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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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!


  • 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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 16

Story: 10/10 One of Christie's more famous novels, you can't really complain about the quality of the story, its a classic Poirot novel.
Graphics: 7/10 Not to everyone's taste, I quite like the cell shaded graphics
Sound: 5/10 All 5 points go to the music which suits the game without excelling, the voice acting is absolutely horrific, ranging from an AWFUL Poirot to a robotic lifeless side cast.
Gameplay: 4/10 Sigh, this is disappointing, because it has good ideas but it's littered with bad ones.

Overall: 6/10 Its worth playing without excelling, which is a shame because the story deserves so much more.

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The story is brilliant, a classic Detective Vs Killer mystery in which a killer is leaving an "ABC" book of train times at each murder. However before the killings, he challenges Poirot by sending a letter(signed A.B.C) telling him when and were the killings will take place. I have no qualms with the story at all, if you like classic detectives or the best selling crime writer of all time, you will like the story. It needs little to no introduction or explanation.

The Graphics I loved, it would be easy for them to take a gritty realism option like they have done with Sherlock Holmes. However Poirot isn't so much like that, he is a more colorful character. I really didn't enjoy the way that they animated the walking of Poirot or any of the characters, it looked really weird. I had no frame rate problems or crashes/freezes, apart from the animation looking weird and the fact that I realise cel shading isn't to everyone's liking, I would have given it more than a 7/10.

The Sound was God Awful and made the game borderline unplayable at times, maybe I'm used to hearing David Suchet play Poirot but the voicing was terrible. The accent was strained and barely passable. There was some half decent performances of a few witnesses, however the main cast was frankly unacceptable. The detective was wooden, Poirot was laughable and most the questioned suspects sounded like they were reading a script on the day with no emotion. It's a slight shame because the actual music used in the game is fitting without excelling, I quite enjoyed it. There was even a musical case(kind of) and a jukebox playing appropriate music.

The gameplay is what lets the game down more than most. They copied parts of Sherlock Holmes Crime and Punishment with the observation part which I liked and was used much better in fact than Crimes and Punishment used it. They also stole/borrowed the "decuctions" part of Crime and Punishment which was very good again. They used Poirots OCD to good effect allowing him to fiddle with his moustaches in mirrors and re-arrange messy things.

However, they also, which totally ruined the game, placed totally obtuse puzzles in the way of progressing through the game. They were needlessly difficult and felt totally out of place in a Poirot game, he did not solve intense jigsaw puzzles or false passage bookcase puzzles. He wasn't part of the mystery machine with Scooby Doo. It detracted massively from the game, without it the gameplay gets around a 6/7 out of 10. It copied the good parts of other games, which isnt bad but isnt breaking any new ground. The puzzles ruined it.

Overall, its worth playing because the story is excellent and its fun being Poirot. However use a guide for the puzzles or just take frequent breaks so you dont have to force yourself through them
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
Very enjoyable game. Good graphics and voice acting, very interesting plot. Best suited for casual, relaxing gaming; the puzzles are quite easy and there are no quick-time events. My only gripe is that some of the puzzles are completely implausible, breaking the immersion somewhat, but that's what suspension of disbelief is for.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
When I've read this book, I was 10-11 years old. I think it was my very first Poirot novel, hence it's good to see Monsieur Poirot on duty again. The game is a point&click adventure. During the gameplay, you are Hercules Poirot who is the most famous detective of the world (personally, maybe the second after Sherlock). You will solve a series of murders. For me, the plot and the logic behind the puzzles is the most important part of an adventure game and both are good for this particular game. The developers nicely adapted the novel. As far as I remember, the game truly follows the novel. The graphics are quite good. I like the audio. Each character has its own accent.

On the other hand, the game has some glitches. First of all, 30 fps is not adequate for a modern game. Time to time it is not possible to click the correct item. Sometimes you can't give up a puzzle. And finally, I've lost a few scenes when I quit the game once or twice. Maybe there is a small bug on the save/load system. It seems that the game is not well optimized but still I recommend it. If you like adventures or detective novels, buy it. 8/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
=Long Review Incoming(With Spoilers)=

While this game is great, I find it difficult to give this game an 8 or 9 out of 10. A 7/10 would be my score. I would like to remind players that my opinions should not affect yours while playing the game, keep an open mind while playing it. For all you know, you might be surprised at what you get.

Graphics: The graphics of the game was not too much of a bother for me, in fact, it reminds me more of a comic book or Telltale games. It wasn't bad.

