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 (108 reviews) - 64% of the 108 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 9, 2013

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“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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: The supported language for Castle on MAC OS X is only English.
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Mixed (108 reviews)
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CrystalBooness
( 7.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
the graphics were average and the game it self a bit bland. Another case of my expectations being higher then the game itself.
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Ductos
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 10
As a huge fan of the TV show and knowing about this being a hidden objects game, I had high hopes.

Yet, I feel underwhelmed.

Its biggest flaw is the presentation. No music from the show's extensive score? At least they got the likenesses and the writing down, even if it's without voice work.

The riddles are ok, but the actual hidden object parts lack of variety. You'll quickly see how many items repeat themselves over the course of the game.

Get it at a discount. It's just way too short with a single case stretching over five chapters.
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iamtwentyonepilot
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
completed it super quick, although still nice, wouldnt pay full price though, i got it part of a bundle so worth it.
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4NG3R
( 6.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
Everything is just okeyish about this game....
recommended to buy on sales
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joanl
( 8.7 hrs on record )
Posted: February 10
no sooner started than it was over not enough hidden object items
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Vic=HKC=
( 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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sketch_zeppelin_ag
( 5.5 hrs on record )
Posted: January 26
Not for fans of Castle or Hidden Object games

I like the Hidden object genre when its done well. Castle, unfortantly falls short in almost every way.

First off there is no voice acting from the cast of the show, no voice acting at all in fact. The story is told through text conversations and the writting lacks any of the humor or charm of the show. You could replace the characters with any other tv crime drama (or just random cops) and it would be pretty much the same game. The only thing that comes off as a castle story is the Overly Bizzare case your trying to solve.

The art is alright. Characters are reconizable and everything looks nice enough. It gets the job done but nothing about the art stands out or pops like some of the better hidden object games out there.

The Item fetching is where i really get annoyed. I'm okay with having to track down a tool to get some item in an adventure game so long as its remotely plausable, but your part of a police inestigative team in this game. Don't tell me i Have to find the two halves of some sun seal to use on locked chest so i can get a screwdriver to unscrew a computer panel. Are you telling me the Police don't have a screw driver? This kind of logic works in a more fantastic setting but not in a contemporary crime drama setting and it just comes off as halariously dumb.

The puzzles are also annoying as sin. They feel shoe horned in and are themeatically out of place. Most are frustrating varients of the game Black Out (hit buttons until everything is lit up or facing the same way or removed) I usally enjoy the puzzles in Hidden Object games but i found myself skipping most of these.

The hidden object puzzles are handled a little better. Usally they pop up at a trashed crime scene or Castles apperently messy office. They fucntion alright but finding some of the objects can be an eye strain.

If they'd gotten Fillian and some of the other cast to do voice work and had a better script and better puzzles this could have been a great Castle game but as it stands its just a cheaply thrown together cash grab. Skip It.
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StoryTale
( 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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Saphyra
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: January 2
Do not play! No words!
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Fae
( 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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[GRMS] Ghostrider
( 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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moodyrose79
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: November 29, 2015
Fun & simple game. I love Castle- read all the books and watch the TV show- so buying this game was a no brainer for me. It was pretty simple but still lots of fun!
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Ɗʊىƙƒαℓℓ ✬
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: November 13, 2015
I recommend buying it when it's on a big sale.

Pros:
+ 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


Cons:
- 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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Tenchuu Khan
( 11.9 hrs on record )
Posted: November 6, 2015
This was pretty much a perfect hidden object game.

The hidden object puzzles themselves were reasonable and not too many of them. There were quite a lot actual puzzles in it and altogether it was a good mix.
Some of the puzzles were really hard though.

