A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
In the game, murderers are bad and so are some suspects. Detectives are the good guys.
Violence & Scariness
You only see the results of violence in dead bodies. But there is some blood you analyze. Nothing gross or shocking.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The mystery discusses some sexual themes involved in the investigation, but no more than you'd see on CSI, probably less.
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Products & Purchases
You're forced to download a link to I-play casual games. Nothing in the game, though.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Small mentions of booze and smoking. Sometimes a character smokes. All presented as screenshots, no animations of smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is best selling novelist James Patterson's first foray into video games. This murder mystery adventure has a fine plot, but it does feature a world of violence, death, and killing. There are mentions of booze and sometimes a character smokes. While solving the mystery, some sexual themes are discussed.
Is It Any Good?
The downside to the game is that you're pretty much doing the same thing over and over again. Finding items in pictures gets a little tedious after a while. Likewise in the investigative lab, you're forever mixing chemicals from bottles to analyze substances like blood. You have to arrange the bottles in a certain order to begin your analysis. It's just too much of the same, over and over again. And the music, though both placid and slightly menacing, is awfully repetitive, too.
Thankfully, the game is broken up by a fairly taut murder mystery that slowly unravels, and by puzzles. One of these asks you to corner someone you want to interview in the middle of a garden maze, a nice touch of variety. While there is some violence, tobacco and alcohol in the game, it's of the very mild variety, added more to round out the plot and characters than to shock. When you find a dead body, for instance, even if there's something branded in the body, there's no gross amount of oozing blood. Finally, a plus of the game is the inclusion of a Patterson novella and a sneak peak at the author's next novel in the game package.
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