[PS4] Murder Mystery Machine Review
In Murder Mystery Machine from Blazing Griffin and Microids you are part of the District Crime Agency in this murder noir thriller. Learn more in our Murder Mystery Machine review!
In Murder Mystery Machine from Blazing Griffin and Microids, you are part of the District Crime Agency in this murder noir thriller. You play as Cassandra Clarke, who, after an excellent performance through the Academy over the previous 24 months, being ranked in the top percentile of graduates, is offered a position as a Junior Detective in the DCA by Captain William Merrick. The game is played from an isometric perspective as you explore small locations that feel like detailed dioramas of sorts. You’ll start your time with this adventure game thriller by introducing yourself to Detective Nathaniel Huston – a.k.a. Nate – who will be your new partner.
After this not very promising interaction, you’re assigned to an investigation to try and solve the murder of prominent politician Frank Daniels. All of the evidence seems to point to a botched robbery – which would make this an open-and-shut case – but Cassandra has a feeling that things are not what they seem. You and Nate will find yourselves going down a spiral of clues that tie this murder to a series of interconnected crimes. Do you have what it takes to find the truth of not only this murder but all the other cases?
You’ll move around each area with the left analog stick as you interact with other characters and review objects for any potential clues by pressing the X button. There’s going to be a lot of reading in this one since there is no voice acting, and characters do tend to talk a lot. You can rotate the camera with the L1 and R1 buttons and can zoom in and out as needed with the R2 and L2 buttons so that you can get a better look at things. You can toggle between the crime scene and the workspace by pressing the Square button.
You’ll have to interact with the titular Murder Mystery Machine – the MMM for short – to be able to check the first scene of the first episode. You will pick an unlocked Crime Node to start an investigation. Once you arrive at a location, you’ll start to search for clues. In the case of the murder of Frank Daniels, it was his neighbors who called the police after hearing a gunshot. You will need to complete each objective that pops up at the bottom of the screen. As to not spoil things too much for you, I’ll talk about the first objective.
You’re asked to collect as much evidence as possible and to submit the murder weapon. You will add evidence to the workspace, where each piece of evidence will be linked to at least one other piece of evidence as you start to put together the overall puzzle. You can move evidence around a bit and organize it in groups to make it easier to see how this piece of information might be connected to that particular item or individual. To do this, press the R1 button to change modes so that you can move each piece of evidence around. As mentioned before, you can toggle between the workspace and the crime scene by pressing the Square button.
In the room, you will locate a sharp letter opener, as well as a 9mm handgun. Since the neighbors heard a gunshot, that would mean that odds are the 9mm handgun is the murder weapon… especially since there’s a 9mm shell cashing near Frank Daniels, there’s blood on the carpet, and he has a bullet wound. Thanks to this, you’ll be able to establish a link on the workspace between the 9mm handgun and the bullet wound. Just press the X button when hovering over the bullet wound info and then trace a line to the 9mm handgun. Once your cursor is hovering over the 9mm handgun, press the X button again, and you’ll have established a link! You should probably also link the 9mm handgun to the 9mm shell casing you found near Frank Daniels.
Each scene will require that you answer a series of questions related to the who, what, why, where, when, and how for the case. A big one is, of course, who is the killer? Some of your evidence will have a blue question mark over it, which means that said evidence is not tied to other nodes and has not been completely corroborated. This will prevent you from linking said evidence to the who, what, why, where, when, and how of the case. If you select the 9mm handgun and link it to the what, an icon will pop on it. This will allow you to select the double arrow on the bottom right corner of the screen so that you can submit it as the murder weapon.
Depending on the number of items you discover, how much evidence you collect, the correct deductions you make, the correct accusations, and if you don’t use any hints or have any failed attempts, you will receive an overall rating for your work, as well as a detective rank. The best detective rating is going to be 100 out of 100, while the best detective rank is an A+. Given the game’s nature, there’s going to be some trial and error during each scene and episode you play, but as long as you learn from your mistakes, you will improve your investigation and deduction skills.
As expected, completing each episode in the game will grant you a trophy, while most of the rest is tied to getting an A+ grade for each episode you finish. Since the game has a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy, split into 3 Bronze trophies, eight Silver trophies, and eight Gold trophies, as long as you complete all episodes with an A+ rank, you’ll unlock all of the trophies in the game and will add one new Platinum to your collection. Oh, and you’ll need to unlock all extra outfits for Cass and Nate as well! Just check the closet and review the requirements for getting each one of the outfits – hint: you will need to find secret items in each of the episodes in the game to unlock all outfits!
Murder Mystery Machine is a chill murder noir thriller in which you’ll be exploring small diorama-style locations as you find new clues that will point you in the right direction to not only find the killer of the politician from the first episode but also what is really going on behind it all through the overall story arc for this whole season. Murder Mystery Machine is out on PlayStation 4 with a $19.99 asking price.
This Murder Mystery Machine review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Microids.