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Mixed or average reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Although there are areas where Cate West can be improved, for a hidden object game it's definitely one of the best currently available on the market and works well on the Wii. Its intriguing storyline, overall polished presentation and change of gameplay styles makes it a far more interesting proposition than most hidden object titles and it's all the better for it.
  2. It's basic but reasonably compelling. [Nov 2009, p.98]
  3. Cate West on the Wii is identical to the DS version, however the handheld just seems to pull it off a lot better.
  4. If you are a fan of this game genre and can overlook the shortcomings of the graphics, you'll find that the title is well worth your time.
  5. I had to strain my eyes playing on a 42-inch television, so I can’t imagine what it would be like to play on a smaller set. Despite some problems, Cate West is still worth a try if you’re a fan of the genre, but if you’re not, this isn’t the game that will draw you in.
  6. The gameplay itself is pretty average for the genre, and the graphics do make it a bit difficult to spot some of the objects you are looking for, but it's plus points more than compensate. The games storyline holds the average gameplay together well, the overall presentation is pretty good, and to top it all off is the games budget price.
  7. If you're itching to play a hidden-object game, The Vanishing Files will be like rubbing up against a tree: it's not pretty, but it gets the job done.
  8. An acquired taste, and definitely not for impatient gamers. [Nov 2009, p.69]

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