The ABC Murders is an adventure and investigation game adapted from the classic Agatha Christie novel. You are the famous private detective Hercule Poirot and, once again, you find yourself up against a mysterious serial killer who goes by the name of "ABC".
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Release Date: Feb 4, 2016

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Update for Agatha Christie - The ABC Murders !

In order to provide you with a better gaming experience during your investigations, we’ve improved the game’s graphics, sound and gameplay!

Here’s a summary of the improvements we’ve made:
• Polish added
• Brazilian-Portuguese added
• Various improvements.
• Correction of minor bugs


GRAPHICS AND ANIMATIONS
 Corrected lip-synchronization
 Improvement of certain characters’ animations
 Improvement of looks exchanged by characters during certain dialogues
SOUNDS
 Added/corrected voices
 Some sounds have been improved and added (puddle, doors opening, suitcase, movements, etc.)
TEXT
 Corrected texts
 Size of emotion text improved
GAMEPLAY
 Improved camera and camera animations in certain scenes
 Certain collision zones in the puzzles have been reworked
 Some collision adjustments in the “little grey cells” menu

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About This Game

Agatha Christie - The ABC Murders

Your weapon is your knowledge. Your wits will be put to the ultimate test!


The ABC Murders is an adventure and investigation game adapted from the classic Agatha Christie novel. The player embodies the famous Hercule Poirot in a 3rd person perspective adventure game packed with mysteries. Once again, the private detective will find himself up against a mysterious opponent who goes by the name of "ABC".

Your intelligence will never have been so challenged!

You will have to explore many crime scenes in various cities set in beautiful surroundings across the United Kingdom. Leave no stone unturned when it comes to cross examinations and deadly puzzles!
Observe, question and explore everything possible in order to make the smartest deductions and understand the murderer’s plans!

KEY FEATURES :

  • Examinations: The player can collect information by examining suspects and paying attention to what they say, how they say it and how they feel.
  • Puzzles: The player will have to solve puzzles in order to obtain more clues.
  • Brain Deductions: Depending on the clues collected, the player will be able to make deductions and find out more about the murderer.
  • Timeline: As the player draws conclusions and progresses through the story, he can use Poirot's Timeline. This means that Hercule Poirot can build a timeline with all the relevant events revealed during the investigation.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10
    • Processor: AMD/Intel dual-core processor running at 2.2 GHz
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI/NVIDIA dedicated/integrated or mobile graphic card, with at least 512MB of dedicated VRAM and with at least Shader Model 4.0 support
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Sound Card: Integrated or dedicated DirectX 9 compatible soundcard
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10
    • Processor: AMD / Intel Dual-Core processor running at 3.0 GHz
    • Memory: 3072 MB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI/NVIDIA dedicated or mobile graphic card with at least 1GB of dedicated VRAM and with at least Shader Model 4.0 support
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Sound Card: Integrated or dedicated DirectX 9.0c compatible soundcard
    Minimum:
    • OS: MAC OS 10.6.8(Snow Leopard) or newer
    • Processor: Intel quad-core processor running at 3.1 GHz
    • Memory: 4096 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel integrated or mobile graphic card, with at least 768MB of dedicated or shared VRAM and with at least Shader Model 5.0 support
    • Sound Card: Integrated
    Recommended:
    • OS: MAC OS X 10.7.5(Lion), 10.8.5(Mountain Lion), 10.9.5(Mavericks) and 10.10.2(Yosemite)
    • Processor: Intel quad-core processor running at 3.1 GHz
    • Memory: 4096 MB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD/NVIDIA Dedicated graphics card with at least 512MB of dedicated VRAM and with at least Shader Model 5.0 support
    • Sound Card: Integrated
    Minimum:
    • OS: Linux x86_64
    • Processor: Intel quad-core processor running at 3.1 GHz
    • Memory: 4096 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel integrated or mobile graphic card, with at least 768MB of dedicated or shared VRAM and with at least Shader Model 5.0 support
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Totem
6.8 hrs
Posted: August 22
Very easy game play. If you are looking a challenging game, this game is not for you. As an interactive story telling, I had enjoyed every bit.
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ShinOnna
7.2 hrs
Posted: August 21
When I first heard about this project I was rather second-guessing the idea: 1. I have already read the book and seen a couple of movie adaptations of this story. What new could the game provide? The answer is Experience.
Agathe Christie - The ABC Murders is one of those point-and-click experiences you just have to try.

