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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April 20

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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anthony.ryan.peterlin
( 8.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Agatha Christie story is always interesting and great implemented with the puzzles. Puzzles are logical and great. Ambient music and voice actors are great, graphics are very nice. The inventory is good. Sometimes you must look closer some objects and do something with it. There are not many locations in the game. There are three murderers, so there are three main locations to explore. The length of the game is about 8 hours.
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俯卧撑万岁
( 6.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Well, the reason I buy this game is I am a big fan of Agatha Christie. Her novel, the ABC murder, which I’ve read for over ten hundred times, attracts me very much. And this ABC game, I have to say, is wonderful.

To the novel itself, the story is too attractive. And this game perfectly restore the novel’s plots. What’s more, it makes the player to be a fantastic detective to detect the unbelievable murder.

But, the game does not so good in gameplay. The established ending has limited the player’s freedom. But all in all, I strongly recommend this game.
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csoppy
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
very slow and too obvious.
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Nallen
( 7.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 16
Pretty mediocre game overall. The voice acting is meh. Gameplay is boring. Glitches are plentiful. Story is decently executed. Sometimes all you needed to do was backtrack a bit and instead of letting you skip the slow paced walk back, the game forces you to watch the mighty Poirot walk like a duck for a good 5min. I really like Agatha Christie as well as Hercule Poirot, but those might be the only reasons to buy this game. Throughout the whole game I kept thinking how much better it might have been if Telltale had made it instead.
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julma
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 15
Nice looking point and click game. Just right difficulty level for me. For hardcore clickers too easy.
BUT, beware on Mac GAME CRASHES all the time and have some graphics clitches.
Don't buy, and it saves you from many nerve wrecking moments.
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pianissimo
( 7.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 14
As an avid Christie fan, this game was a must-buy. I liked it very much and found the graphics, art, atmosphere, and puzzles pleasant. That being said, it only took me 7 hours to play through, and I am very decidedly NOT a seasoned gamer. However, for fans of Christie and those who enjoy casual murder mysteries, I would still recommend it. It might have only lasted for 7 hours, but those hours were very enjoyable!
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mmmth
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 12
Looks great. Sounds great. Really brings great value to a classic novel. Worth a playthrough. Could be somewhat more challenging and longer: I finished the game under 6 hours and didn't probably spend more than a few minutes on each puzzle. These story-wise loyalistic games are also problematic if you know the story beforehand.
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Murder of Crows
( 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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aeyl
( 7.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 8
As a fan of detective games and Agatha Christie's works, I was excited to play this game. But luckily, I didn't buy it at launch since the game turned out to be a disappointment. The puzzles, which are the core of detective games, are too basic, the clues for them are within the puzzles themselves (or, even better, there's no need for any clues at all), and not to mention that it's really repetitive. Moving Poirot around is mostly annoying, and using a controller is out of question (even though it says it has "Full controller support"). Art is horrible, the character design is bad, voice acting isn't that special either. The game is too easy, there's absolutely no challenge,

There's really no good point by which I could recommend the game.

It's no wonder the price went down from $30 at launch to $15.

P.S. The forums are completely dead. I assume the developers gave up. I posted a question regarding trading cards (haven't gotten a single one, beaten the game within ~6h, it says there's trading cards), no replies even a month later. Other people posted questions as well, no replies. So don't bother.
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RipWitch
( 12.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 3
There are many things this game did wonderfully, such as the fantastic voice acting, the art style, and how the interviews adapt depending on what you chose to say. I really appreciate the achievements as it could have been realy easy for the developers to put in achievements based on ego points the game awards, but instead have them based on the story or investigating people, places, and objects.
While the puzzles do seem easy, I found that the game does seem to weigh it based on which part of the game it is located in, such as in chapter one you have puzzles you can easily figure out (as a way to introduce looking around for clues) and the last puzzles you do (in chapter three) involve investigating outside of the puzzle.
However, there are some things that more or less annoyed me personally or did not exactly make sense:
-The Eagle Eye achievement
I found this achievement very confusing as the clue given is "Poirot excels in observing human nature! You are receiving this trophy for having penetrated all the people's thoughts with a simple look". It just seems you only have to investigate people, but in reality you have to investigate everything. I'm not sure if it was only me that thought this, but nonetheless it is very confusing as most of the time, the game will not let you leave an area without investigating key items anyway (or clues that will be used later on).
-Investigating items in inventory
The game tells you early on that you should look at items just in case you can interact with them, which is indicated by a hand on the side. I think this would hav worked better if this was either taken out and let the player figure it out or the game tells you when it uses it. This aspect does not come into play till the last chapter. A way I can see this being introduced better (or lack of): As the few objects you can investigate are used in puzzles, and the player already knows you can use items in inventory for puzzles, the player can figure out that these objects are involved, and in turn, see that they can interact with them (as the hand has already been associated with interacting already).
-The signet ring
On the topic of items, one item got me: the signet ring. While first getting the ring, the game tells you the number on it, but not when you go to investigate it for a puzzle. WHen investigating it, it tells you that numbers are written on it and that's it. In both playthroughs I had, I couldn't find the numbers on the ring. I'm not sure if this was the case for everyone though.
-Option the investigate the same items
I found this weird, especially when Pariot says the same thing as he said when you investigated earlier. And with the Eagle Eye achievement, this can be annoying by thinking you would not have to investigate it again when in reality, you will have to get it again. I feel like these items should not have reset (in a sense where it recounts it) , but instead have an option to investigate it again.
-Investigating the letters
I found myself groaning at this part of the gameplay after the second time. Pariot says the same thing each time despite after seeing how the letters are from the same typewriter and already deducting facts about the murderer. I found this pointless considering it really was the same thing except with different letters.
-Just some small things
Obvious investigations: Some deductions are very obvious to the point where Pariot should not have needed the player to deduce it themselves. Along with this, at one point Pariot does ignore an obvious item is missing and act obvilious later on(which did not make sense considering Pariot is supposed to notice these things).
Most puzzles involve the owner hiding items, but these are usually not reset except for a few. You would think the owners would freak out and question why Pariot gone through them without permission (especially in a certain section) and could have made an interesting part in the game if the characters did notice (the game could just fast forward through solving the puzzle again to take away having the player redo it).

