Blue Toad Murder Files successfully riffs on Sunday evening crime dramas. Y%26rsquo;know %26ndash; the ones described as gentle, despite exposing the grim, murderous underbelly of quaint old Britain. The game itself is a multiplayer take on the Professor Layton formula, with the increasingly difficult puzzles strung together by great animation and even better voice work.
It%26rsquo;s frequently amusing, sporadically taxing and surprisingly competitive stuff. It%26rsquo;s not perfect, mind. The solution to each mystery often hangs on a snippet of throwaway dialogue, meaning it won%26rsquo;t take a Marple to make an arrest. Also, the uneven difficulty can saddle one player with the lion%26rsquo;s share of stumpers and there%26rsquo;s little reason to replay episodes.
Dec 17, 2009