The visual style is the one thing that makes this project unique. With the cartoony animation and art, this game is a new take on the genre, bringing more of a Tale Tales feeling and less a reminder of previous projects such as Murder on the Orient Express.
It will seem a bit awkward if you are not used to this style, but once you get this out of the way, there is no stopping you.

I finished the game with just a couple of hardships, mostly due to the fact that I didn't pay enough attention to dialogues.

The gameplay is easy and mostly intuitive. You operate with the mouse and go around the world without much ado. Most puzzles are fairly easy if you know what you're doing, but there is a small case of a repeating puzzle. Still in the gameplay department, the puzzles did have a couple of bugs when I played the game such as the game denying me the right to click a specific part of one e.g. It was not a game-breaking experience.

The story is represented quite well, not doing any harm to the original novel (which I'm not such a big fan of anyway). Keep in mind that the game of nor 100% copied from the book nor is it totally unrelated. The team obviously *tried* to provide new experience even for the ones who read the story.
You have lacks in character development in the sense that most end up being exactly the way they seem to be in the first place, but that's also valid for the book.

In short, the experience of worth some of the full price. Definitely pleasurable and worth it when you have the current p'n'c *diversity*
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Soon It Will Be Cheese
6.8 hrs
Posted: August 16
Funny game and good story. Didn't read the book so don't know how loyal it was to that. The voice acting was annoying. The artstyle was cutesy.
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crazyknitter4jesus
4.6 hrs
Posted: August 13
A very likeable game but very far from the book that Agatha Christie herself wrote. The original plot I think would have worked much better but after playing this through once I did feel it worked really well. The graphics are fun and enjoyable but I often caught myself frustrated with how the camera was fixed in one spot and you couldn't manually move it without moving the character...not to mention the character took a good while before it responded to my mouse click. But other than that the puzzles were challenging and the game was overall a lot of fun to play. If your a big Agatha Christie purest however...I wouldn't recommend you try this game. But for all those mystery lovers and those that have great the book associated with this game...you'll probably be dissapointed in some places but enjoy it overall. Enjoy!
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Who
6.8 hrs
Posted: August 12
I love Poirot, but this game really did not to the series justice. First of all, the game is hard capped at a headache inducing 30 FPS. The scenes are lifeless, with every character just standing there in place. When they move, they do it like robots. The pace is very, very slow, due to frequent cuts/loads, sometimes unskippable (and repetitive) voiceovers, and generally frustrating clunkiness. The dialogue is anything but natural, and it is often unclear what your dialogue choices will result in.

To sum it up: The game's engine is atrocious. The game is more like a strongly directed graphic novel than an adventure game.
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dont.walk
8.8 hrs
Posted: August 2
This game so wishes to be just like one of the far superior Sherlock Holmes games. It is interesting at first, but becomes tedious. The dialogue is stilted and the puzzles pretty dull. Even the art style becomes boring after a while. I would only recommend this game to a die hard Agatha Christie fan.
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Vikes546
1.1 hrs
Posted: July 29
Short review :
Simplistic and bugged all to hell.

In Detail :
Took a reinstall and several restarts to progress from the first crime scene to Poirot's apartment which is where I encountered another game breaking bug - the game just hangs there, not actually "frozen", since hitting escape opens the menu and the game is still actually running, but there's no way to progress, no cursor, no options etc. The discussion forum suggests having Windows 10 might be a solution - yeah, no thanks, that's like curing a patient by killing him, his family, his pets, and setting fire to his baseball card collection.

From what I've been able to actually see of the gameplay, the "investigative" side of things is incredibly simplistic, you just mouse around until the cursor changes to something, you take a closer look to use Poirot's famous observational skills to gather clues, but it's impossible to miss anything since the cursor changes to let you know to hover it there. They should have made this far less obvious to give players a challenge and make them use THEIR brains instead of Poirot's. That said, the few puzzles where you have to manipulate objects I encountered at the first crime scene were fairly well done.
Along the same simplistic lines are using your little grey cells to put clues together. As far as I can tell there's no way to fail this, you put between 2 and 3 clues into a chain thing and if it turns green it auto-completes and success is yours. Woo...

