AGATHA CHRISTIE: THE ABC MURDERS
We’re only a month or so into 2016 and the tally of tragic losses in
the entertainment world is alarming. So, sadly it comes as no
surprise to learn that somebody’s topped Martin Fry and his band.
What? It’s an old 1935 Hercule Poirot story by Aggie Christie?
Oh. Sincere apologies to any ABC fans that we may have upset.
Yes, the Belgian sleuth with a moustache that a hipster would
kill for – or at least slap you about with a Bon Iver ‘vinyl’ for -
returns, all digital-like. Classic tale The ABC Murders
goes from pages to point and click adventure, taking many cues from
2014’s Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments. Let’s face
it, this isn’t the first time that Herc’s borrowed from Baker
A murderous nutter is on the loose,
seemingly picking victims by random – save for them being in
alphamabetical order. First up is a tobacconist (insert ironic
‘smoking kills’ message here). You plod around all third person-like
looking for clues, interrogating potential suspects and solving
logic puzzles, such as curious sliding panel boxes (in that we find
them curious, not that they’re in any way inquisitive, for they are,
of course, inanimate).
Once you’ve enough clues you answer various queued questions, until
reconstruction time and the discovery that there’s more to do until
the murderer is found – onto ‘B’...
The ABC Murders
looks lovely – much like a Tintin comic brought to life.
Mechanically, however, the lip synch sucks, and the movement is a
tad clunky and slow. When you’re in the midst of being seriously
deductive it’s a drag when the game can’t keep up. The ability to
solve a puzzle with a simple click if you’re stuck is also a bit too
Despite some issues, Agatha Christie: The ABC
Murders brings the classic mystery writer’s favourite fictional
fellow to loving life, and it certainly isn’t most foul.