Gameplay: This game plays similarly to the Sherlock Holmes franchise which I very much prefer, however, there are gameplay aspects that were really well done, like the reconstruction of the murders. There are many things that the Sherlock Holmes franchise does better but this game does it simpler and easier. I played this game with a controller and it was frustrating at times. Similarly, one thing that brought it down was the laughable animations, I laughed at many instances of animations. One gameplay aspect that was a tad bit frustrating was the Ego Points which does nothing other than letting you know that that is how Hercule Poirot would speak. I ended up with 444/600 Ego Points and I was like "huh, not bad."

Story: I admit that I have yet to read any Agatha Christie novels but this one was fairly interesting, the player, as Hercule Poirot, is taunted by the ABC murderer and is required to solve 3 cases which are linked. It started off quite interesting then it got a little less interesting during the second case but it improved. The murderer seemed obvious and was very convincing but the "twist" at the end was predictable as well. I predicted the real murderer when interrogating ABC and was very hopeful to have the choice of picking the murderer out of all the suspects, however it did not happen, as it was part of the story and it was the one thing that I find very lacking from a detective game, the ability of choice

Characters: The characters that Agatha Christie created are oddly similar to the characters Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created. I found this very unsettling and was unsatisfied, however I wouldn't go as far as to call them out as copies of Sherlock Holmes, John Watson and Inspector Lestrade. They were still okay characters though! Although Poirot's default stance bothers me a lot. The voice acting was decent, it annoyed me every bloody time Poirot went "NOW LET US TRY AND GET OUR BRAIN CELLS TO WORK." LIKE JESUS CHRIST, STOP SAYING THAT!

Puzzles: The puzzles are fairly easy, some more difficult than others but still easy.

Overall, I enjoyed this game as a detective fan, it was simple, it wasn't too hard, in fact it was fairly easy, and most importantly, it was fun! Honestly, I was expecting it to be more challenging but I was disappointed in that aspect. However, I spent 6 hours or less(I left it on while cooking dinner and showering) in this game and those 6 hours were worth it.

TL;DR: 7/10, Recommended for detective fans.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
- Good story based on the novel by Agatha Christie.
- Nice graphics
- Good voice-acting
- Varying puzzles
- Low price tag

- Only about 8-9 hours of gameplay, little replay value
- In the "little grey cells" game you draw conclusions from evidence. The questions asked don't always fit the conclusions.
- You don't get to use a lot of items like in other P&C games
- Most of the puzzles aren't very challenging
- Too many trophies that pop up after every thing you do

Conclusion: Considering the price you get plenty of value. Perfect game for relaxing on a rainy Sunday.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
Beaten! 8 hours

The ABC Murders is a really well done mystery game whereby you, famous detective Hercule Pirot, must solve a series of murders with the help of Captain Hastings and the police

I am personally a really big fan of David Suchet's depection of Agatha Christie's famous detective in his movies.

This game feels like that tv series. It has a lot of style and charm and is quite enjoyable to play.

- I love the art style
- Voice work is fantastic
- Overall design and presentation
- Not too difficult. Some might say it is too easy, but I found it just right. There are optional puzzles to challange you.
-Simple intuitive controls

- Not overly difficult. But I personally see this as fine.
- Not much!

If you are a fan of the movies, I feel like you would enjoy this game. It was a pleasant suprise to know I liked it so much.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
I'm recommending this game, although I'm not quite sure who exactly I should recommend it to.

Fans of Agatha Christie? Not quite. If you're her fan, you must've read the book and thus you already know who the culprit is. If you haven't read it, you should, because it's still the best way of experiencing The A.B.C. Murders.

Fans of Hercule Poirot? I don't think so. In the books I've read he was described as a "small, funny man" and a "bald" one to boot. I can't find any English quotes on the latter though, so it might've been a mistranslation. His personality is also superficial compared to the books, mostly build on catchphrases and mannerisms. It's not that bad though, he's still the Hercule Poirot.

Fans of crime fiction? Not really. The crime and the process of solving the mystery are both full of inconsistensies that you wouldn't find in the book. So, once again, you're better off reading it.

Fans of point'n'click adventure games? Maybe, but reluctantly so. The game is way too easy. I'd go as far as to say it plays itself for the most part. Fortunately, there is a few challenging puzzles that actually require some thinking. On the other hand "using your little grey cells" - a minigame of sorts where you need to use a piece/pieces of evidence to answer a question - are usually either too easy or too hard thanks to misleading questions.

That being said, I enjoyed the game. At least after the first hour that nearly bored me to death.
I'd give it an objective 6.5 out of 10.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
The amount of mustache jokes told in a minute .... unbearable
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Great idea done badly.

