Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Dec 2, 2020
    Overall this is a game no fan of Picross (or nonograms) should miss. It is just as essential as Jupiter’s Picross-e and Picross-s series.
  2. Apr 1, 2020
    Although the lack of clarity with the UI and interface takes my opinion down a notch, overall, I really enjoyed my time with Murder by Numbers. The combination of a detective game and picross really works. I hope that this is the start of a beautiful friendship.
  3. Mar 5, 2020
    This charming crime drama is packed with emotion, and provides the perfect framework for your journey into Picross. Murder by Numbers masterful learning curve and beautiful art style will keep you coming back for more, and its heart-felt story will stop you from ever putting it down.
  4. Mar 5, 2020
    Whether you’re a fan of Picross, or whether you enjoy a good murder mystery, I can’t recommend Murder By Numbers enough. The stories it weaves are fantastically realised, brought to life with wonderful characters, genuine touches of humour and fantastic animation. Honestly, I’m sad there’s only four chapters (although each one will keep you hooked for at least 3-4 hours) – more please, Mediatonic. It’s one of the nicest, genuinely unique games I’ve played in quite some time.
  5. Mar 5, 2020
    Detective fans will enjoy how much interaction there is with the game, but the linear story leaves little room for any real consequences. Although it has a slow start, Murder by Numbers picks up speed with the help of the charming relationship between Honor and SCOUT and their determination to solve this mystery.
  6. Mar 26, 2020
    Murder By Numbers is a satisfying adventure that will delight any fan of Picross. The visual novel aspect gives the game a unique angle for the genre, and the personable art design leaves a great impression. If you're looking for a way to test the waters on Picross, this is a great way to do so.
  7. Aug 6, 2020
    If you’re looking for something to scratch that Ace Attorney itch, Murder by Numbers will do the job nicely! The music and effects will sound instantly familiar, and the basic mechanics are great as well. The game brings a lot of its own style to the table, with more mature themes and a ridiculously catchy animated theme song. If you’ve ever found yourself passing away the hours playing Picross or Ace Attorney on your Nintendo DS, there is a lot here for you to enjoy. If not, I might try out a few sample Picross puzzles before purchasing.
  8. Sep 14, 2020
    Murder by Numbers is a unique project with really addictive puzzles, but sometimes it seems that the story is too long, and references to pop cultural phenomena will not be clear to most of the Russian audience. However, interesting tasks and charming characters will make you return to this game regularly. After all, such a satisfying dish simply requires small portions and several approaches.
  9. Mar 15, 2020
    It's a really strange idea and its mixture of elements barely make sense at all, but Murder by Numbers is irresistible thanks to its very strangeness. Maybe it's a little too clumsy and convoluted in its different elements, but it has a charm and a strong identity.
  10. Mar 11, 2020
    Murder by Numbers successfully blends a Phoenix Wright-style visual novel with a Picross-style puzzle game by making each aspect great in its own right.
  11. Mar 6, 2020
    While the game can be a bit repetitive and some of the number puzzles either too difficult or too simple depending on the situation, this is an exciting and well-executed puzzle title that should certainly be experienced once, even if you're just in it for how impossibly cool all the characters look.
  12. Mar 6, 2020
    A whole heap of well-designed nonograms spread out across a well-written story which is delightful to look at and listen to makes Murder by Numbers an easy recommendation.
  13. Mar 5, 2020
    Murder by Numbers isn’t perfect, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time with it and hope there’s a sequel. Honor, Scout, Detective Cross, and the gang deserve a second outing, ideally with more of a focus on the detective work—and perhaps a few headache-inducing 25x25 Picross puzzles as well.
  14. Mar 5, 2020
    The game is a charming concoction full of endearing characters and set to a wondrous soundtrack.
  15. Apr 16, 2020
    Murder By Numbers is a surprisingly good experience as a combination of Picross and Phoenix Wright at the same time. Remarkable characters, well written dialogues and challenging in a mathematical perspective. However, despite its addictive gameplay mechanics, the quantity of puzzles feels short in comparison with the huge number of texts to read to; plus, the game is not translated into Spanish, which seems to be a high barrier to those who don’t dominate English. Overall, a nice indie game to have fun during a whole weekend.
  16. Mar 13, 2020
    A vibrant mystery adventure but maybe not for you if you're picky about picross.
  17. Mar 6, 2020
    Mediatonic's Murder By Numbers combines visual novel storytelling with picross puzzling, and it makes the pairing feel just right. Now and then a huge grid to solve may slow your roll as you're edging closer to a big reveal in a case, but the puzzles themselves are always satisfying regardless. With four lengthy chapters, catchy music, and several charming characters in its cast, Murder By Numbers is an easy recommendation for anyone who likes either mysteries or picross, and you'll be eager for more of both once you're finished.
  18. Mar 5, 2020
    Murder by Numbers is a game for people who enjoy playing nonogram/Picross puzzles. If you have no enjoyment for these then the game will be an absolute nightmare. On the other hand, anyone who loves these puzzles will find a ton packed in the game with the addition of an enjoyable storyline told throughout to bring context to the puzzles. With so many puzzles included, you’ll have hours upon hours of gameplay ahead. The colorful characters and detective tale ensure that players won’t get bored with the world of Murder by Numbers.
  19. Apr 27, 2020
    Murder by Numbers combines the unlikely trio of maths, melodrama and murder in a stylishly animated equation that is somewhat unbalanced by its repetitive Picross puzzles.
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  1. Mar 5, 2020
    Shades of Picross and Phoenix Wright blend together in this unlikely but utterly lovable genre mash-up. [Eurogamer Recommended]
  2. Mar 24, 2020
    If you’re looking for a hard knocks challenge then Murder By Numbers is probably not for you, and that is no real surprise. Murder By Numbers comes from the same team that released Hatoful Boyfriend into the wild and it relies on some fantastic writing. Filled with quirky 90s cheese, engaging characters, and some fantastic animation, Murder by numbers is the sort of case file that goes above and beyond the line of duty.
  3. The problem, really, is that while both aspects of Murder By Numbers are pretty good, neither of them are given enough space to really breathe. There are too few picross puzzles for puzzlers, and there’s not enough visual novel for VN lovers. I wouldn’t not recommend Murder by numbers, but it would perhaps have benefited from being a bit longer than it is (an easy demand to make of an indie game, I’m sure you’ll agree). Still, though, it’s worth a poke around if you’re a fan of either genre involved. And I still can’t get the theme song out of my head.
  4. Mar 6, 2020
    If you’re smack in the middle of the venn diagram of “people who love numbers” and “people who want to solve fantastical anime murders” there’s really nothing else like Murder by Numbers.

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User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 4 out of 16
  1. Aug 29, 2020
    Murder By Numbers is the combination of number-pixel puzzles and a slew of murder mysteries wrapped inside of a pretty short game (dependingMurder By Numbers is the combination of number-pixel puzzles and a slew of murder mysteries wrapped inside of a pretty short game (depending on how fast you can solve them). MBN's difficulty does ramp up fast. With that increase of difficulty I did find myself getting tired out after one puzzle. Some may find this as a negative, but I think that's great. This does mean that the overarching story is a little lengthy because lots of time needs to be invested in each puzzle. However, that's perfectly fine for me. That's even par for the course when it comes to puzzle games.

    Definitely a recommend.
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