Agatha Christie: The ABC Murders
Hercule Poirot’s reliance on his famed “little grey cells” makes him a tricky videogame hero. Physical clues aren’t as important as psychological tells teased out through mind games and double bluffs, neither of which are easy to show on screen. Instead, this is a conservative point-and-click mystery where you pick at crime scenes, quiz locals and pry secrets from locked boxes.
The one concession to Poirot’s often odd behaviour are ego points, earned by staying true to his character. This means playing the rude foreigner and keeping your moustache in check – there’s a 200G Achievement for preening before every in-game mirror. When a game functions better as a tache-cleaning sim, you know you’re in trouble. Challenge 1: Find each other. Challenge 2: Find and shoot whoever composed the awful music. only scoring player is also the most visible, smartly balancing the action.
But One Shot mode shows Screencheat’s premise at its best. Guns only reload after everyone’s fired their shot, leading to mad scrambles to figure out everyone’s places before the next chance to blast each other. It forces you to really embrace the gimmicky premise, as opposed to straight deathmatch modes, where it’s too tempting to blast the grenade launcher until you get lucky.
There’s fun to be had, but the idea feels too lightweight to sustain a whole game. Most of the enjoyment comes from figuring out what the hell’s going on. Once you have, longterm appeal might be as hard to see as your rivals.
Xbox One Tom Stone £11.99