A hidden object mystery that will immerse casual players into the thrilling exploits of famous mystery novelist Richard Castle and Detective Kate Beckett.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (35 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 9, 2013
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June 24

Castle : Never Judge a Book by its Cover on Mac

Dear Players,

We have added a disclaimer on the Steam Store for this product that the only language supported on the Mac at this point is in English. Our PC version however supports multiple languages. At this time there are no plans that I am aware of to support additional languages on the Mac. I will update everyone when this changes though. Thank you in the mean time for understanding and thank you for supporting Encore / Viva Media products.

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Reviews

“Incredibly interesting who-dun-it storyline. Character artwork is nicely done. Lots of puzzle variety.”
4/5 – Gamezebo

About This Game

Castle: Never Judge a Book by its Cover is an investigative adventure game that will immerse casual players into the thrilling exploits of famous mystery novelist Richard Castle and Detective Kate Beckett. Over the span of five chapters the player will be tasked with finding evidence, tracking down suspects, and uncovering the truth behind the copycat killer responsible for staging murder scenes depicted in his novels.



Features
  • Interact with actual characters from the TV show.
  • First-rate visuals, dynamic sounds and immersive gameplay.
  • Adventure style navigation and interaction.
  • Persistent inventory with collectable items and usage puzzles.
  • 15 unique hidden object scenes and 15 unique puzzles.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows® XP, Windows Vista®, Windows® 7, Windows® 8
    • Processor: Intel® Pentium® processor (or equivalent AMD processor) 500MHz or faster
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX® compatible 16-bit video card with 16MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0a
    • Hard Drive: 400 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX® compatible sound card
    Minimum:
    • OS: Macintosh® OS X 10.6 – 10.9
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ Duo processor 1.0GHz or faster
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 64MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 400 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: The supported language for Castle on MAC OS X is only English.
Helpful customer reviews
12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
While it's an hidden object game, it plays more like the classic P&C adventures, with a lot of backtracking between the scenes and weird logics that one should follow in order to unlock the puzzles. Story is well written, animation is decent. The only thing lacking in quality is music, but that is easily solved by opening this page in your browser http://www.listenonrepeat.com/watch/?v=OdVawImj_oE in the background. All in all, it's just like a good episode of Castle, with Rick proclaiming "I've got it!" just after you realize who the killer actually is.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Bought during the sale and I am glad I did. As a big fan of the show, this kept me entertained (and frustrated in a few spots) for many hours. The story was engaging and I liked the style. The only things that bothered me are that, like a lot of seek and find type games, it can get a bit repetative and some of the puzzles were mind-numbingly hard. Otherwise a fun game and worth buying if you like the game style.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Hidden object + some adventure elements. This one is a mystery story. Entertaining game. No unlimited hidden object mode or bonus chapters. Puzzles are similar to those in other hidden object hybrid games.

One small gripe is that if you are trying to read some text, like a journal, it automatically goes away after a few seconds as it considers it timed out. You can reopen it but may need to do this a couple times for lengthier texts.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
Castle is this crime drama TV show on ABC that's been running for several seasons. It follows mystery novelist turned investigator Richard Castle and homicide detective Kate Beckett.
Apparently it's pretty popular and has won many awards.

I've never seen it. I can't even remember the last time I watched network television. Nowadays I just netflix everything.
It's kinda weird that I decided to play through this game then. This feeling of weirdness isn't helped by just how bleah the direction of this game is. Licensed games are a crapshoot. Usually they're trash or have little to do with whatever it is they're licensing. NJABBIC is the latter.

Like I said earlier, I've never seen the TV show, but I'm going to assume that it has capable writers that help bring the characters to life. Everyone in this game has cookie-cutter dialogue, most of the jokes are stuff you've read/heard too many times, and there's just no personality. Even the sub-title of this game makes me feel a little ill. Never Judge a Book by its Cover? Oh... Castle is a novelist..so books..covers..There is a mystery and...BARF.

Aesthetically, the game isn't much better. The technology is available, but I think more effort was spent on having the characters only slightly resemble their real-life counterparts. Also no matter the situation, everyone has the same facial expression. People are getting murdered and all of the characters have this perpetual smirk. "Look at me! I'm so smug! I'm solving a murder mystery!" The TV show is apparently really good, but this game gives a really bad impression. To be fair the mystery itself is actually pretty decent. It could be the plot for a solid two-parter.

