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  • Summary: In Unsolved Crimes, players assume the role of a rookie detective as part of the New York police department homicide division. An aspiring model, Betsy Blake, has disappeared and a social outcast and loner is the prime suspect. The case is deeper than it appears on the surface. Crime is rampant in the city and Blake's disappearance is the latest in a frightening series of events that are slowly bringing New York to its knees. The local police department is having a hard time cracking the case and Blake's safe return lies in the detectives' hands to solve the mystery before it's too late. Unsolved Crimes integrates three gaming elements - an action game, a 3D crime investigation and a crime quiz - to provide players with a unique, absorbing experience. The game fully utilizes the DS's unique Dual Screen, allowing players to immerse themselves in the New York environments. The innovative use of the stylus allows players to trace marks, routes and memos on suspicious items discovered at crime scenes, all allowing players to move closer to solving the kidnapping mystery. The engaging storyline runs throughout the game, fully immersing players in the world of Unsolved Crimes with more than eight independent cases to solve in the diverse and fully interactive environments. [Empire Interactive] Expand
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. Unsolved Crimes strikes me as being a really good game because of its consistent story, thrilling cut scenes and interesting cases! My own power of deduction, intuition and perception are trained. One has the feeling of solving the case on his or her own. A good mixture of being obvious and suspense!
  2. Despite a ho-hum presentation and some odd design decisions, Unsolved Crimes is definitely one of the more solid adventure titles on the DS.
  3. A solid but unspectacular adventure. With a little less hand-holding and a bit more longevity this could have been great. [Dec 2008, p.76]
  4. Fans of forensic analysis and a decent mystery yarn presented in starker, more realistic tones than other DS games will enjoy this title, and we hope it becomes a franchise like Phoenix Wright, hopefully returning with more grisly crimes and more interaction with suspects and witnesses.
  5. A point-and-click detective adventure which is a touch too linear and not particularly daring with its plot or characters. That said, murder mystery fans will enjoy the gradual whittling down of suspects through evidence gathering and problem solving.
  6. There's a series of interesting crimes to solve in this DS adventure, but uncovering the truth is just too simple.
  7. Fans of CSI-type games may find it makes the grade, but for everyone else, there’s just not enough here to warrant much of a look.

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