The storytelling was pretty good, except for the lack of voice acting.
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DaveLessnau
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: October 7, 2015
As a game, there's nothing really terribly wrong with "Castle: Never Judge a Book by its Cover." The graphics are a bit simplified, but clear and good. The Hidden Object Game (HOG) puzzles are nicely done, and I can't complain about the voice-acting since there IS no voice-acting (but, that's OK). At the game level, most of my complaints center around the non-HOG puzzles. Several of them are ridiculously complex, and one of them (the File Folder puzzle) wouldn't accept my perfectly good solution. My real complaint with the game lies with the "mystery" aspect. Basically, the mystery is ridiculous. By the second "incident," I had a darn good idea who the penultimate target was. When the red herring swam by, I saw it immediately and knew whodunnit. So, I spent most of the game rolling my eyes and groaning at how stupid it was. Still, I got 5.2 hours of acceptable gameplay out of it and its current list price is less than $4 (and I bought it in a bundle for about a dollar). So, I'm grudgingly giving it a Recommended rating.
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alsakari
( 7.8 hrs on record )
Posted: October 5, 2015
For that price is a bargain.Don't miss it.
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Ottagon
( 7.9 hrs on record )
Posted: September 21, 2015
Game is diverting enough but there's a bug near the end of the second chapter that prevents you from continuing. No fix after 2 years.
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TheNerdVoice
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: September 3, 2015
This game is INCREDIBLY short. My time played (just over 3 hours) includes the ENTIRE game. If you're a fan, you'll love it. If you're a "search & find" lover, you may enjoy this as well. Luckily, it was only $.99 when I bought it, so it's fine by me.
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sfnhltb
( 16.2 hrs on record )
Posted: August 31, 2015
This is a perfectly decent HOG, with a mix of mostly okay puzzles to spice things up. There are no bugs or issues I found, the hint system works correctly (as opposed to a couple of similar games I have played recently that just shuffles you forward and backward between two adjacent rooms in a few places leaving you to work it out or find a walkthrough), and the HOG scenes are reasonably naturalistic (no over-hiding of objects in unrealistic positions, or too many anachronistic/out of place items for the location). The storyline is fine and keeps things moving, but nothing too special (note I haven't got around to watching any of the TV series the game is based on, so I didn't get much benefit from the characters interactions, YMMV if you are a fan).

For me the biggest weakness of the game is the point and click sections in between the rest of the game - while it all works fine and is easy enough to play and you have the hint system if you get stuck on what to do next, most of the tasks you have to do are complete nonsense, illogical and immersion breaking - you will spend a lot of time solving puzzles and searching crime scenes not for clues, but for screwdrivers, fuses, batteries, hammers, oars (to form part of a jury-rigged ladder!), and most bizarrely there is an entire section where you solve puzzles, dig up plant beds and drain a washing machine in order to find $2 to buy a soda to cool down a BBQ to get a pair of tongs.

In a setting where you are trapped in a murderer's house, or in a tiny village miles from nowhere, or whatever, these sorts of scavenging tasks wouldn't feel out of place as you don't have any choice, but in a scenario where you are in the middle of a city and can travel about at will it make no sense that you spend 75%+ of the time while trying to track down an active murderer rummaging about for things you could buy from the local convenience store, or by having a toolbox in the back of your car. Joint worst for this goes to using a cotton swab found lying around at a previous crime scene in the crime lab (well no risk of contamination of the sample there!), and pulling the lever off the wall in the church which you later use to operate heavy machinery at a construction site.

If you can look past this though, the game plays well enough, so I would still recommend it if you like the HOG style of game, you just have to try to gloss over the why of most of what you are doing and go with it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
Everything is just okeyish about this game....
recommended to buy on sales
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 26
Not for fans of Castle or Hidden Object games

I like the Hidden object genre when its done well. Castle, unfortantly falls short in almost every way.

First off there is no voice acting from the cast of the show, no voice acting at all in fact. The story is told through text conversations and the writting lacks any of the humor or charm of the show. You could replace the characters with any other tv crime drama (or just random cops) and it would be pretty much the same game. The only thing that comes off as a castle story is the Overly Bizzare case your trying to solve.

The art is alright. Characters are reconizable and everything looks nice enough. It gets the job done but nothing about the art stands out or pops like some of the better hidden object games out there.