This is probably my first foray into the hidden-object/puzzle genre. This resulted in even more weird feelings than originally thought possible. In the very beginning of the game, Castle has to collect some stuff from his den. I walk in and it is the biggest mess imaginable. He's got gloves, shoes, watches, belts, horses, cats, dogs, fruit, vegetables, and all sorts of other crap just lying around. I go somewhere else and it's the same damn thing. Apparently that's normal for the genre? Wow. It's pretty entertaining finding all the hidden stuff, but the massive leaps in logic is...normal for the adventure games I grew up with.

This game is a master-class in "adventure game logic". Everything you pick up is used once and then discarded, even if it could be useful in the future (like a screwdriver). Instead Castle will find another object that achieves similar results. Some of these puzzles are laughable in their absurdity, like everyday houses having strange locks that require intricate jewelry or random objects. This is some Resident Evil-level ridiculousness. If you ever stop to think about what you're doing in this game, your head is liable to explode.

SPOILERS
At one point you have to get some tongs that have fallen in a hot grill.
-Don't ask how the tongs got under the grates.
-You have to cool off the grill to get the tongs.
-This grill is located on a porch, but you can't use a water hose.
-You have to buy a soda from a machine located in a storage facility.
-Castle is a successful author who lives in a loft in New York City. His rent must be over $10,000 a month. He doesn't have $2 to buy a soda.
-He has to solve puzzles to find $2.
-WHAT THE ♥♥♥♥?

Thankfully, there aren't any ways to totally screw yourself. In other words, there is nothing you can do that would result in an un-winnable game. If you get truly stuck you can access a handy skip button.

Finally there are the logic puzzles. No hidden objects, no finding things to open other things, it's just you and a puzzle. The puzzles in this game are all pretty good, although a couple of them (wires) it's much faster just to solve via process of elimination.

That's the extent of the game really. If you're a fan of the show, don't expect to enjoy this game more than a non-fan. It's possible you might even enjoy it a little less, just because of how poorly-written the characters are. Still, if you happened to acquire this game via a bundle and have a couple afternoons to kill, it's not bad at all.
Now I'm tempted to go through my Steam library and see if I own any other Hidden Object/Puzzle games.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
This game went awfully quickly. It is just a point and click puzzle game attached to the Castle name to sell. The Room, Two, is by far a better choice for cheaper, and is the same thing, but way better.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
I'm not really a point and click adventure kind of gamer, and I'm not really that into the find the item type games - but fortunately this game goes a little bit further and you do have to do a little thinking. It's not as brain taxing as I'd like, but then neither is Castle ;-)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
For what it is, it kept me engaged during all of the gameplay. There are a few puzzles that are frustratingly random (there's no logic to their solutions, it's all trial and error), but the option to skip these puzzles was really nice. The atmosphere reminded me a lot of the silliness of the show, and it was just an easy, simple game to play.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
This game went down way too fast and I purposely played through this slowly. I like hidden object games and this one did not dissapoint. Some of the puzzles were bizzare but the story made up for it. I have only watched enough of the show to know Castle is not a cop but a writer and the game was still good casual fun. Get it on sale and enjoy it for what it is. I'd love to see a new chapter to download or new story arc that would be nice.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
I'm on the fence about whether to recommend this game, or not. (i.e. Yes, with caveats)

Playing this game with no awareness previously that there even was a TV show called Castle probably meant that I missed a lot of the inside jokes/character interplay. On the other hand, the game was constantly offering to skip dialogue so maybe the game designers didn't consider it to be of high value either.

In general, this is a Hidden Objects game. It's dead center in the middle of the genre, playing a lot like a PC Adventure game but with a lot more backtracking and one shot objects to solve specific situations. It was OK as a Hidden Object game. (Lots of chaotic jumbled scenes, very few AHA! moments when I suddenly recognized new patterns.) The puzzles were either fairly simple/straightforward, or extremely tedius where a monkey could solve them, given sufficient persistance and ability to randomly click. Luckily there was the SKIP/Hint feature in the tedious cases.

