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: Mixed (72 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 9, 2013
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Buy Sinister Stories Bundle

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

 

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
9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 19
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
I thought another game by these guys was a lot of fun ("Small Town Terrors: Pilgrim's Hook Collector's Edition"), but this one's pretty bad. You have to do every hidden object sequence twice within a single playthrough (often minutes after the first time), the controls felt picky at times (leading me to think I was trying to use the wrong item when I wasn't), and a good portion of the puzzles weren't fun; they were chores. If you like the show, you'll likely be disappointed. Characters do other characters' jobs, or do things none of them should do. Too much of it simply didn't make sense for the franchise.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
You definetly shouldn't judge this as being a bad game because it's based on a TV show. If you do, then you will be missing out on a decent and worthwhile game. It's essentially a point and click game with a bit of hidden object finding thrown in. While the game isn't voice acted and all dialogue is displayed via text, the writing is solid enough that the game doesn't suffer for it.

The puzzles are what let it down a little bit though, there is one puzzle where the solution doesn't match the clue at all (it should be a number 1,3,5 or 7 but it is a 2 which is not one of the numbers listed, and there are a couple of puzzles where the description could have used tightening up as while I techinically had a correct solution to the puzzle, the developer had a different solution in mind. Thankfully there is a skip button so these puzzles can be solved.

Outside of that a couple of times the object you needed to progress could have been a little better layed out (for example you use a paint roller to haul in a boat...which based on the scene wouldn't really reach.

Minor gripes aside I got a solid 4 to 5 hours out of it and enjoyed the story and gameplay overall.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
Do you like Castle? Do you like murder mysteries? Or maybe hard puzzles, decent art, and a generic but decent plot? Then this game is for you!

I'll admit I was missing a level on this simply by never having watched the TV series, and never intending to. On a 1 to 10 scale, this was a solid 7, slightly brought down by it's steeper than average difficulty curve on its puzzles. Not majorly so, but definitely overall they tended to be on the challenging side.
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