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{GAMES} Agatha Christie: The ABC Murders for PC

“Dear Hercule Poirot, I’ve heard that you are very good at solving problems which are too subtle for our poor English police officers and their slow minds. So, clever clogs, we are going to put you to the test…In any case, do not miss what will happen in Andover on the 21st of this month. Kind regards, A.B.C.”

Andover, 1935. A woman murdered in her own shop, as if confirms the mysterious letter that arrives at Poirot’s house isn’t prank. An ABC Railway guide placed on crime scene and another letter arrives. Who is the sender? Is he the killer?

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This is my first time playing full point-click adventure, but since I’ve been play lots of HOPA, it feels less awkward for me to wandering around, collecting evidence.

The plot of game is adapted from the real work of Agatha Christie with the same title. Playing this game is feel like reading visual novel version of Poirot. Throughout the game, you’ll be control Hercule Poirot, investigating murder by collecting evidence and interview the witness. Also, you’ll asked to act like Poirot, walk and talk in Poirot’s manner. By doing this, you will gain point.

Sometime, you have to solve puzzle just to check what inside the object that you found or rotating item to see the odds in it. It’s interesting but also frustrating. I have to click hint just to open the drawer and it’s not fun.

Not only collecting evidence, we also observing the person when we interview them. This part is interesting because you have to choose which questions that is most like Poirot.

After collecting evidence and information, you will put it all in one conclusion. This part is weird because if you put the wrong clue, it simply says “ No, it doesn’t”. As if they already made only one path, based on novel’s ending. I’ve been getting used with system like otome game where you can choose whatever you like and those choice will determine the ending. So although the game is like visual novel, it doesn’t work like one.

Although The ABC Murders is mystery story, but the visual said the opposite. It looks like cheerful cartoon with bright shade of color. I don’t mind it because it more enjoyable for me and it doesn’t feel like I’m in the middle of bloody case. Let’s say I need a break from those type of game.

Anyway, The ABC Murders introduce a whole new world for me. I may play lots of HOPA, but I never play traditional adventure game before, so it’s really fresh and fun. It also different from other Agatha Christie adaptation’s game. Hopefully the developer will release another Poirot game like this so I could enjoy more visual version of Agatha Christie’s works!

Developer : Artefacts Studio, Microids

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{GAMES} The Secret Order: Masked Intent

Sarah receives shocking news from her father. One of the newest members in the Order of the Griffins has turned traitor, murdering one of the Secret Five, the heads of the Order. What’s worse is that very traitor is about to join the Secret Five, and he’s wearing a mask that gives him supernatural abilities. Sarah has to race back through time and search for the one artifact that can subdue the mask: a magical scepter.

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We finally doing the real time-travel! With Royal Griffin ship, we jump back to the past and present in order to save father and his friends again. In The Secret Order: Masked Intent, we get lots of HOP and wide variety of puzzle. Sometimes, playing and revisit the same HOP location can be exhausting. But don’t worry, you can switch it to mahjong puzzle. In fact, I was switched to mahjong from start until ending :p

The visual is upgrade from the first game, New Horizon. It more bright, fancy but still looks stiff, especially the character. Good thing they put voice over in game.

If you purchase Collector’s Edition, you’ll get additional adventure in the middle game. Usually we have to complete the whole game before unlocking bonus adventure, but in The Secret Order: Masked Intent, you don’t have to. This additional game act as if they are part of main game.

The Secret Order: Masked Intent’s plot doesn’t feel like continuation of New Horizon, more like standalone. Although it feel separated, Masked Intent is worth to play as we able to see the improvement of the series. It have several flaws, yes, but it shouldn’t stop you to enjoy the fancy visual and fun gameplay of The Secret Order: Masked Intent.

 

Developer: Sunward Games

Release Date: 18 March 2013

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{GAMES} Agatha Christie: Dead Man’s Folly

Join Detective Hercule Poirot as a guest at the beautiful Nasse House in the English countryside, as they take part in a thrilling mock-murder game. In the most authentic Agatha Christie experience to date, uncover the possible motives leading to a buried secret. Uncover clues, solve complex puzzles and reveal the truth behind a devious scheme.

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Another forgotten review. Seems like I need to write proper schedule because there’s several games I play last year but I forgot to review it. That’s what happen when you let depression takes your life.

Okay, let’s talk about this game which I’ve been wanted since I finished Peril At End House. In fact, I was played it at same time with 4.50 From Paddington.

Dead Man’s Folly tells the story of detective game gone wrong. It was supposed to be fun game until someone really murdered.

Overall, the gameplay is same with other game inspired by Agatha Christie’s works, I mean the one made by I-Play. You’ll get long list of items, search the clue and find the real culprit. Since it has same gameplay with other Poirot games I play before, I don’t need much time to understand the scene. But I notice the visual is kinda brighter than the others. It doesn’t have creepy intense mystery vibe, but instead you’ll feel like strolling in beautiful folly.

For cutscenes, they use the comic instead of animation. But it still gives us the depth of story and fun to follow.

Unfortunately, Dead Man’s Folly is less favorite of mine. Perhaps because I play it after I play lots of HOPA so it’s kinda awkward for me to just stay in cluttered items for 20 minutes. Guess I will play it again just for the story.

