Again: Interactive Crime Novel DS

  • Publisher: Tecmo
  • Release Date: Apr 2, 2010
Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 20
  2. Negative: 8 out of 20
Buy On
  1. Nintendo Power
    70
    Still, they're a fresh new twist that really make use of the DS hardware and, along with a good story/dialog, make picking up Again an open-and-shut case for budding crime-solvers with a taste for the unusual. [Apr 2010, p. 89]
  2. This game has a clever premise with gameplay to support it, and even though the story falls way short of its promise, players who go into it with the right expectations will find a lot to like here.
  3. Cing's latest blend of game and novel could've been an intriguing "whodunit" if streamlined into a more digestible package. Instead, the glacial pace of weak plot development and the few poke-around puzzles in between left much to be desired.
  4. Again is a combination of various things, from crime shows to adventure games, but it seemingly takes the bad parts of all of them.
  5. Again is a mediocre game that provides nothing. Its story is nowhere near good enough to justify the interactive novel approach, the "spot the difference" psychic gimmick is miserable and sleep-inducing, and the characters themselves look like they've all escaped from a mental hospital and are playing around in the costume department of a community theater. Hotel Dusk this isn't.
  6. 50
    Again is a staggering disappointment in most accounts due to its crawling pace and uninteresting concept.
  7. You're better off reading a book than playing this flawed interactive crime novel.
  8. For all of its criminal procedural trappings, Again is about as exciting as watching Matlock re-runs in a seniors' assisted living facility.
  9. Nintendo Gamer
    50
    Leaden and clumsy. [June 2010, p.62]

Awards & Rankings

#50 Most Discussed DS Game of 2010
User Score
6.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Dec 21, 2010
    5
    An intriguing story and the visual flair are still there but the usual Cing problem of mundane, glued-on gameplay still stands. Again is anAn intriguing story and the visual flair are still there but the usual Cing problem of mundane, glued-on gameplay still stands. Again is an excellent murder mystery but one that would work better as a novel rather than an interactive novel. Full Review »