Murder Detective 2 iPhone Game Review: Hidden Object Whodunit
Detectives Phil McDermott and Stephanie Rogers are assigned to try to solve the death of a man at Lynton Church. Along the way, there are numerous mini-puzzles and “find the object” tasks to be completed.
While there are numerous high-quality cinematic cutscenes that enhance the gameplay, the hidden object portions of the game are distressingly low-res. The graphic quality is low, and some quests don’t allow you to zoom in on the hidden object area.
This combination of graphics issues is really problematic, because some smaller items are nearly impossible to locate! In a hidden object game, the “find the item” sections really do need to have high quality renderings in order to keep players happy.
That being said, part of what makes a hidden object game great is the story. You need a compelling reason (or at least a logical reason) to be searching for objects. Hunting for evidence (or just fumbling around to find your shoes before hitting the bricks) is a reasonable reason for this game to include hidden object sections.
One thing that is kind of annoying is the fact that the game doesn’t always resume where you left off. I finished a puzzle, put the phone down, and came back to the game a few hours later. Imagine my dismay: I was sent back to the previous puzzle, and had to complete it all over again.
Murder Detective 2 is just okay. At times, it’s quite enjoyable…but other times, it’s infuriating and frustrating. With refreshed graphics and zoom-enabled controls on all hidden object challenges, this iPhone game could be vastly improved.
Murder Detective 2 is compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.