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Cadenza: Music, Betrayal and Death - Review

Since the start of 2014, there have been so many great games - nonetheless, none of them had really totally blew our minds away. Then comes Cadenza, a brand new Hidden Object Adventure from the award-winning Mad Head Games. Cadenza perfectly tied in the theme of music with dark murder mysteries, what an unforgettable  experience!



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Name: Cadenza: Music, Betrayal and Death Collector's Edition
Release Date: 13 April 2014
Developer: Mad Head Games

It's 1941 and you have just arrived at your father's Jazz Pepper Club. However, the scene that greeted you was not what you have expected - all of the customers and the staff in the club are frozen in place. You have to dig deep behind this mysterious case, hunt down the resurrected musician who is the figure behind all this madness while at the same time, surface all the secrets of the Dixie Peppers Band! Cadenza has this very unique and creative storyline centered around this person who uses music as his murder instrument. In addition to the strong main plot, there is also a handful of solid story twists.

As with all other games from Mad Head, Cadenza featured epic sights and sounds. The visuals are outstanding as usual, the scenes are well-lit and locations are expertly crafted. Characters look realistic with professional, not over-the-top voice overs. What is special about Cadenza is its jazz-vibe; all of the scores and soundtracks are original and very beautifully composed. The audio in Cadenza is perhaps the very best in the  casual games industry.

Moreover, Cadenza: Music, Betrayal and Death is an extremely innovative game. This does not mean that it is particularly challenging though because it is not. Despite that, Cadenza offers some unique tasks and interactions, cool scene-explorations and clever dialogues. The creativity is vivid even in the hidden object scenes; they come in different formats and some are a mix of all the formats so they never get boring. The puzzles are smart and fit in excellently with the storyline.

There is nothing to worry about Cadenza, even its length, is very long. The main game lasted 4 hours for us and the prequel Bonus Chapter which is equally awesome, lasted around an hour. Purchasing the Collector's Edition is certainly a wise decision since the extra content extends the game ever longer with good bonus puzzles and collectible-hunt. Throughout the game, there are also Musical Notes and Morphing Objects to keep your eyes out for, both are extremely well-hidden.

We can never get enough of Cadenza: Music, Betrayal and Death, from its astonishing sights and sounds to its inventive gameplay. Mad Head has done it again, brought us another remarkable game to add to our collection. Now it is quite tempting to see what Mad Head will do to startle us in their next releases.

Graphics: 5/5 Stars
Sound: 5/5 Stars
Story: 5/5 Stars
Originality: 5/5 Stars
Gameplay: 5/5 Stars
Puzzles: 4.5/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 5/5 Stars
Fun Factor: 5/5 Stars
Extras: 5/5 Stars


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