TLDR : Not recommended unless you're able to actually get it to run and you're buying it for a kid or a diehard Poirot fan (Who will probably be disappointed it isn't David Suchet voicing the titular role)
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Zed Clampet
8.3 hrs
Posted: July 25
Ah, you know, I can see that a lot of people didn't like the game and thought it was boring, but I really enjoyed it.

To look at people's major complaints, I didn't think that Poirot walked too slowly, and he sped up if you double-clicked. Furthermore, there really wasn't all that much walking to be done. The vast majority of the time he was in small rooms. As an avid point and click gamer, I can tell you that needless walking is present in many games, but this really isn't one of them.

Another complaint is that the puzzles repeated themselves, but there is only one puzzle that does that. This is, in fact, a head scratcher, but the puzzle that repeats is so easy it barely counts as a puzzle and can be completed in well under a minute.

To me, the most important things in a modern P&C game are puzzles, story, interface and voice acting (when it's available), and all four of these are done well.

Puzzles: The puzzles are as logical as you get in P&C games. Most of them are fairly easy, but I found a few fairly challenging. There were no unnecessary puzzles like you get in a lot of older games where you have to run errands for people, etc. I'd basically put the puzzles into 2 categories. One type was strictly logic-based where you are trying to connect clues for the case. The other type reminded me of the game The Room, where you are trying to open objects to get to the clues inside. I found both types to be fun and rewarding.

Story: The story is ripped straight from an excellent novel. If you like detective stories and mysteries, then you will like the story. Also, if you play Poirot as the a-hole that he is in the books, there's a decent amount of comedy to be had.

Interface: The interface was simple and inobtrusive. Very easily worked. Also, if you get stuck, there is a "Clue" function you can use to get you headed in the right direction. I used this a couple of times when I was being thick and found that it worked really well.

Voice Acting: I'd say it was above average. The person who portrayed Poirot did an excellent job. All the other characters were at least servicable.

Anyway, if you like P&C games and detective stories, I'd say you will enjoy this. If you've already read the book, you might still enjoy it for its puzzles and humorous dialogue.
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Redback
13.2 hrs
Posted: July 24
An interesting game with good graphics and overall enjoyable gameplay. It is necessary to concentrate on everything going on around you and I would advise leaving the subtitles on so you don't miss anything that is said as it may well be important.

The puzzles are as hard as you make them yourself. By that I mean they certainly can be thought provoking and need you to think about what you are doing so try to be a bit methodical in your approach.

Everything you do requires observation and remembering what you have seen or heard as this can (and will) effect your success rate right through the game. That being said, take your time to look and listen and don't be afraid to make notes of things you feel could come in useful as well.

You can get assistance (by means of hints) should get totally stuck, but if you take your time you may not need any to complete any section. Sometimes it pays to take a break and approach the problem later with a clear mind also, I do from time to time and it helps. You will occasionally say.....'What have I missed'?....So go looking.

There is little violence occurring which can be refreshing (even coming from a normally FPS game only player), but I thoroughly enjoyed playing this. You can get very involved in what is happening and even eager looking for the next puzzle.

It's a pretty good game and worth the money compared to many others, but if you can get in on sale even better.

I would rate it at 7/10 and certainly recommend it to those that like a game that makes you think.
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Dee
6.9 hrs
Posted: July 21
It's an ok game but some kind of boring.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
Short review :
Simplistic and bugged all to hell.

In Detail :
Took a reinstall and several restarts to progress from the first crime scene to Poirot's apartment which is where I encountered another game breaking bug - the game just hangs there, not actually "frozen", since hitting escape opens the menu and the game is still actually running, but there's no way to progress, no cursor, no options etc. The discussion forum suggests having Windows 10 might be a solution - yeah, no thanks, that's like curing a patient by killing him, his family, his pets, and setting fire to his baseball card collection.

