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Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 13
  2. Negative: 5 out of 13
  1. Dec 15, 2010
    40
    It's easy to pick up and play in short bursts, which does suit a handheld if you're looking for a budget time-waster, but in the end, this body of evidence should steer most people away from a game that's guilty of sucking all the life out of its own potential.
  2. Dec 15, 2010
    90
    Just as the Professor Layton games mix a good mystery story betwixt its brain-teasing collection, Crime Lab: Body of Evidence comes complete with a tale of its own.
  3. Dec 20, 2010
    50
    If there's any real fault of Crime Lab, it's that it doesn't do anything particularly new or interesting. It's a well-crafted game that anyone looking the pass the time on a bus ride or a lunch break could have a grand old time with, but it does little to tantalize the senses of capture the imagination.
  4. Dec 22, 2010
    40
    Crime Lab isn't the worst DS game we've seen, as the mini-games do manage to keep it from being a cold case. That said, the weak writing and otherwise plodding gameplay make it a mystery not worth tackling.
  5. Feb 8, 2011
    25
    This shows me a studio that wants your money for the first hour of gameplay and is happy not to polish anything past what most people might play. As much as I appreciate going the extra mile and giving people different ways to "minigame" a solution to a puzzle, there's something to be said for totally dropping the ball on instructing people on how to do so.
  6. Dec 15, 2010
    48
    Crime Lab: Body of Evidence is undeniably an ambitious game, but it comes off as below average due to its strange attempt to blend the accessibility of casual games with the tedious and confusing puzzles found in lackluster adventure games.
  7. Jan 8, 2011
    80
    A decent detective title that will often challenge, delight and entertain you throughout a reasonably sizeable adventure. Another solid example within its genre that ticks all of the boxes and provides an enjoyable experience for the player.
  8. Dec 25, 2010
    59
    There's some gratuitous (And not very effective) use of the DSi camera, but that can't elevate this above puzzling mediocrity. [Issue#56, p.71]
  9. Feb 6, 2011
    70
    Overall, while it does have its flaws and the gameplay itself isn't terribly exciting, City Interactive have done well to create an enjoyable adventure game with Crime Lab: Body Of Evidence.
  10. Jan 2, 2011
    50
    Unfortunately, good artistic design just can't fully make up for a few glaring flaws. If you can see past those flaws, though, you'll find an enjoyable game that will help you waste a few hours. If not, this might be one to leave off your Christmas list.
  11. More or less the same experience (as Vampire Moon). [Christmas 2010, p.91]
  12. Jan 19, 2011
    60
    One for CSI fans only, sloppy mini-games and annoying dialogue mar what could've been an engaging point-and-click adventure.
  13. Dec 20, 2010
    65
    Crime Lab: Body of Evidence is a perfectly mediocre point-and-click adventure game that's hindered by a dull plot and a few design flaws.

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