Capped at 30 fps (maybe to mitigate/hide point 2)
Extreme lack of optimization
Lack of graphical options of any kind (you get to change resolution and quality to Low/High)
Linux-specific: certain sections run at 20 fps (1080p on a GTX 1060)
Linux-specific: missing anti-aliasing

For those issues alone I wouldn't recommend any game, but it turns out even the game itself, performance aside, is not "that" great.
Don't get me wrong the game has very interesting mechanics but you get easily bored, I got to play little more than an hour total in 3 different sessions, meaning that after roughly 20~25 minutes I didin't bother to continue playing.

I don't think I can recommend this game to anyone, because players not knowing the plot of "the ABC Murders" may get (extremely) disappointed by the performance/optimization issues and Agatha Christie's fans, who may overcome the optimization ugliness may end up bored.
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7.0 hrs
Posted: October 22
I've never heard of Agatha Christie before, but the story was very entertaining.

However this game just feels... not well programmed? And there is one time where me and my wife thought a character was dead or dying, but nah they were fine.

This is a great game to enjoy for the story, and to sit back and chill, as the whole thing is basically on rails.

Get it if it's on sale!
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7.0 hrs
Posted: October 22
A mystery game where you follow a detective's investigations through a single case. It's more of a narrative game where you follow the detective's actions and logic than one where you do things for yourself. Visuals and music are good enough although sometimes the animations are a little off. Story is fine, apparently based off a book and movie. For me, the story was the strong part while the interactive part of the game was just something to do while I awaited the next breakthrough in the story (similar to other narrative games like this). The interactive parts are kept pretty straightforward so it's not too frustrating or contrived.

Maybe a few leaps of logic but nothing impossible. There's only so many interactions to do so you can get through some parts with guesswork. I had some trouble with a few puzzles but steam forums helped me through them. I think there's a hint button in the escape menu but I didn't try it.

It's very useful if you have a game mindset when investigating things.
  • Look for interactable parts by looking to see if your mouse cursor changes.
  • Objects often need to be rotated around 180 degrees and at the exact right angle before Poirot acknowledges it and talks about it. Even if you can read it yourself, you need to put it at the correct angle so that game lets you progress.
  • If you see a seemingly random string of numbers/letters/symbols it's going to be used somewhere.

It has multiple profiles but doesn't allow you to manually save and load. It would be nice to have multiple save file slots so you can choose different options and see what happens without repeating a full playthrough. They probably didn't want it to prevent 'easy' achievements but the story doesn't really branch out from choices (so instead they want to to replay everything to see different choices). However, if you're so inclined you can do save scumming per the achievement guide.

Other thoughts:
  • Nice that if offers several languages for subtitles and a couple for voices.
  • Ending is fine but there's a part with a couple loading screens in a row between cutscenes that takes a little out of the experience.
  • Think I had one bug where I couldn't talk to someone until I quit to menu/reloaded.

Worth a try if you're in the mood for a decent detective story where you are guided through things (so more of a passive experience).
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3.7 hrs
Posted: October 18
Great humor, great puzzles and atmosphere. Would totally buy again.
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5.7 hrs
Posted: October 15
I thought sh!t my GPU was but at least it could cope with point & clicks? This game got turned into a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation everytime I tried to zoom in to examine objects. Also I think this game is more like an immersive novel than a p&c, a dully adapted one though.
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3.4 hrs
Posted: October 14
Hey everyone and this is my review about the game!

This is a Point and click detective game.


Has 3 different profile slots.
There is a Music volume slidebar.
There is a sound volume slidebar.
There is a voice volume slidebar.
Voice language is in either French or English.
There are some different languages available.
There are subtitles available.
There are some resolution sizes available.
You can play the game with a xbox controller or mouse.

About the game.

You are a detective seeking for answer on a murder. You have to solve puzzles and other obstacles to find information about the killer. The more you are able to explore and discover, the more points you will get and able to solve the mystery faster! You can't lose or make mistakes by solving mysteries. If you are correct a green solve will show up and if you place the wrong one you can just simply remove it and try another.

Graphics are shell shaded (Like borderlands).
Decent animation.
The voice accents are british.
Good cutscene animation.
Puzzles are pretty simple.
There is help for incase you do get stuck. It has a cooldown however.
He likes to literally read everything and say it.
You can't lose or make mistakes.

Other things.

The game is very easy and you can't lose or make mistakes. I think its a bit pricey.
Sometimes i have the feeling this is "dora the explorer".
They have really weird "emotional feelings" in the game. Like, Stone cold or don't really care what on happend.


I Give this game a 6/10
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