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Silent Streets The Mocking Bird's Last Dive

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Engaging interactive murder mystery in Victorian England.

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While this interactive murder mystery is engaging, it's sometimes slightly undermined by flawed technical mechanics. In Silent Streets: The Mockingbird's Last Dive, you have to investigate the disappearance of a woman's husband in 1866. To do so, you have to choose what to say and how to say it, examine certain scenes for clues, and ask a lot of questions. But while this makes for an engaging mystery in the vein of Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie, this doesn't always work right if you play it on your iPad instead of your iPhone. For instance, when you want your character to walk somewhere, you can take a cab (which often requires you to play a simple mini-game), you can wait (which often takes a long time), or you can walk in real life. The problem being that your iPad doesn't do a good job of registering your steps, while waiting can take a while, and neither is all that fun. But if you're okay with the slow pace, and you're okay playing a text-heavy game on the small screen of your iPhone, you'll have a lot to think about as you try to solve Silent Streets: The Mockingbird's Last Dive.

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