Murder, She Wrote
HOG with some other puzzles thrown in. There are 5 stories to "solve" as Jessica Fletcher moves between locations. Amusing twist, having to find 6 typewriter keys, to fill in the blanks of the list of objects to find. Each of the stories takes between 30-45 minutes to solve.
May 7, 2013
Could have been better
I am a longtime fan of the original television series that this game is based upon, so perhaps my sights were set a little higher than they should have been....
The graphics are clean and colorful enough. The HOG scenes are of easy to medium difficulty; the stories of each individual chapter do stand alone and are reminiscent of the original series - but they are a tad simplistic.
The gameplay is pure HOG; there's really no interactivity and everything is quite static. If you're a fan of the older HOG-only games and also a fan of Jessica Fletcher, you'll probably enjoy this game - otherwise, there are better hidden object games to be played for your money.
January 16, 2012
Not Up To Reviewer's Standards
This game is nowhere near as good as all the reviews say it is.
(based on free trial)
Good cutscenes, nice plots for each case
Skip recharged fast.
The HOS. It was a little too challenging for me. I constantly needed to use the hint.
I was tending to get a little bored with the game.
There were missing letters in the clues, and you had to find the typewriter keys to get the missing letters.
The hint takes too long to recharge.
The cases are way, way too long. My 1 hour free trial was up before I'd finished the first case.
I hated the puzzles and had to skip every single one.
Overall, this is a flat game, not worth all the hype. I wouldn't recommend it.
November 1, 2012
Being a fan of the TV series and being on sale, I couldn't resist getting this one, plus it had a near 5 star rating. But I have to say it's not really on par with other HOGs I've played, like the MCF series, Sherlock Holmes Hound of the Baskervilles, Poe's premature burial etc. Granted, for players who like something a bit lighter with no supernatural themes, this is a fun game and also maybe for the younger players, but I didn't think it was too challenging or interesting. I liked the concept of the five seperate books or murder cases, because it was like having five games in one, but they were pretty much alike. Each story had only about four or five HOS, which you had to revisit time after time after time, which became a bit tedious after a while, although some objects were moved around, i.e. a cup might be on the table one time and on the floor the next. The typewriter keys were a novel touch, but since you didn't really need them to complete the HOS, I didn't see the point. Most words you can figure out without having the vowels in them.
The graphics were okay, but the animation of the characters was sadly lacking and unimaginative, although they did bear a good likeness to the TV actors.
Final verdict - A nice game for the beginner, but not very challenging for the hard-core HOG players. I'm glad I didn't pay full price for this one and I must have a higher standards than all the other players who gave this five stars.
January 31, 2012
Good theme, play becomes repetitive
I agree with other reviewers that the "Murder She Wrote" theme is a nice change from the darker games. I enjoy games that have a lot of hidden objects, and that part of was good for the first two stories. By the third story, the format became repetitive. By the fourth story, the game developers must have become bored, too, because they started doing a lot of scenes that involved finding 20 of this or 30 of that. That's okay when thrown in occasionally, but that type of scene dominated the last two stories. The main reason I would recommend this game is because even if someone plays only the first three stories, I think it's a good game for people who prefer strictly hidden object games to hidden object adventures.
July 21, 2014
Didn't like this series of HOGs as I thought I would seemed to drag on, dialog was a little slow but was ok game to play.
April 20, 2014
I enjoyed the 1st 3 books, they were fun & challenging, but the last two were boring, repetitious and not challenging. The final book was mostly finding a set # of one item. All of the story lines were interesting though, and despite this I would recommend for the initial books.
January 26, 2013
3 of the 5 cases are the same
Not a wide variety of story telling.
I heard there is a 2nd to this series; hopefully the gaming company has grown in experience from this first one.
November 21, 2012
Lots of Problems that ruined the fun
I could have liked this game...except it kept freezing or losing my place. I played three times and each time I got stuck. Seriously. I finished finding everything in a scene and a search item (that I already found) remained on the list. Nothing would make it go away. Hints didn't work. This happened three times in three places. Beyond that, often when I saved my progress, meaning to return later, I would end up in a different place. Often I had to repeat scenes I had already done.
The game was fun till this started happening. There were no hints available online anywhere - but there were a few people in various game sites who appeared to be having the same problem. I refuse to buy a walkthrough cause this game is pretty simple.
Wiping it out of my computer. Seven bucks wasted.
August 1, 2012
Thee dumbest game that I have ever purchased.
This is nothing like "Return To Cabot Cove". You have 5 books to do challenges in. All that there is is a story line that you listen to between characters then right to the HO's. Some of those are a little hard to find but it is still very easy. If you skip all the monolog talk and just keep jumping to the HO's, I finished all with in 25 minutes, finding all the hidden tape reels, using no hints and finding all of the vowels. If you are a beginner then this game is for you. Otherwise not worth buying. UGH.
December 9, 2012