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James Patterson Women's Murder Club: Death in Scarlet

By Harold Goldberg, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Compelling story diminished by repetitive play.

Game Windows , Mac 2008
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age 17+

Based on 1 parent review

age 17+

Wonderful book!

The book was great, but there is a lot of sensitive sexual topics in the book that may be to mature for a younger audience. Otherwise an AMAZING book!

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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.

Game Details

  • Platforms: Windows , Mac
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Elephant Entertainment
  • Release date: August 29, 2008
  • Genre: Adventure
  • ESRB rating: T for Alcohol Reference, Mild Blood, Mild Sexual Themes, Mild Violence, Use of Tobacco
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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