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  • Summary: Solve Pixel Puzzles to find clues. Use those clues to interrogate witnesses. Work your way to the truth... ...and uncover the mystery of Murder by Numbers.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Apr 1, 2020
    90
    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.
  2. Mar 5, 2020
    90
    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.
  3. Mar 26, 2020
    82
    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.
  4. Mar 5, 2020
    80
    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.
  5. Mar 6, 2020
    80
    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.
  6. Apr 16, 2020
    75
    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.
  7. Apr 27, 2020
    60
    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. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
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  1. May 22, 2020
    10
    You play as a detective...Excellent game that make your head spin a little bit trying to figure out all kinds of number puzzles...If you likeYou play as a detective...Excellent game that make your head spin a little bit trying to figure out all kinds of number puzzles...If you like sudoku this game would be a paradise for you to play...If you like working out your brain better than working out your body don't think twice....It has cool dialogues and colorful art style...I did not find anything wrong with it once I mute the music and was able to follow the fast paced dialogues and between them you get all kinds of number puzzles which you must solve to go on with the story...If you find the puzzles too hard for your feeble brain there is an easy mode which will help you go through the crisis of emotional breakdown...It has also hints but using them will lower your final score...This is a masterpiece and meant for people who enjoy using their heads...It takes time to solve a puzzle and once you manage to solve it all by yourself you are going to feel much better than beating any other games...The higher score you get ,it helps with your detective rank...You start as F detective and you climb up by solving puzzles...Good luck ! Expand
  2. Aug 29, 2020
    8
    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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