In Detective Case and the Clown Bot: Murder at Hotel Lisbon, by Nerd Monkey, you take on the role of Detective Case, and soon after the start of the game Clown Bot. In this game you are approached by an old police colleague that seems to have quite the mystery on his hands. Apparently a man has committed suicide by stabbing himself in the back 14 times. Now of course he wants a second opinion on this situation, but I think its pretty clear that something fishy is going on.
Graphically this game is a throwback type of game, it kind of feels like it could easily be on a handheld device, but as I'm reviewing it for the PC, you can see the pixels, and the datedness of the game. Not that that is a bad thing when it comes to the theme and subject matter of the game. I think the style used in the game definitely fits, and the over exaggerating characters are perfect for the type of game this turned out to be. Even with the limited graphical look the majority of the items that you need to pick up in the game are easy to spot, or if they are not by hovering your cursor over objects it becomes very plain if the object is meant to be interacted with.
The music of the game kind of gave me an old school fake French cartoon vibe. You know the one with the skunk, Pepe Le Pew. There is no voice work in this game, but that continues to fit the theme and style that the developers were going for.
The controls are really straightforward, you are going to be using the mouse, and the left mouse button. Sometimes when you select an object or a character you will be given several options of actions you can take, but you will always be using the left mouse button. I do want to warn those out there with dual monitors if you are clicking near the edge of the game you might cause the game to minimize.
Alright so you are this detective, who apparently once upon a time was a great detective, but cigarettes and booze has done him in. If it wasn't for his friend who has risen up the ranks in the police department, he would have never gotten the chance to show everyone that he's still got what it takes to get to the bottom of a mystery. You are going to basically interact with six different buildings in the game, but there is always a need to return to them to seek out more clues or pump someone for more information. It was actually surprising that even in this little town there was so much to do. Sure there was a ton of backtracking in the game, but the taxi cab that can show up ANYWHERE to pick you up makes life a little bit more enjoyable.
There are definitely points in the game where I was totally lost and had to resort to returning to almost every location and click on everything I could think of to get that one item that I was missing, but in the end the story was good, the characters' reactions during interrogation were entertaining, and I think that I would definitely be up for another chapter involving Detective Case and Clown Bot. Oh that reminds me, probably the one glitch about the game is that the exe file is named CaseBot, which triggered my anti-virus a couple of times and caused the game to stop working upon loading.
All that being said you are looking at a game that is about 3 and a half hours long, and it probably is a bit shorter of a game, but I feel like I got enough of a game that, like I said before, I would definitely want to check out another game by this group, featuring at least the Detective and Clown Bot. So to get to the point, this game gets an 8.4 out of 10.