The Item fetching is where i really get annoyed. I'm okay with having to track down a tool to get some item in an adventure game so long as its remotely plausable, but your part of a police inestigative team in this game. Don't tell me i Have to find the two halves of some sun seal to use on locked chest so i can get a screwdriver to unscrew a computer panel. Are you telling me the Police don't have a screw driver? This kind of logic works in a more fantastic setting but not in a contemporary crime drama setting and it just comes off as halariously dumb.

The puzzles are also annoying as sin. They feel shoe horned in and are themeatically out of place. Most are frustrating varients of the game Black Out (hit buttons until everything is lit up or facing the same way or removed) I usally enjoy the puzzles in Hidden Object games but i found myself skipping most of these.

The hidden object puzzles are handled a little better. Usally they pop up at a trashed crime scene or Castles apperently messy office. They fucntion alright but finding some of the objects can be an eye strain.

If they'd gotten Fillian and some of the other cast to do voice work and had a better script and better puzzles this could have been a great Castle game but as it stands its just a cheaply thrown together cash grab. Skip It.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
no sooner started than it was over not enough hidden object items
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
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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31 of 33 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
Having clicked 'No', I will add the proviso that I WOULD recommend 'Castle: Never Judge a Book by its Cover', but ONLY to fans of the 'Castle' TV series! Anyone else should probably avoid.

Whilst I enjoyed the game, that was primarily because, as a fan, I recognised the in-jokes to some of the episodes of the series and the faithfully recreated scenes from the sets of the show.

The gameplay itself is a bit lacklustre. Most of the game is spent playing the missing objects mechanic whereby you pick out a small list of items from a large screen full of stuff. A bit 'Where's Waldo', but fine, although this does get tedious rather fast. Of more promise are the many little logic puzzle games which are many and varied - most are familiar and simple, but some are a bit more challanging. The only downside to these logic puzzles is that the 'Hint' mechanic allows you to completely skip the games, thus rendering them utterly pointless.

And here we get to the big drawback to this game: the 'Hint' mechanic. In most games where hints are given, usually you get actual 'hints' to what to do, but leaving you to continue to work things out. In 'C:NJaNbiC' the 'Hint' machinic leads you around by the hand. Not sure what you should be doing? 'Hint' Go here, do this. Can't solve this puzzle mini-game? 'Hint' Solved. Really, the button should be labelled 'Bored Now' or 'Too Lazy'.

I bought the game with the understanding that there would be no animations, just still scenes, but I was disappointed that there was NO actual voice-acting at all. The entire game takes place in virtual silence, with some barely adequate, low-key synth music to fill the void of all the text boxes as the characters 'talk'. This is a real shame since the game is based on the 'Castle' TV show which has characters with distinct and charming voices, so why not get them doing some voice acting for the game? And the synth music is hardly inkeeping with the music used throughout the TV series, which is chock full of funky current music tracks. I guess the licensing costs too much?

As already mentioned, there were no animations, it was all character portraits and still scene imagery, but the game would certainly have benefited from animated characters and backdrops. But hey, costs, what can you do?

And finally, lets mention length. It's short. I played it through in 4 hours, and that was by doing ALL the puzzles. If I skipped through all the ones I had trouble with, that time would probably have been halved. Considering that the game is made without animation or sound content, could they perhaps not have made futher episodic iterations with new games or mechanics to it? Shame, as that might have made it worth the money, to have further stories to work through, like actually playing a season of 'Castle', with themes continued in subsequent episodes. That would at least have given the game a lift in it's simplistic and obvious storytelling.

Which leads me to what is probably the biggest issue I had with the game: the story. Without spoiling it, I will say that it was obivous from very early on what the situation was and who the killer was - Ok, so that reguarly occurs in episodes of the show where you can guess who-dunnit, but the story doesn't do anything clever with it, and comes to a boring and obvious conclusion. For a game based on a TV series with pretty decent storylines, and featuring a professional Author, it commits the ultimate sin of 'poor story telling', and that's the final nail in the coffin.