From what I've been able to actually see of the gameplay, the "investigative" side of things is incredibly simplistic, you just mouse around until the cursor changes to something, you take a closer look to use Poirot's famous observational skills to gather clues, but it's impossible to miss anything since the cursor changes to let you know to hover it there. They should have made this far less obvious to give players a challenge and make them use THEIR brains instead of Poirot's. That said, the few puzzles where you have to manipulate objects I encountered at the first crime scene were fairly well done.
Along the same simplistic lines are using your little grey cells to put clues together. As far as I can tell there's no way to fail this, you put between 2 and 3 clues into a chain thing and if it turns green it auto-completes and success is yours. Woo...

TLDR : Not recommended unless you're able to actually get it to run and you're buying it for a kid or a diehard Poirot fan (Who will probably be disappointed it isn't David Suchet voicing the titular role)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
I love Poirot, but this game really did not to the series justice. First of all, the game is hard capped at a headache inducing 30 FPS. The scenes are lifeless, with every character just standing there in place. When they move, they do it like robots. The pace is very, very slow, due to frequent cuts/loads, sometimes unskippable (and repetitive) voiceovers, and generally frustrating clunkiness. The dialogue is anything but natural, and it is often unclear what your dialogue choices will result in.

To sum it up: The game's engine is atrocious. The game is more like a strongly directed graphic novel than an adventure game.
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140 of 161 people (87%) found this review helpful
38 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
So here's the thing. Hercule Poirot is a bit of a ♥♥♥♥, right. If I met him, I suspect I'd come to feel an urge to punch him in the throat. He's smug, vain, arrogant and somewhat rude. Yet the world just can't seem to get enough of him. Even Agatha Christie couldn't stand him. In fact, she once referred to him as a “detestable, bombastic, tiresome, ego-centric little creep.” And she even warned other authors about creating a character like this in an essay from 1930. He was however a creep that made her a lot of money given his popularity, so she was stuck with him.

During the war though, she made a plan to ensure his death should she herself die. Yep, she wanted to ensure that he could not live on if she didn't. Yikes. She wrote the story about his (and Miss Marple's) death in 1945, with instructions to publish if she got killed.

She survived, as did her detectives, and she continued to produce stories about them for another 30 years. Until her own health started to fail in the 1970s, and she finally decided to kill him (cause of death: poison induced heart attack). The public reaction was intense, and included a front page obituary in the New York Times (this was the first time a fictional character had gotten an obituary) - no doubt to Christie's annoyance. She died the year after, ensuring that no one would continue to write new stories about the ego-centric little creep she had created several decades earlier.*

That never stopped anyone from creating new versions of existing stories - the most famous adaptation is probably the British TV series that aired from 1989 to 2013. And then there's this game, based on the novel with the same name from 1936. In other words, if you have read that novel (or watched that episode), you already know the plot. If not, I'm not gonna spoil it here anyway.

This is a fairly standard point and click mystery adventure, where in addition to actually solving the mystery you get bonus points for behaving like Poirot would. The point system is aptly called "ego-points", and one of the things you can do to gain them is to make sure you look at yourself (and groom your 'stache) everytime you're near a mirror. In short, they have captured his spirit. Props for that. I also think there's just a right amount of complicated puzzles, and it has a certain hook to it. I enjoyed connecting the dots (or as he would say, getting the little grays to work), and sorting through relevant information and red herrings.

I do however find it a bit of an uneccessarily slow game. It's point and click, and you have to wait for the animation, or more accurately, Poirot himself. You have to wait for him to walk places, to finish talking, and so on. I'd maybe have more patience for that if I liked him more. There's actually an achievement for getting impatient with him. There is, of course, no doubt that he is good at his job. As are you if you manage to solve the mysteries at hand. And by the way you will, don’t worry. There’s not actually any way to fail at this game I think? But you might find yourself spending time on the puzzles, sometimes due to the animation of it dragging out, but sometimes because they’re complex.

So I'm sorry Agatha, but I'm going to recommend this game to people who enjoy point-and-click-puzzles.


* One new novel was actually approved for publication (The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah, published in 2014)
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61 of 66 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
15.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
Who this game may appeal to –

-New P&C gamers
-Agatha Christie fans or those who love a good story
-HOG gamers who like puzzles as the puzzles here are just a bit harder than most HOGs (note this isn't a HOG like some past Christie games were).
-People who find Nancy Drew and Sherlock Holmes games too hard or need a good bit of help with them.

