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Cainsville Files (iOs) Review

 
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Well written story line that you'll want to see more of.

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Interaction is limited to story choices.


Final Fiendish Findings?

For avid readers, and anyone who is looking for something just a little different, Cainsville Files is a very well written story presented in a rather unique way, and it’s well worth the time to give it a play through (or two).

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Posted August 2, 2013 by

 
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Jenn McCoy has finally gotten a big case. The former police officer turned private investigator is struggling to make a name for herself in a competitive field. But even with the help of a loyal cop friend, it isn’t easy to break into the business. So when a face from the past shows up with an interesting case, Jenn has no choice but to take the job.

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This case is about more than just money, though. Jenn’s ex-boyfriend has gone missing, and all signs point to him and his fiancee being possible victims of the Valentine Killer – a chilling serial murderer who takes down couples in the prime of their love. As Jenn works her way deeper into the case, her investigation takes her to the town of Cainsville. From an eery psychic to mysterious gargoyles, Cainsville is definitely not your average rural town, and Jenn soon realizes that there is a lot more at stake here than a paycheck. She’ll have to look deep into the past (and into herself) to solve this case.

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Written by Kelley Armstrong (author of the Otherworld series) as a preview to her upcoming book Omens, Cainsville Files has all mystery and great writing you’d expect from a bestselling author. But how does it stand up as a game? That’s an answer that depends entirely on your need for action. While the story line is nonstop thrills and chills, the game itself works at a much calmer pace. In fact, the only interaction you have is to choose where the story leads next.

Cainsville Files reminds me a lot of the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure books we all enjoyed as a child, and it plays out just like them as well. You are given a piece of the story, and then you choose what the next step should be from a list of possible choices. The choices you make can’t be undone, and you can’t go back and try something you missed without restarting the game. What you choose definitely makes the difference between whether you solve the mystery, or perhaps end up in a tragic end yourself. Even if you do finish, the game will let you know how many clues you’ve missed – making it a game you are likely to come back to time and again.

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That being said – this is strictly an interactive story. You won’t find any fast paced battle sequences or challenging hidden object scenes, so keep that in mind if you have a need for that sort of thing in your apps. For avid readers, and anyone who is looking for something just a little different, Cainsville Files is a very well written story presented in a rather unique way, and it’s well worth the time to give it a play through (or two).


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)