 

Developer        : I-Play

Release Date   : 2009

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{GAMES} Rite Passage: Child of the Forest

The town of Willow Ridge has long lived under the everlasting night of the Dark Forest, protected only by the Great Lighthouse, which keeps the nightmarish trees at bay. Your husband Alan has been haunted by dreams of a ghostly woman becoming him, believing she has the answers to saving the town. As he goes to investigate, the lighthouse erupts into fire. Was it sabotaged from inside the town or a darker force? Your search for answers will uncover the history of your town and the Forest Rite that has been tradition for countless generations.

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First question: Is that the same traveler from the first game?

Despite my silly question, I was fully impressed by improvement they made in this game. The visual are much better than the previous game. Each scene dominated with purple shade, which I’m still curious why everytime I play Mad Head’s games I always see purple. The HOS has more variations, from standard (finding the item in the pile of unrelated stuff) to fragmented pieces (favorite HO ever!). Overall, this game is more interactive than before.

The story in Rite Passage: Child of the Forest is dark and sad. I feel sad watching the cutscenes that showing how curse caused by anger and sadness. The bonus chapter show us the real ending of the game by helping the child overcome his fear.

In the past, I would avoid any horror type of game, but Rite Passage is giving different horror vibe. The horror that they give is more thrilling, deep but also heartwarming with beautiful story. It’s the only game that will not give me heart attack.

After this game, I’m sure I’ll happily pick another Rite Passage. As long as it has great story, I will play it with happy feeling ^^

Developer       : Mad Head Games

Release Date  : 2013

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{GAMES} Grim Legends: Song of the Dark Swan

Your healing skills are world-renowned, and you are summoned to the Kingdom of Eagles to cure a young queen who cannot speak. Just after your arrival, the infant prince is kidnapped, and the queen is accused of dark magic, sentenced to death. Use your herbalism skills to solve puzzles and track down the real culprit. Not everything is as it seems and even the young queen has a dark secret of her own.

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Judging from the cutscene, the knitted shirt and the dead bodies, the story was inspired from The Seven Swans. I almost not noticed it until I saw the drawing of the Queen and seven swans. I felt dejavu, I felt like I ever read it somewhere. I asked my sister and she confirmed it that we were read the tale of seven swan when we were kid. Wow, that was long time ago, but I still able to remember it.

Unlike Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride, the graphic style in Grim Legends: Song of the Dark Swan are more cartoon-like, vibrant and colorful. But not with the voice over. I found Spirit’s voice are so annoying. I even didn’t wanted to continue the bonus chapter because of it. But the other sound are forgivable.

Just like Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride, we also got a helper and it changing after we move to the next few locations. But, as much as I admire how innovative it is, I prefer only one helper. Really…..the last helper, which is Spirit, got me headache.

Surprisingly, Grim Legends: Song of the Dark Swan are shorter than its predecessor. The gameplay is straightforward with easy tasks and not so difficult puzzle. The HOS is also well-built and entertaining enough to keep me move forward to the end of main chapter.

Grim Legends: Song of the Dark Swan may less dark than the first game, but as fantasy game, it’s awesome and fun.

Developer       : Artifex Mundi & Grey Wizard Innovative

Release Date  : September 2014

 

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{GAMES} The Secret Order: New Horizon

Sarah Pennington lives in a metropolis ruled by a corrupt government. When an assassin attempts to kill her she is saved by her nephew who claims to be from the future! Now, Sarah must follow in her father’s footsteps and return Sunward City to its once prosperous state.

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What is feel like get a visit from future?

Sarah has no idea when someone attacked her and another man save her. She has no choice but trust a man who claim to be her future nephew.

The main theme of this game is time travel, but the only time travelling Sarah do is when she travel back to several years before her father death. The plot is fresh and interesting to follow, although it lacks voice over. That’s not problem because most of time we’re alone. The problem is player will get clueless during the game because the map is not really helpful. You have to check one area several times, in case you missing something. Another problem is hint button. When the map isn’t being helpful, our only option is hint, but what happen when the hint is also useless? It didn’t give you specific details where you have to find the item, instead you’ll directed to different area.

The HOS and puzzle are fine. It’s pretty easy to understand. The music is also nice while the graphic seems realistic, creating the thrilling atmosphere.

The Secret Order: New Horizon is first game of Sarah Pennington’s journey. You might feel frustated with the game system, but be patient because more The Secret Order are waiting to be played.

 

Developer        : Sunward Games

Release Date   : 2011

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{JOURNAL} New Blog: Diary of Brunette

It was almost end of September when I thought to continue writing in my old blog. I was confused, should I continue it with English or Indonesia? I feel anxious whenever I wanna write in Indonesia language. Feels like someone will haunt me if I choose the wrong word. Strange, I feel much safer writing in English. Don’t know why cause I still can’t find the answer.

Several hours after work, I finally come up with decision. I’ll create another blog. I want a fresh start.

Please welcome, the journal of MissAmelie, where you can find the other side of me:

Diary of Brunette

Why brunette? Because my hair is brunette.

Why diary? Because it contains a bits of my life. Yep, just a bits. There’s couple things I want to keep private, such as my relationship.

In Diary of Brunette, you’ll find the journal of fresh graduate who just start a job and learns the adulthood life. I post every Sunday at 8 PM West Indonesia Time. Hopefully you will love to going through with me exploring the new start as adult.

If you visit my other blog, please leave comment so we can talk! ^^

 

Thankyou and have a nice day ^^)/