Those who are seasoned P&C gamers who are expecting the same length and complexities as the cheaper priced ($20) new Nancy Drew games may be disappointed which is why I am only recommending it if you can get it at half price. But then I always found Agatha Christie games to be easier than ND and SH games (although this is a completely different style as to the other AC adventure games). Trying to be thorough going for max points and working out achievements, first gameplay was 6-7hrs, with no hints.

The gameplay is easy as there are objectives that are scored out so you know when you have done everything in an area and can move on to the next objective. The hotspots for areas in scenes are generous so it’s hard to miss anything and there are optional hints if needed (have no idea how they work or if you can skip puzzles with them.)

At most there are two areas at a time for you to explore so you can’t get lost and thankfully there is not a lot of inventory items ever in the game so no trying to combine a lot of things or trying items on every hotspot you come across. Gameplay is very linear.

The puzzles are easy and a couple do get annoying with the repetitiveness of them, but some will take you a while not because they are fundamentally hard but the execution of some of them is fiddly and a couple makes you think they will be harder than they actually are. If you hate all puzzles/minigames then this game isn’t for you as I’d class this as a puzzle/adventure.

The observations of people you can’t get wrong and in scenes it tells you how many clues there are to find so that’s easy as well. Where it gets not relaxing is limited dialogue choices which can frustrate as sometimes you don’t want to pick either choice and trying the nice route first which Poirot does in the books doesn’t always yield you max points.

The questions for the deduction board later sometimes didn’t always gel with the facts you give to support it. I am used to the more complex and better Sherlock Holmes deduction boards where the hardness is in trying to remember your facts and what goes with something but in this game it’s more the ambiguity of the questions sometimes.

I have read the book so I found the deductions and questions to be easier, if you haven’t read the book I could imagine you might find that side of the game to be harder but with limited choices re deduction board you will get it quickly.

The one thing I find ultra-annoying is that there is no manual save game system, which for me is a basic need especially with a game with points and achievements. I kept wanting to retry conversations and try different things but I couldn’t.

I do appreciate that there are built in achievements, a timeline which helps you understand the story better at the end and points.

I sadly find P&C games to be rare so I devour ones I find and I will buy all the hopefully future Agatha Christie games there will be, not just because of this but also I am a huge Agatha Christie fan. But for $24 I wished it was either longer, or more non-linear, have more areas to explore or more in-depth complexities of gameplay, maybe fewer but harder puzzles.

It was a good but not a great game and of course the plot and story was excellent, overall I did really enjoy it and there is replayability in trying to get all achievements. I’d give it a 7/10.
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56 of 70 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
Agatha Christie - The ABC Murders is an adventure detective point & click game based on Agatha Christie's crime novel The ABC Murders (who would have thought).
If this review is too long for you, I suggest you to only read the first paragraph about the game's content and the final verdict at the end.

What is happening in the game:
You play as Hercule Poirot, the famous Belgian detective with an incredibly sharp mind and the capability of solving complex puzzles that the police usually can't solve by themselves. This exact capability makes a mysterious serial killer challenge Poirot if he can find who he is. You start by visiting the first crime scene, where a woman was murdered. You have to find clues and pull something actually useful out of them. After all, you're Hercule Poirot!