Either way, I do recommend this game. As I wish some of the repetitive aspects were not as annoying (and Pariot's talking did not halt the player) this is a great experience.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
There are many things this game did wonderfully, such as the fantastic voice acting, the art style, and how the interviews adapt depending on what you chose to say. I really appreciate the achievements as it could have been realy easy for the developers to put in achievements based on ego points the game awards, but instead have them based on the story or investigating people, places, and objects.
While the puzzles do seem easy, I found that the game does seem to weigh it based on which part of the game it is located in, such as in chapter one you have puzzles you can easily figure out (as a way to introduce looking around for clues) and the last puzzles you do (in chapter three) involve investigating outside of the puzzle.
However, there are some things that more or less annoyed me personally or did not exactly make sense:
-The Eagle Eye achievement
I found this achievement very confusing as the clue given is "Poirot excels in observing human nature! You are receiving this trophy for having penetrated all the people's thoughts with a simple look". It just seems you only have to investigate people, but in reality you have to investigate everything. I'm not sure if it was only me that thought this, but nonetheless it is very confusing as most of the time, the game will not let you leave an area without investigating key items anyway (or clues that will be used later on).
-Investigating items in inventory
The game tells you early on that you should look at items just in case you can interact with them, which is indicated by a hand on the side. I think this would hav worked better if this was either taken out and let the player figure it out or the game tells you when it uses it. This aspect does not come into play till the last chapter. A way I can see this being introduced better (or lack of): As the few objects you can investigate are used in puzzles, and the player already knows you can use items in inventory for puzzles, the player can figure out that these objects are involved, and in turn, see that they can interact with them (as the hand has already been associated with interacting already).
-The signet ring
On the topic of items, one item got me: the signet ring. While first getting the ring, the game tells you the number on it, but not when you go to investigate it for a puzzle. WHen investigating it, it tells you that numbers are written on it and that's it. In both playthroughs I had, I couldn't find the numbers on the ring. I'm not sure if this was the case for everyone though.
-Option the investigate the same items
I found this weird, especially when Pariot says the same thing as he said when you investigated earlier. And with the Eagle Eye achievement, this can be annoying by thinking you would not have to investigate it again when in reality, you will have to get it again. I feel like these items should not have reset (in a sense where it recounts it) , but instead have an option to investigate it again.
-Investigating the letters
I found myself groaning at this part of the gameplay after the second time. Pariot says the same thing each time despite after seeing how the letters are from the same typewriter and already deducting facts about the murderer. I found this pointless considering it really was the same thing except with different letters.
-Just some small things
Obvious investigations: Some deductions are very obvious to the point where Pariot should not have needed the player to deduce it themselves. Along with this, at one point Pariot does ignore an obvious item is missing and act obvilious later on(which did not make sense considering Pariot is supposed to notice these things).
Most puzzles involve the owner hiding items, but these are usually not reset except for a few. You would think the owners would freak out and question why Pariot gone through them without permission (especially in a certain section) and could have made an interesting part in the game if the characters did notice (the game could just fast forward through solving the puzzle again to take away having the player redo it).

Either way, I do recommend this game. As I wish some of the repetitive aspects were not as annoying (and Pariot's talking did not halt the player) this is a great experience.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
Looks great. Sounds great. Really brings great value to a classic novel. Worth a playthrough. Could be somewhat more challenging and longer: I finished the game under 6 hours and didn't probably spend more than a few minutes on each puzzle. These story-wise loyalistic games are also problematic if you know the story beforehand.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Agatha Christie story is always interesting and great implemented with the puzzles. Puzzles are logical and great. Ambient music and voice actors are great, graphics are very nice. The inventory is good. Sometimes you must look closer some objects and do something with it. There are not many locations in the game. There are three murderers, so there are three main locations to explore. The length of the game is about 8 hours.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Well, the reason I buy this game is I am a big fan of Agatha Christie. Her novel, the ABC murder, which I’ve read for over ten hundred times, attracts me very much. And this ABC game, I have to say, is wonderful.

To the novel itself, the story is too attractive. And this game perfectly restore the novel’s plots. What’s more, it makes the player to be a fantastic detective to detect the unbelievable murder.

But, the game does not so good in gameplay. The established ending has limited the player’s freedom. But all in all, I strongly recommend this game.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
As a fan of detective games and Agatha Christie's works, I was excited to play this game. But luckily, I didn't buy it at launch since the game turned out to be a disappointment. The puzzles, which are the core of detective games, are too basic, the clues for them are within the puzzles themselves (or, even better, there's no need for any clues at all), and not to mention that it's really repetitive. Moving Poirot around is mostly annoying, and using a controller is out of question (even though it says it has "Full controller support"). Art is horrible, the character design is bad, voice acting isn't that special either. The game is too easy, there's absolutely no challenge,

There's really no good point by which I could recommend the game.

It's no wonder the price went down from $30 at launch to $15.

P.S. The forums are completely dead. I assume the developers gave up. I posted a question regarding trading cards (haven't gotten a single one, beaten the game within ~6h, it says there's trading cards), no replies even a month later. Other people posted questions as well, no replies. So don't bother.
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138 of 158 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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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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