A hidden object mystery that will immerse casual players into the thrilling exploits of famous mystery novelist Richard Castle and Detective Kate Beckett.
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Mixed (104 reviews) - 65% of the 104 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 9, 2013

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Includes 8 items: Alex Hunter - Lord of the Mind Platinum Edition, Brink of Consciousness: Dorian Gray Syndrome Collector's Edition, Castle: Never Judge a Book by its Cover, House of 1,000 Doors: Family Secrets Collector's Edition, House of 1000 Doors: The Palm of Zoroaster Collector's Edition, Nearwood - Collector's Edition, Shadows: Price For Our Sins Bonus Edition, Small Town Terrors Pilgrim's Hook Collector's Edition



“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.

  • 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

Mac OS X
    • 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
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX® compatible sound card
    • OS: Macintosh® OS X 10.6 – 10.9
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ Duo processor 1.0GHz or faster
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 64MB VRAM
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: The supported language for Castle on MAC OS X is only English.
Helpful customer reviews
10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 2
I'm a fan of Castle and the dynamic between Beckett and Castle. So, when I saw the game on Steam, I've bought it. I've done two playthroughs: one in 2014 and another one yesterday, just because I needed to refresh my memory for finally writing a review about the game.

There is a serial killer that is recreating scenes from classic books. Castle and Beckett are on the case, along with Esposito, Ryan and Lanie while Gates is supervising everyone while Alexis and Martha are kinda behind... As you understand, this game is set during season 4, after Montgomery's death but before... well, as they're canon, the Caskett moment, the kiss at the end. Besides, it's the world of the edition that is targeted, hence the title Never Judge a Book by its Cover.

While the story could be converted into an episode, the gameplay is the standard one: list of items and puzzles. And while the hidden scenes are easy, the puzzles are really a brain wrecker. They're hard, except for a few. I must admit that it's one of the most difficult games that I had to play and where I skipped a lot.

Despite that, everything from the show is respected: the whiteboard with suspects, victims and clues, Castle's books or pictures, even some other references are in the hidden object scenes: the laser tag game, the writer's vest, the 3XK reference, the coffee.... And while the graphics are classic, they're respectful of the actors: you recognize easily the characters, it's always nice to see a well-represented Stana Katic as she's portraying my favorite character. My only little downside is the French translation. Indeed, you for us can be the you familiar (tu) or the formal you (vous). Castle and Beckett never used the you familiar in the French translation in the show, so, I was kinda expecting "vous" but I've seen some "tu" slipped. Besides, I agree that it would have been more logical to have a "tu" as Castle and Beckett considers themselves as best friends at this point but I don't know why officially, they've sticked to "vous".

Anyway, enough with my whining about language, I'm just sad that the original soundtrack from Castle isn't there. But well, the one in the game is still enjoyable.

Is Castle: Never Judge a Book by its Cover worthy? If you're a fan of the show, yes. If you're an hardcore gamer for casual gaming, yes. If you're a newbie, check Artifex Mundi's titles, they're easier in terms of puzzles, because Castle will probably give you a cold shower. At this price, it's perhaps a little too much.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2015
Nice hidden-object/puzzle game related to the TV series.

+ Quite interesting and mysterious detective story.
+ Atmospheric sounds.
+ Dozens of scenes to visit.
+ Good variety of puzzles - I really liked the ones in the lab, although they could be quite more intriguing - and a lot of h/o scenes.

+/- Some inside jokes, though I didn't quite catch them, since I haven't seen the series, but they could be a nice addition to whoever has watched it already.

- No voice-overs, poor animation.
- The way you acquire some items is kind of weird and idiotic. For example, who would take (or steal to be exact) items from a hospital in order to use them in places they haven't even visited yet?
- Quite short - it took me about 4 hours to finish.

I think that, if you find it in a discount, it's a good game to try if you like h/o games and even more if you have seen the series in the past.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2015
I recommend buying it when it's on a big sale.

+ large variety of puzzles including creative and logical adventure game -style puzzles
+ very similar to the series - atmosphere, setting, dialogue
+ many areas to explore
+ interaction with lab equipment

- Short = 5h total gameplay
- No "hint" option in puzzles only "skip" (apart from hidden object puzzles)
- No original voice actors
- Very poor animations
*Spoiler alert* - Some puzzles are silly - extinguishing fire with cold soda that you have to purhase or visiting someone in a hospital and stealing equipment for no apparent reason
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
I love the show Castle, but the writers of this game understood none of its wit and humour. The puzzles were infantile with no brainpower needed to solve anything. It basically just required you to click around and pick up anythign over which the cursor changed and hope for the best. The worst part is that the rare difficult puzzles didn't have a hint option. You could either keep struggling or skip them entirely.

What a disappointment.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
I like hidden games and I don't mind if the story doesn't thrill me, but this one bored me. So much so that I'm not even paying attention, just clicking thigs to get them off my screen. I'm not mad I have it, it was purchased in a big sale pack of items, but I wouldn't pay for this by itself. There isn't any voice acting. If you like CSI shows try it, if not.. skip it.
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