In Dead Reckoning: The Crescent Case, you play a detective investigating a series of murders at a carnival in the 1920s. We always love when developers implement the 'carnival' theme in their games, and Eipix did it so amazingly in this new Dead Reckoning installment.
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Name: Dead Reckoning: The Crescent Case Collector's Edition
Release Date: 24 July 2015
Developer: Eipix Entertainment
Dead Reckoning is definitely one of the best detective HOPA franchises in the market - the way the story engages you into the game and all the detective tools given really make you feel like you are taking on the role of a detective. In The Crescent Case, we are given a suspenseful-although not revolutionary-storyline, along with a Forensics Kit and an Evidence Board. The Forensics Kit featured a creative mini-game that helps you figure out what is the cause of the victim's death and the Evidence Board is an organized way to keep track of all the events and suspects.
In terms of the level of challenge, The Crescent Case is not a terribly difficult game. The adventure part of the game is pretty straightforward, too easy at times; however, we were really impressed by the hidden object scenes and the puzzles. As Eipix has proven to us again and again, they really make some of the very best hidden object scenes. The hidden object scenes in this game are complex, some with mini-games layered inside - all very entertaining and unbelievably smart. In addition, The Crescent Case has some interesting puzzles that were developed to fit with the storyline. Arguably, some of them could use a better instruction text.
The game also scored high in the production department. The graphics in the game could not have been better; the colors, the quality and the details are on point. At the same time, the soundtracks are the usual Eipix's high standard.
No matter how much we enjoyed playing Dead Reckoning: The Crescent Case, the truth is, it feels really familiar. That is, The Crescent Case is similar to the developer's recently-released Danse Macabre: Thin Ice - perhaps, too similar. We would certainly appreciate either a more innovative storyline or a more challenging, unique adventure gameplay.
The Collector's Edition of The Crescent Case is stuffed with bonuses, consult the checklist for more information. As for the bonus chapter, it provided us an extra hour with solid entertainment. That brought our total playtime to 5 hours.
Dead Reckoning: The Crescent Case might not be groundbreaking, but it is undeniably fun. The gorgeous visuals, stunning audio and cool puzzles and HOs really made up for its uninspiring detective theme.
Graphics: 5/5 Stars
Sound: 5/5 Stars
Story: 3.5/5 Stars
Originality: 3/5 Stars
Originality: 3/5 Stars
Gameplay: 3.5/5 Stars
Puzzles: 4/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 5/5 Stars
Fun Factor: 4/5 Stars
Extras: 5/5 Stars
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