Pros:
  • Voice Acting | This is a very very important thing in this game, as Poirot just has to be properly voice acted for this game to work. You may have watched some of the episodes with Hercule Poirot and his voice is just one of integral parts of the whole thing. In The ABC Murders, voice acting is, in my opinion, done very well, which is a huge plus.
  • Visual Style | I like the kind-of-3D world this game is set in and the animations are also very nice. The way characters look kind of remind me of comic books based on Christie's novels, if you've ever seen one of those.
  • Gameplay | You will constantly be looking for clues everywhere. You will later also connect these clues to make assumptions which will help you later in the game. Finding those clues also gives you Poirot's opinion about it, which is really nice to hear and is sometimes even slightly funny.
  • Puzzles | This is not just a simple adventure game with a nice story, but it also includes some nice puzzles. They are usually based on one object, on which you can find clues or just push your brains to get the solution. Puzzles in this game are very pleasant for us solvers and they can be both easy or hard. But none of those go to extremes. For solving puzzles, you also get so called "ego points", which is cool, because we like points. I just don't know yet why these points are used for.
  • The Story | Well, this one is pretty obvious: the story is great. I've read the book and I've forgotten all about it except that is was awesome, so it's pretty cool that I get to experience it again, but this time in a different shape. For a little bonus, this game even has multiple endings for those who can remember things they read in the past. Or at least the developers say so.
  • The Achievements | There are 50 achievements and they are pretty well-set. They are not like "get 10 ego points!" and "get 100 ego points!" and "get 250 eg ..." ... you know what I'm trying to say. You get them for actually achieving things in the game, which is how achievements should be.
  • SteamOS and MacOS | If you want, you can make your inner penguin happy for playing this game on Linux-powered machines. You can also run it on that expensive aluminum thingy of yours, if you want to.

Cons:
  • Settings | There are not many, when it comes to graphics. The only two options for graphic quality are "high" and "low" and they don't make much difference. There are a few basic resolutions listed, but not an option for fullscreen/windowed mode. However, this game runs in Unity, so you can change fullscreen by using Alt+Enter. This should be available to less advanced users as well, though.
  • Pricing | Although this game is pretty good so far, I'm not really sure about the 30€ price tag. You will have to decide this one for yourself.

The final verdict:
I'm not really far in this game at this moment, so I will be updating this review after I finish the game. So far, however, I wasn't really bothered by anything special and I think this game is going to offer some quality gameplay hours. I love Agatha Christie's novels, so if you love those as well, you should certainly give this game a try. It plays great so far and I can't wait to uncover the killer once again!

Greetings,
BirdCute

Note that my copy of this game was obtained for free for reviewing purposes. However, this did not affect the quality and objectivity of this review.

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40 of 49 people (82%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
I liked playing it, and wanted to love it, but I just can not recommend this game. It is too basic, impossible to lose or miss something, only has a handful of puzzles which are pretty straight-forward, and just does not really feel like you're a detective at all. If Steam allowed some kind of rating in between a Yes or No, say, a Maybe, then I'd pick that. The visuals and voice acting are great! But the game holds your hand every linear step of the way, and so any sense of discovery is completely missing. Sometimes the clues the game is expecting you to match up in the Little Gray Cells mini-game do not even make sense, but you can't ever get stuck there - there is no progressing until you get it right, and there's only one correct combination. If you really love Poirot, or you just want to drop thirty bucks on a few hours of a murder story that you have to point-and-click through, then go for it. The production values are great here, just the actual gameplay is lacking.
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35 of 41 people (85%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.7 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: February 5
Agatha Christie - The ABC Murders

You play the famous detective Hercule Poirot in a classical detective point-and-click adventure.

Gameplay 8 of 10

You investigate various crime scenes, interview witnesses, collect clues, solve riddles and deduct it all together to find the killer. Sometimes you have to solve small riddles connected with you surroundings or items of interest. They are not very hard to solve though. Mostly you rotate the objects and manipulate the object until you find the solution.
The main part is when you have to put together the witnesses statements and the clues you got to come to a conclusion of the crimes.

Graphics 7.5 of 10

The graphics are done in an amazing hand-drawn picture style. It works amazingly good with the game. Thumbs up! Makes you feel like you are actually in a comic, sort of.

Voiceacting 7.5 of 10

The voiceacting is really good. Especially Hercule Poirot.

