think it will set the world on fire.
May 4, 2013
old type of HOG
Do not know when it was made but this is how they were years age. No voice over, graphics are ok, music is fair. Same old detective story. The HOS are ok. Some items are harder to find. Did not see any puzzles because I got too bored to play on.
Hint button gives you an arrow on where to go next if needed. Game is real easy and has a flow in using the items you find and you do not have to go far to use them.
Just too many great games out there for me to waste my time on this one.
May 4, 2013
If you like Crime Scene Investigation...
Only played the demo (casual) and found it a bit tame:
* Puzzles fairly straightforward
* HOS very cluttered with some interaction on the first visit, fairly logical
*Map flashes when it's time to move on, or your phone rings. Map tells you where to go or phone caller tells you to meet them somewhere
Didn't really grab me but if you like crime mysteries over fantasy style then this will be for you. Try the demo and see what you think.
May 4, 2013
Dialogue was Spot-On
While there are no voice-overs, if you watch the television show, you will hear the actors' voices in your imagination because the dialogue could have been taken directly from the show.
This is an old-fashioned, linear HOPA, but the story was pretty good and some of the puzzles were difficult enough that I had to skip them to proceed.
The game is a little glitchy and cursor placement has to be right on target in some cases which makes it seem like you aren't using the right tool when, in reality, you just haven't hit the sweet spot that the game will accept. In one case, the clue was dead wrong, but since there were only 10 options, I was able to figure out the answer.
I've grown tired of all of the demonic, creepy games. I really miss the occasional Dream Day type of positive game. While this game includes murder, it's murder by a human at least.
This is a decent enough game to spend a punch card credit on it or wait until it is a DD or COTW.
May 4, 2013
A simple game
If you like led by the hand and lots to read, this game is for you.
It is an easy storyline to follow and the demo went by quite quickly. So not a bad game over all.
The graphics and its playability are fine but some of the HO screens are a bit cluttered, though not dark. The music began to get to me after a bit.
Just a bit to dated so not a buy for me.
May 4, 2013
Love Games based on TV Shows
I?ve known the TV show but i?m not a fan. The caracters are well done, just like stepped over from the TV. The graphics are clear but too sterile for me, therefore HOS are easy to find. The hint system is very sightful and helps a lot.
I really missed the voiceovers. Everybody knows that the low cost games don?t consist voiceovers but it?s a game based on a popular TV show, it should has some voiceovers.
Phonecalls were good ideas and I found the map ok.
I didn't feel any instancy and the puzzles were too easy to solve. In spite of all its faults, I gave 3 stars because I love games based on TV shows and I hope that the next game will be more exciting.
May 17, 2013
A Show Staple
I have not seen the show but I can say that this game fits into the other style of the other television shows turned into games, like criminal minds or murder she wrote.
Very basic gameplay in that you find objects in a junkpile, then find somewhere to use it, and lots of banter between the characters.
You jump from scene to scene on a map, this runs smoothly and is a handy tool in progressing through the game.
The storyline is interesting , but doesn't leave you wanting more, that might be because they have made it family friendly, no real blood or gore.
All in all it is one that I would probably consider with a credit, but I doubt I would buy it for the full price as it is a little too easy for me, and with no indication on the length I will have to pass for now.
May 4, 2013