Despite those flaws however, Agatha Christie: The ABC Murders still provides a great and thoroughly engrossing crime story that any fan of the point and click genre will surely gleam some enjoyment out of.
There are not much detective games, so every game in this genre is something positive. Maybe this game is not the best game ever made, but it is worth to play. Furthermore it has nice music and most of puzzles were quite interesting.
ABC Murders is a traditional point and click adventure, set in the same narrative context of Agatha Christie’s novel. The plot is faithful to the original story, while the game is linear and pleasing especially for fans of the genre.
If you're like this writer and enjoy even a decent police procedural game – especially in a medium where they're dishearteningly absent – Agatha Christie: The ABC Murders is a deserving title in your mystery fiction library. The video game adaptation may lack presentation value, but a strong plot, fun deductions, and a rewarding conclusion make up for it in the end.
Ultimately it suffers from clumsy controls and simplicity, but the ABC Murders still boasts a solid storyline (obviously), if you're not seeking a serious challenge, the cosy-crime feel makes it passable for a rainy Sunday with a mug of a hot chocolate (Belgian, of course). [Apr 2016, p.92]
Agatha Christie was a genius. I have loved every novel written by her that I read. I did not read previously the novel this game is based on so I really enjoyed trying to solve the crimes being Hercules Poirot. I suppose that if you have read it previously, it may not be so interesting because you already know the plot. Pros: Nice game. Great BSO. Entertaining puzzles. Cons: I wish it would be longer!
I had a great time playing this one.
Un buen videojuego de detectives, con una buena historia y un buen desarrollo de los personajes que aparecen. Sin embargo, hay varias cosas que podrían ser mejorables. Por ejemplo, a la hora de unir las pistas, es complicado saber en algunas ocasiones cuales son las que van juntas, ya que muchas encajan con la pregunta en cuestión. Además, también he visto que hay varios errores con la traducción al español, aunque no es nada grave.
En resumen, un buen juego sin más, que cumple con lo que parece ofrecer desde un primer momento.
What Kind of Adventure?
Was it fun?
It was a short/interesting game.
Are there any similar games?
It reminded me of Murdered Soul Suspect
I didn’t think anyone was that likable.
Would you play it again?
No, I don’t think there is any replay value with this game.
Its really short and the controls were iffy at best. There were times where I would have to spend 5 minutes just trying to get the controls to work.
How many hours did you play it?
It took about 5 hours to beat the game.
This game is pretty awful. The controls are the worst I've ever encountered, making conceptually simple tasks long and painful. Most of all, the one that caused me to ragequit, was that when you're doing a puzzle it's possible to use items but there is no indication of that whatsoever. There are icons for the items there, but they defiantly do nothing. It turns out that you have to use the D-pad to enable the really awful interaction with the items.
Another awful feature was that whenever Poirot is speaking you can press X to shut him up (not O, like it should be). So whenever he's mentioning to himself that he hasn't solved the puzzle yet, you have to press X, wait a couple of seconds, then press O to undo whatever was wrong. Oh yeah, and L2 to interact, instead of X. It's frustrating every single time.
One thing the game does do well is the deduction system - you've found some clues, and you put them together to make deductions. There were a couple where I just tried all combinations, but generally that was good and kinda fun. The art work is decent, and role-playing Poirot is a little fun.
The rest of the game is quite painful though. Poirot is a gentleman built for comfort rather than speed, so it's understandable that he doesn't gallop around the game, but that's no reason for every other interaction to happen at a stately speed as well. If the game allowed interactions at the same speed as any other game, it would be twice as much fun and take a third of the time.
I hope if more games are built in this franchise that they completely redesign the user interaction. This game gets many things wrong, and that should not be a sustainable practice.
SummaryThe ABC Murders is an adventure and investigation game adapted from the classic Agatha Christie novel. Assume the role of the famous private detective Hercule Poirot and, once again, you find yourself up against a mysterious serial killer who goes by the name of "ABC".