Synopsis

A must buy if you at least partly into point-and-click games and/or detective games.
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33 of 45 people (73%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
The trailers made this game look like a Poirot-themed redux of the incredible Crimes and Punishments game that Frogware put out, but in truth it is somewhat less than that. There is no allowance in the plot for your wrong answers; there are no what-if scenarios where you (and thus, Poirot) ♥♥♥♥ up the investigation and send the wrong man to jail; and there's not a lot of freedom in how you approach things. Despite how it looks, ABC Murders is pretty oldschool-adventure in a lot of ways. Or, to be more accurate, it's pretty oldschool-Frogwares -- Poirot's investigation here has some things in common with how Sherlock investigated Jack the Ripper or looked into whatever the ♥♥♥♥ Testament was about. You get to build a timeline, you get to stick clues together to supplement Poirot's ideas about the case, and you get to solve inane inventory puzzles and open puzzle boxes because apparently half of London shops at the Mondo Puzzlebox Outlet and they put damn near everything in them. There is a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ puzzlebox built inside a cash register, which is the kind of asinine nonsense that only could happen inside of an adventure game. It doesn't even contain anything that would justify such a confusing security scheme, because surely if someone has broken into your shop and robbed you they can break into the back room as well and also our puzzle-minded shopkeeper decided to write the code on the register anyway, it's all nonsense, who cares, Poirot is a cool guy and he solve a crime, 9 moustaches/10
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Not Recommended
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
I mainly play strategy or RPGs, but enjoy the occasional casual game. I like adventure games and am happy they're making a come-back. I like mystery games. I've played HO games based on Agathe Christie (not nearly as much fun as an adventure game) and enjoyed them.

I did not enjoy ABC Murders, mainly because of the repetitive nature of puxzles and poorly thought-out gameplay.

PROS:

* No one tells a mystery the way Agathe Christie does.
* One of my favorite Christie stories
* Intricate mystery. Hard to judge this one as a game since I already knew the story.
* Funny ways to earn "ego points" that have nothing to do with the mystery
* Poirot was very much Poirot
* Voice acting good for the most part
* Some of the puzzles were intricate and took a lot of time to solve, but I'm not sure I'd call them "good" puzzles. People might like their complexity, so into the pro column this goes.

CONS:

* Poirot ambles. That makes sense. He's not the sort of character who hurries. However, this can be maddening when you watch him amble across the screen, amble back, and basically force the player to sit around and wait. Better to have them go off-screen and appear at their next destination. Do we really need to watch them amble about just to tell a taxi to take them somewhere?

* Repetitive puzzles. The puzzles for the most part were well-thought out, but there was one that you need to do about 4 times where you compare items and look for differences and simularities. The logical thing would be to place the two items side-by-side on the screen so you can swiftly click all the areas. But, no. You need to first select the item, then zoom in on it, then click on one difference, hear the voice-over describe *in the same exact words as he does each time* the oddity. Then zoom back out to where you see both items, select the second item, zoom in on it, find the same bit you want to compare. Then[/] you have to zoom back out, select the first item, zoom in, select the second descrepancy, zoom back out, select hte second, ad nauseum. It was a lot of unnecessary busy work.

* Annoying controls. I play with mouse and keyboard on a PC so perhaps a controller is different. In my game, I had to click an itemin the exact pixelst required, move my mouse around in the exact manner the game wanted. If I deviated just a bit nothing would happen even though I knew I was n the right thing at the correct time and even moving the item correctly: I was simply in the wrong spot. Numerous expletives filled the room each time I attempted to deal with the finicky controls.

* Though I know this didn't happen in the book, the game would have been better if the ridiculous comparisons mentioned above actually found differences instead of noticing similarities. The player already knows what they'll find, so the entire endeavor was pointless. Had there been actual differences and those differences tied into solving the crime, the game would have been more interesting. This doesn't matter in the book because the emphasis is not on this part of the game.

* Art is mediocre. Poirot, Hastings and Jap all look nearly alike. I expect more from a professional developer. Backgrounds are okay. Then Poirot ambles past 2-dimensional birds or flowers and you realize that they must not have had these items in whatever pool of objects the backgrounds were made from.

It's obvoius why this game discounted so soon after release. At $14.99 it's still too expensive. Maybe $9.99. I found the game annoying to play and doubt I will purchase a game from these developers again.
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Recommended
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
The Good :
- Faithful to the book
- Nice cell-shading artstyle
- Good english dub
- Nice soundtrack
- Cozy ambiance
- Love Poirot!

The Bad:
- Too easy
- Bit predictable
- Some annoying bugs
- The backgrounds are a bit bland
- The french dub is awful

If you like Agatha Christie and Hercule Poirot, you may find this game to be enjoyable and charming, although it could have been better written and presented.

Overall I'd recommend it on sale, since the game is only 6 - 8 hours long at best
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