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Blue Toad Murder Files: The Mysteries of Little Riddle review

Episodic gameplay that's ideal for casual multiplayer sessions

For

  • Frequently amusing
  • Great animation
  • Awesome voice work

Against

  • Sporadically taxing
  • Solutions are sometimes dumb
  • Little reason to replay episodes

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

More Info

GenrePuzzle
Description<p>This episodic murder-mystery game,&#160;exclusive to PSN, has&#160;gameplay that&#8217;s ideal for casual multiplayer sessions.</p>
PlatformPS3
US censor rating
UK censor rating7+
Release date: (US), 17 December 2009 (UK)
Available platforms:PS3
Genre:Puzzle
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