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POSTED 6/2/16


AGATHA CHRISTIE: THE ABC MURDERS

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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 Street’s finest...

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 easy.

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.

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