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29 Oct 2023

REVIEW: Agatha Christie - Murder on the Orient Express on Playstation

Review by Jon Donnis
"Agatha Christie: Murder on the Orient Express" for PlayStation is a delightful journey into the world of detective mysteries that will appeal to fans of Hercule Poirot and lovers of classic whodunits. Set in 2023, this game reimagines Christie's iconic murder mystery in a way that both honours the source material and adds a fresh twist to the narrative.

One of the standout features of this game is its gameplay, which draws clear inspiration from the more famous Sherlock Holmes games. The introduction of a "mind map" and similar mechanics adds an exciting dimension to the detective work, requiring players to read and pay attention to small details. It's a refreshing change from the hand-holding approach in many modern games, encouraging players to engage their intellect and keep real-world notepads handy to jot down clues.

The game's music is a real highlight, perfectly capturing the atmosphere of the Orient Express. It sets the stage for a suspenseful and immersive experience that keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the investigation.

Speaking of investigation, the main portion of the game is executed brilliantly. It compels players to scrutinize the surroundings, interact with characters, and meticulously piece together the puzzle. This methodical approach to detective work is both satisfying and true to the spirit of Agatha Christie's novels.

The game doesn't stop at investigation; it offers a fantastic variety of puzzles and mini-games to keep players engaged and challenged. These elements add depth and variety to the gameplay, making the experience even more enjoyable.

If you're a fan of Hercule Poirot's stories and the detective game genre in general, "Agatha Christie: Murder on the Orient Express" is a gem. It stands as one of the better games in this genre, delivering an engaging and thought-provoking experience that is bound to please enthusiasts.

However, no game is without its flaws. The decision not to include David Suchet's voice and likeness for Poirot may disappoint fans who consider him the quintessential portrayal of the character. Additionally, the graphical style might appear somewhat dated, potentially indicating a lower budget for the game. Still, it manages to maintain an intriguing and stylized aesthetic, which helps alleviate this issue.

Another minor drawback is the quality of some voice-over work, which can be uneven at times. This can slightly detract from the overall immersion of the game, but it's a relatively small gripe in the grand scheme of things.

In conclusion, "Agatha Christie: Murder on the Orient Express" is a must-play for fans of detective mysteries and the beloved Hercule Poirot. It successfully modernises a classic tale while retaining the essence of Agatha Christie's work. With its engaging gameplay, captivating storyline, and the addition of a new character, Joanna Locke, this game is a testament to the enduring appeal of Christie's masterful storytelling. Whether you're a seasoned detective game enthusiast or simply looking for an enthralling adventure, this game offers something for everyone. Climb aboard the Orient Express and let the mystery unfold in this engaging, well-crafted gaming experience.

I score Agatha Christie - Murder on the Orient Express on Playstation a solid 8.5/10

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