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Review of Casebook: Episode II - The Watcher by guildenstern

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Rating by guildenstern posted on Jun 9, 2013 | edit | delete

Slightly worse than the first episode

I actually thought this was a bit worse than the first episode. Sure, there are some exciting aspects to the story, but it isn’t developed in enough detail to be really interesting. Many of the characters are largely irrelevant and you almost don’t learn anything about them. There are a few twists and turns leading to a cliffhanger ending. All in all it is an okay story, but the story in the first episode was better developed. In this episode it feels like the designers were trying to make the story more exciting by making some characters rather unique and creepy weirdos, but we are not given nearly enough background information about the characters for this to really work.

Like in the first episode gameplay consists of searching crime scenes for evidence and photographing it, then playing minigames to analyse the evidence and finally linking different piece of evidence to each other.There are a few new minigames but these aren’t any more challenging or otherwise interesting than the minigames in the first episode. The crime scene investigation itself is still mainly a matter of photographing everything you can see, and the only challenge lies in the fact that some objects are hidden and it take some searching to find them. There are not always any hints given to where to look for these objects which makes this searching only barely preferable to pixel hunting. The linking of evidence is probably the most interesting aspect of gameplay but it could have been improved by recording the information that you are given when you first analyse each object so that you don’t have to remember this. Although I suppose needing to take your own notes outside of the game is not all that inappropriate in a crime investigation game.

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Time Played: 5-10 hours

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