Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 22
  2. Negative: 3 out of 22
  1. Jan 12, 2012
    78
    Delightfully cheesy and not afraid to try new things. It's short but fun while it lasts. [Feb 2012, p.96]
  2. It may not have much replay value once all the puzzles are done, but it's a fun story with some real head-scratchers.
  3. 75
    Overall, the game is good, though not great. The puzzles are interesting and the story is intriguing. The visuals are solid and the audio's OK. If you're into fun puzzle games with gripping mysteries, James Noir might be one to look into getting.
  4. Dec 20, 2011
    70
    Although its puzzles are repetitive, James Noir's Hollywood Crimes 3D achieves to offer an interesting proposal in Nintendo 3DS thanks to its visuals, that although are not remarkable in its technical aspect, have a very particular style that some will find charming, and others will hate.
  5. Nov 29, 2011
    70
    James Noir's Hollywood Crimes is a bit rough around the edges, but it offers some fun, quirky puzzling.
  6. Nov 26, 2011
    70
    The quality of its story and presentation might be questionable, but at the very least it offers players who like to rack their brains and test their puzzle-solving prowess plenty of tricky teasers to sink their teeth into.
  7. Dec 3, 2011
    68
    James Noir's Hollywood Crimes is a surprisingly well-crafted game which will appeal fans of the Professor Layton franchise and puzzle games alike. It's not revolutionary and rather bland in some aspects but the sheer amount of puzzles and the intriguing story will keep players hooked for a few hours, untile they find that unsolvable puzzle which will stop them forever.
  8. Dec 6, 2011
    64
    If you're an absolute brainteaser junkie, you'll get some value out of Hollywood Crimes. It should at least hold you over until something more substantial comes along.
  9. Nov 29, 2011
    63
    It could've been a masterpiece, but too easy puzzles and a shallow narrative spoil the concept.
  10. Jan 14, 2012
    62
    A nice idea, and a solid story, undermined by a predictable structure and low-budget feel. [Christmas 2011, p.73]
  11. Feb 3, 2012
    60
    This isn't a criminal case of shovelware, but we can't give it a full stamp of approval either… and so whether it's worth investigating depends greatly on how much you enjoy playing portable detective.
  12. Dec 15, 2011
    60
    Although Ubisoft has managed to ship a solid and well rounded gaming experience, Hollywood Crimes proves unable to amaze and engage as much as many hoped and expected.
  13. Dec 6, 2011
    60
    James Noir's Convoluted Title 3D makes for a largely disappointing experience. If you're a hardened puzzle nut and want to progress through a game by way of your intellectual capacity alone, it's not a total waste of your time. But if you've been thinking about dipping your toes into narrative-driven puzzle gaming and are wondering if this is the title to try, it's not.
  14. Nov 27, 2011
    60
    Ubisoft's stab at claiming some of the market share from Level-5's immensely popular series could have been a positive one, yet instead whilst still enjoyable it proves to be a lacklustre alternative.
  15. Nov 25, 2011
    60
    James Noir's Hollywood Crimes 3D isn't a bad game by any stretch of the imagination. It is however a game that has been done before and done better. It offers nothing new to the genre. It can however be grabbed for less than £30 in most places and is fun while it lasts. It is almost worth it for the hammy acting alone.
  16. Oct 27, 2011
    60
    James Noir's Hollywood Crimes 3D has an interesting premise but requires better execution and better use of 3DS capabilities to realise its potential.
  17. Jan 13, 2012
    50
    There isn't much glitz or glamour in James Noir's Hollywood Crimes, a puzzle-adventure with low production values and repetitive puzzles that even an interesting murder mystery can't overcome.
  18. 50
    An interesting attempt at a Professor Layton clone, but one that has neither the charm nor the variety of its more scholarly inspiration.
  19. Nov 8, 2011
    50
    It's a shame the puzzles aren't more varied. The structure of James Noir's Hollywood Crimes could use some work too. [Nov 2011, p.75]
  20. Nov 29, 2011
    42
    3D is used to good effect in some puzzles, but the same effect could be had by staring at a lamp and walking around it, furtively searching for hidden messages before finally quitting and seeing if there's any pie in the house.
  21. Jan 29, 2012
    30
    The range of puzzles on display is also sorely lacking for a game of this type. [Issue#118, p.114]
  22. Dec 2, 2011
    25
    Overall, I feel like it's a pretty poor entry on the 3DS, and it would have been better off as a simple collection of puzzles than something enveloped in a poorly told noir tale.
User Score
6.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Dec 12, 2011
    7
    It takes the Professor Layton formula of combining puzzles with a mystery story, and puts it into 1960's Hollywood with mixed results. The puzzles aren't as good as Layton's, but most are decent enough. The story itself is actually very good, with some twists and turns that are truly unexpected. Sadly, the execution of the story is marred by some awkward voicework, and bad pacing. Still it's good enough that you'll want to keep playing to see what happens next.â Full Review »
  2. Jul 13, 2013
    6
    A pretty short game with interesting puzzles and storyline. Finished in 7 and a half hours. It was pretty alright but fell short on length and awkward voice actors. Full Review »