The overall plot was very interesting; but the game had some specific irritant gotchas (for me at least), such as allowing us to use a potentially contaminated Q-tip swap from a crime scene as part of DNA lap work for a different piece of evidence. There were several instances where it felt like they were trying to play with the lab equipment, but it didn't really add to the overall plot. (Possibly a reference from the TV show I'm unaware of.) I really enjoyed the Literatured Themed Murders (Hard Back Killer), but very quickly all the details blurred together and I didn't see how the selected quotes, etc. really added much. (As demonstrated when they summarized them out of existence on the Evidence board.)

Final Score: 3/5 Stars.

I would definitely recommend other Hidden Object games ahead of this one. It felt like this was a product bundle with a known franchise with an OK game. Don't buy this one for $10.

P.S. I did enjoy the fact that you could view your Hidden Objects search list by both English name, and by visual Silhouette. (I rarely used this feature, but this is the first gave where I've seen it.)
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
Very good storyline, and great puzzles. very short however, completed in less then 3 hours
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
I adore this show, so I bought this game. It's great game with great puzzles (but some of them are hard). I really like it. But I'm sad/ disappointed because it's to short. :D
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27 of 30 people (90%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
Make no mistake. This is a hidden picture game. If those are your cup of tea and you love Castle, then this game is for you. Great work on getting my interest in a genre that normally does not have it. Thanks a lot.

For those who are not familiar with the show, it features a novelist who teams up with the cops to solve murders as an inspiration for his novels. It is hard to resist his charm as Nathan Fillian oozes with it, even in his video game likeness, which the developers managed to capture quite well.
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22 of 22 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
I received the gift of Castle: Never Judge a Book by its Cover, from my husband a few days ago. (Thank you, Love.) I set to work playing it last night and into the early hours of today. I had a blast with it. For starters, I am a huge fan of the TV series, and have loved the Mystery & Classic genres as a whole for many years. So in this case, I got to have my cake and eat it too.

The game does a great job of capturing the essence of the show, from Castle and Kate's respective apartments, the Police Precinct, Morgue, and various other locations along the way, right down to the charming banter of all the cast of characters that we've come to know and love. The plot, storyline, and script are solid, and actually quite believable as the tale progresses and unfolds. The hidden objects are well placed, puzzles are well thought out, and if you get stuck at any point in time, there are helpful hints, skips, and maps to get you back on track.

If you have just randomly come upon this title, and don't know anything about the source material, fear not! I think there is enough well done mystery here to keep you intrigued.

The gameplay has NO BUGS that I could find, which is outstanding in and of itself! It also has very few faults, if you even want to call them faults... The music scores/themes are well done. However, they can get a bit distacting after awhile, especially when working on some of the harder puzzles. Simply turndown the volume controls if it seems off putting. The only thing that would have made the game an out of the world experience for me, would have been to have the stars lend their voices to their character counterparts. That being said, I have to congratulate the powers that be, for not giving us any vocals at all, if the original cast was unavailable or the cost to high....

Simply put this game is fun, intelligent and wrapped in a Castle ribbon.
Well done!
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
It wasn't till today i realized Castle had a game! I was really excited and decided to buy the game at the first chance i got. I was blown away by the characters and the story plot. It was such a twist! Really enjoyed it! Better than i expect it! Music may repeat itself from time to time entering a new cast but you can overcome that, So far best crime solving game ever! #CaskettAlways
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
I just finished this game and I've got to admit that it was a fun game.
The puzzle can be challenging but there is always a way to solve them.
The story was exactly as you would expect from an episode of the tv series.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
Love the show, game is brilliant. Hope to see some further crimes from the developers.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
Excellent family fun!
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2 of 7 people (29%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
Find useless objects: The Game
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5 of 20 people (25%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
I can only give this 3 stars. The story is OK and the finding items was good, but the puzzles were too difficult. There were too many puzzzle where you either did not know what to do or you knew what to do, but could not phycially do them. There were too many puzzle that were too odd.
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8.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 30
This game is a win.
Your essentially acting out an episode of Castle. Not challenging but story carries well.
All Castle/detective story Fans will love it.
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