To summarise: the game has some fun little puzzles and recognisable scenes/characters from the TV series, but lack of good sound, animation and poor storytelling make it very bland, and the short, limited story is too brief, with no hope of any kind of replayability. For a casual game, it's... Okay. Ish. For a point & click game, it's... Poor.

One to avoid.
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33 of 37 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 16, 2014
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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28 of 33 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 11, 2014
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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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 11, 2014
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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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 24, 2015
Pros:

+ nice artwork
+ twisted plot
+ good puzzles (most of them)
+ simple interface

Cons:

- repetitive and boring music
- lack of voices
- disappointing ending
- bugs (some texts extend beyond established area)

One word review: Acceptable

6,5/10
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 19, 2015
Despite its title, the cover doesn't lie in this case: here we have a standard point'n'click detective game, not a bad one but in no way contributing something new to the genre. Written, designed and soundtracked well enough; features a good deal of hidden objects scenes and puzzles, though they are rather stereotyped, and a piece of literature and science education. Can be recommended for the fans of said TV show and/or point'n'click enthusiasts, for whom there are an evening or two of the criminal investigations; if usually it's not your cup of tea, then better miss it as there are better examples of the genre for non-dedicated players.
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14 of 20 people (70%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 2, 2014
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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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 16, 2015
It's a crime!

Actually, the game is a HOG(Hidden Object Game). Dressed partially as an adventure with some surprising game mechanics like, how the interview of the suspects is commited. The HOGs are simple, and at times far too easy. The riddles are a different matter, they are quite well developed and one or two of the riddles will come quite challenging.

The story itself is a bit messed up. For a crime investigation there are too many jumps to early conclusions, too many stuff that are red herrings and can ruin this game for fans of the genres "crime", "mystery" and "adventure".

And then there is the pricetag. There are far better HOGs around for a lower price with a higher value in what you get for your money. As much as I would like to recomend the game, I probably can't because my conscience is repeating the same sentence over and over again: "Too high a price, for so short a game!"

And don't forget - it's a ripoff of a well acclaimed TV-Series, this game again isn't keeping up the high spirits of the series, sadly so.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 12, 2014
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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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 24, 2014
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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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 8, 2015
As far as hidden object games go, its not the worst I've played. The problem with this one is that it seems kinda lazy.

Music is dull and from what I can recall only 1 track.

Artwork (whilst decent for most of it, and an okay representation of the actors in the show) is very minimal, often having the characters awkwardly staring out of the screen instead of at each other in certain scenes.

But the big flaw was that the final scene/ending of the game had no rewarding feel to it. The music was the same (Ominous for some reason?), the artwork the same, and generally no feedback that you were supposed to feel congratulated for playing though the rest of the game. Not even end credits... which left me thinking that some bug had occured - but I really didn't want to play it again to find out.

Whilst most of the puzzles are okay, some of them lack that realistic logic to them that keeps the world believable. I mean, having to play BubblePop to open a phone? And a few times you get that "Our logic, not your logic!" design flaw. As an example - you're given a jar with a key in, and a hammer. You'd think you could smash the jar with the hammer and retrieve the key... in the real world, and against time, this is what most of us would do - but for some reason here, you need to get the Lid Opener item... If you want me to do that, give me the lid opener and not the hammer then?

Ah well, Im sure if you're a fan of the show, all of this this can be forgiven. But as limiting as the genre normally is, I expect a bit higher quality from them. Its a shame as normally I would put this as a low recommendation rather than give it an outright "NO". I did enjoy what was there, it just needed a bit more to make me actually say YES to recommending it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 13, 2015
I love Castle, and I love Hidden Object games (they are defragmenting for my brain), but the controls are clunky and the characters aren't really in character most of the time. So--if it's on mega-sale, go for it, but be prepared to be frustrated with trying to get the items to interact with their position.
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