Sam here! If you haven’t already guessed, Indie Invasion is a segment of Nasty Woman Gaming where one member briefly talks about an indie game title they played and either pans it or recommends it.
This week, I’m handling Indie Invasion. And I’m talking about a game that I played fairly recently: Agatha Christie: The ABC Murders.
What is Agatha Christie: The ABC Murders?
As the title states, this game is a detective game based off of the famous Agatha Christie novel. It was developed by Artefacts Studio and published by Microids. The player controls Hercule Poirot, Christie’s answer to Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, as they try to solve a slew of murders that are somehow connected. It is a point-and-click style adventure game, so there really isn’t any combat in the game itself. The player solves puzzles, thoroughly inspects crime scenes, and uses their knowledge and wit to convince characters to confess their secret connections to murder victims.
Who Can Play It?
The game is playable and purchasable PC, PS4 and XBOX One. I highly suggest purchasing it on steam or pc if you; that is the lowest price I’ve seen it for at $14.99. It’s even cheaper on Amazon; a little under $10.
What’s So Great About This Game?
If you’re into detective style games, then you’ll definitely want to pick up this one. Though, fair warning, this game is based off a novel; if you’ve already read Agatha Christie’s The A.B.C Murders, then you’ll have to just find enjoyment from the game’s puzzles and dialogue challenges. I recommend going into the game having no knowledge of the novel; I’ve never read Christie before, and I really enjoyed the game because of that.
The player is in control of Hercule Poirot the entire time, and they have the option to really shape his character. He can be rude and callous, or kind and witty. This is a satisfaction the novels certainly cannot give you. Hastings and Japp, some of Christie’s other Poirot series characters also appear in the game, so Christie fans can also delight in seeing the characters animated with voices. The game itself is simple but gripping, so fans of Sherlock or other such detective experiences will definitely enjoy this game.
What’s Not So Great About this Game?
Unfortunately, if you’re not interested in the story itself, this game doesn’t have much to offer you. Some of the puzzles in the game provide a decent challenge, but they don’t show up enough to be a decent selling point. Yet again, the dialogue challenges are only interesting if you really want to find out more about the murder case. Or you just like to win dialogue challenges?
Another unfortunate thing about this game is it gets a bit predictable towards the middle, and you find yourself unwilling to play since you already know what happens. Luckily, if you push through, there is a fun twist at the end which made me glad I decided to keep going with the game to discover the end. Though if you’re playing having read the novel, there is no surprise twist and you just might want to quit playing this game.
The game itself met with slightly mixed reviews, and it’s easy to see why. Agatha Christie: The ABC Murders isn’t the type of game you can only sort of like. You’ll either love the story and the opportunity to feel like a detective vicariously through Hercule Poirot, or you’ll be bored the entire time with some puzzles you find to simple, characters you hate or a story you might already know. I myself love this game because I fit into the former category, so I have a lot of great things to say about it.
So I honestly recommend this game only for those who really enjoy detective point-and-clicks or for hardcore Agatha Christie fans who just want to pretend to be Hercule Poirot. Players who want a complex game but not a complex story will not enjoy themselves. And even though I did like this game, I do not think it worth the $20 price tag on PS4 or the $25 price tag for XBOX One.
That’s all for this round of Indie Invasion! Look forward to more discussion of indie titles as well as other great segments the rest of this week. Thanks for supporting NWG!