Murder Detective: iPhone Written App Review
Get ready for a murder mystery, choose-your-own-adventure style story. The Murder Detective game from Tournay Software is part eBook, part super sleuth graphic novel. If you’re ready to call the shots and think you have what it takes to solve a mysterious murder, you’ll love our iPhone app review of Murder Detective.
Concept & Gameplay:
In Murder Detective you’ll play the part of Detective Phil McDermott, who, along with his partner Dave Stanton, is on the case to solve a young woman’s mysterious death. These two are a bit like a grown up version of the Hardy Boys, only one has a drinking problem and healthy amount of female drama. That being said, the Murder Detective game is not suggested for young children, due to some mild violence, alcohol consumption and narcotic themes.
The game is broken up into chapters. For the most part your job is to follow the story, and, occasionally, you’ll get a chance to decide which action our dynamic duo takes. Will you play good cop or bad cop? Do you take the shot or dive for cover? All these choices mold the fabric of the game and could lead to solving the murder, or meeting a sinister end.
Along the way you’ll also take short quizzes to see if you’ve been paying attention to the story. The better you do on the quizzes the higher your detective score will be at the end of the game, so there’s a bit of a challenge in that. It’s almost hard to call Murder Detective a game. It’s really much more of an eBook with CYOA action and a few extras. It’s still really cool. We haven’t seen anything quite like this before, think the story line is great and have many fond memories of CYOA books, so it’s definitely a keeper.
Layout & Design:
The graphics in Murder Detective are solid, cartoon-style work, mixed in with a few more advanced facial renderings. Navigating the app is really very easy, a single touch is all it takes to move the game along, but be careful. That also means it’s very easy to touch the screen before you’re done reading a scene, and there is not an option to go back a page, though you can repeat chapters at the end of each section’s quiz.
We also like the app’s soundtrack, even though it is a bit repetitive. The tune sounds exactly like a CSI intro track, adding to the murder mystery mood of the app.
Murder Detective is a darn good story, and we love the CYOA fun, though we could do without the quizzes. This app is fun, and truly universal so it looks great on the iPad and the iPhone. It’s a good deal at $2.99, especially considering the variety of ways you can play each chapter. We hope more apps and interesting stories start coming out like this, and that Murder Detective gets a page back option in the near future.
Murder Detective iPhone app requires iOS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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