Parents' Guide to

Cate West and the Vanishing Files

By Alex Porter, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Find hidden and missing items in creepy crime scenes.

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Cate West is a mostly engrossing experience. Finding the stubborn object hidden in a messy room, an ever-so-slight variation between two images, or picking out the suspect given limited info can be lots of fun. The ominous music and dark environments supply an eeire tone, as well. And there is no shortage of gameplay, with 15 "chapters" that take you through a case from crime scene to trial verdict.

Some players, however, may not see this game through to the final mission. Each chapter follows the same five-stage sequence that can get a bit too repetitive. Though there are dozens of backgrounds to keep the locations fresh, clicking around on a static page might not be enough to engage gamers seeking more action and movement.

Game Details

  • Platforms: Nintendo Wii , Nintendo DS
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Destineer
  • Release date: March 25, 2009
  • Genre: Adventure
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Tobacco Reference, Violent References
  • Last updated: November 5, 2015

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