What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that James Noir's Hollywood Crimes is a puzzle-solving game wrapped around a whodunit mystery. The game has occasional rough language and features some mild of violence, such as a body hanging from a noose and a character getting knocked out, but it is no more violent than a movie from the 1960s. The focus is on solving brainteasers, not action.
What's it about?
As a contestant on the 1960s television game show "The Incredible Puzzle Masters," you compete to solve a series of brainteasers to win a "trip around the world". After filming each episode, though, you are asked to assist police as they explore a series of murders to previous winners of the show. At each crime scene is a series of puzzle clues you'll be asked to figure out.
Is it any good?
JAMES NOIR'S HOLLYWOOD CRIMES isn't a great game, per se, but it's one that has that magical quality of wanting to play just one more round. The puzzles are intriguing and the game show motif it uses (along with lots of audio and Max Headroom-like animations) is oddly captivating. The story itself isn't especially interesting, though -- and even with the threats you'll face, there's not a real sense of urgency to the game. The juxtaposition of leisurely puzzle-solving and catching a serial killer is an awkward concept that never quite gels.