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Blue Toad Murder Files Impressions

Game Structure

This is a local multiplayer (up to four players), pass the controller, game-show game. Based on the trailer and some reviews, I was expecting an adventure game and I’m surprised at how completely off that impression was.

It’s organized into structured game-show type rounds. Every player gets a score, and is supposed to compete against the other players. There are story sequence rounds, where players need to watch for clues, challenge mini-game type rounds, and quiz sections which test you on story details. The mini-games are very clever and original, and generally, you play each mini-game once and never see it again.

Currently, there are three purchasable episodes. Each “episode” is basically a 60-90 minute game-show type play session. These are not suited for replay since once you’ve seen the solution to the episode’s crime and seen the tricks to all the mini-games, there is no challenge for a replay.

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Blue Toad Murder Files coming to PSN 3/25/10

Blue Toad Murder Files: The Mysteries of Little Riddle, is a  six-episode murder mystery / puzzle game, made exclusively for PSN. It is a single player, or up to a four player co-operative game set in the English village of Little Riddle. The main plot is to follow clues to discover a murderer.  There are many different and challenging puzzles to help you on your way to discovering the muderer in Little Riddle.

Blue Toad Murder Files: The Mysteries of Little Riddle was created by the developers of the game Buzz! The game will feature six seperate downloadable episodes. The first three are being released on the PSN on March 25th. They will be $7.49 each or $14.99 for all three. The official website says that episode three will be available for free between Feb. 25th and March 25th. I’m assuming it is just for the EU Store as the release date for the US is March 25th. This game’s first two episodes were released in Europe back in December.

The game promises “a thrilling cliff hanger at the end of every episode,” with “over 90 puzzles, Whodunnits and cross-examinations,” through the six episodes. The co-op might be fun, however I have no idea how it would even work in a puzzle game. The game looks entertaining enough for me to pick up at least the first episode. One complaint I have heard is that there is very little re-playabilty in the game. Since it has been out in Europe for a couple months, there are sure to be reviews around the web. Has anyone here on PS3Blog.net played it yet? What are your opinions of the game?

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Relentless Software Developing Murder Mystery Game Exclusive to PSN

Blue Toad Murder Files
Relentless Software, developer of the popular Buzz franchise, today announced that they are straying away a little bit from the trivia games to bring us a murder mystery game called Blue Toad Murder Files, their first self-publishing title. Not too many details about the game, besides it being an episodic adventure. According to the game’s official site, we won’t be seeing any real information until September.

Executive Director David Amor has told Joystiq:

We’re really excited to be self publishing this. The murder mystery genre has been a staple in TV, books and movies for years and we think we’ve come up with a great videogame interpretation.

According to GamesIndustry.biz, the game will be released in December. There is also an interview they had with David Amor and Andrew Eades available here.

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