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Righteous Kill (Mac) Review

 
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Tons of hidden object jumbles, and a great story too.

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Can get repetitive after a while.


Final Fiendish Findings?

Righteous Kill does a skillful job of bringing the atmosphere of an exciting crime drama to your hidden object fun. There isn’t a lot of filler; instead, you have hours of object jumbles to enjoy at your leisure – all tied together with a really interesting story line. Fans of hidden object jumbles and police dramas alike will find a lot to love in Righteous Kill.

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Posted June 13, 2013 by

 
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Crime drama fans rejoice – there’s a new addiction in the App Store that’s sure to get your investigative juices flowing.
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Righteous Kill is a hidden object adventure that takes a page from the book of prime time crime dramas. From the meticulous investigating to the inevitable clashes between coworkers, to the explosive finish, this is a game that immerses you in the experience of investigating a crime. You play as a detective who has been recently assigned to a new unit that is devoted to hunting down vigilantes and bringing them to justice. Your first case involves a man whose family was viciously slain, and who is now suspected of carrying out a series of murders as retaliation. Regardless of your personal feelings on the case, it is your sworn duty to find the killer and bring him to justice.

Your first impression of the game comes in the form of a cutscene involving you and your superior officer. Like your favorite cop shows, there is plenty of drama and emotional outbursts to be had in this and the other cutscenes.The voice acting is pretty good, and the story is engaging and unpredictable. Unfortunately, rather than playing out in an animated scene, these cutscenes feature a series of pictures, and since the mouths (and everything else) aren’t moving, it’s rather confusing to even figure out who is saying what. Aside from that though, you’ll find little to dislike once the game itself begins.

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In a hidden object adventure, obviously the most important factors is the jumbles themselves, and Righteous Kill does a good job of making them challenging without being frustrating. Even better, it does an excellent job of actually tying everything in to the story, giving you real purpose in each and every jumble you complete. Aside from a few mini games, your gameplay consists entirely of these jumbles. You’ll given instructions on where you are in the case – for instance, searching the crime scene for clues – and then presented with a series of locales for you to search for clues in. Each of these locales are a fixed screen object search, with a list of fifteen different items for you to find.

As you advance in the game, you’ll be going back to many of these areas again and again, as mounting evidence sends you back to look at things from a different angle. The location of all the objects in the areas are the same each time you visit them, which can start to seem a little tedious after a while – particularly since sometimes you are even asked to find a few of the same items you’ve already searched for. On the other hand, if you’re looking for an element of realism, Righteous Kill has it in this respect. Police work is a whole lot of revisiting crime scenes again and again as different evidence is uncovered.

There are not a lot of mini games in Righteous Kill, but here and there you are given one and it breaks up the action quite nicely. Like the jumbles themselves, these are done in a way that really supports the story and overall them of the game. You’ll be dusting for fingerprints, and re-assembling torn documents, and piecing together evidence like a pro.

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Righteous Kill does a skillful job of bringing the atmosphere of an exciting crime drama to your hidden object fun. There isn’t a lot of filler; instead, you have hours of object jumbles to enjoy at your leisure – all tied together with a really interesting story line. Fans of hidden object jumbles and police dramas alike will find a lot to love in Righteous Kill.


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)