Gameplay-wise, I wouldn’t exactly call Murder by Numbers a half-half genre crossover. There’s a bit of showing the right evidence to the right person and picking the right conclusion sometimes, but those have no penalty for failure and every other puzzle is picross.
The story on the other hand is far more than a forgettable casual affair. The individual cases don’t have a lot of twists, but the writing is engaging and there’s a real depth to the characters and the overarching plot.
The puzzles are also well-designed and the interface is a delight (at least on the Switch), to the point that the bonus puzzles can keep you coming back for more as much as the story does. Hardcore enthusiasts may be slightly disappointed that the size doesn’t go beyond 15x15, but besides that they have a good difficulty that ramps up over the course of a case and to some extent between cases.
Rounding things out are some great music and visual designs. If you’re not averse to pure puzzle games, definitely pick this one up.
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Time Played: 10-20 hours
Difficulty: Just Right