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[Nintendo Switch] Crime O’Clock Review

[Nintendo Switch] Crime O’Clock Review
EdEN
  • On June 30, 2023

Crime O’Clock from Bad Seed and Just For Games brings us a fun, explorative puzzle point and click adventure on Nintendo Switch. Check our Crime O’Clock review!

 

Crime O’Clock from Bad Seed and Just For Games brings us a fun, explorative puzzle point and click adventure on Nintendo Switch. At its core, this one is a hidden objects game, so you’ll have to travel through time to solve criminal cases by paying attention to each area as you find this or that item within the detailed line art so that you can find the culprits before it’s too late. You are, after all, a time detective! Because of this, you must do whatever it takes to prevent crimes that should never have happened.

Each map that you visit will have different time markers for you to explore so that you can solve each case. There are five different eras for you to visit during your time with Crime O’Clock, which the game describes as follows:

-Steam Age, with automata, crazy inventions, and gothic mysteries.

-Atlantean Age, with its magic crystals and its peaceful and utopian civilization.

-Information Age, based on the real city of Milan in Italy, the developers’ hometown.
It features some of the most iconic buildings, such as Duomo di Milano, Castello Sforzesco, The Last Supper, and many more!

-The Lost Age – the sands of time hide mysteries and technological marvels

– The Aeon Age – bright lights, ruthless corporations, and underground struggles – all hi-tech!

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You’ll be playing the game either with the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con or by making the most of the console’s touchscreen when playing in Tabletop or Portable Mode or if you’re playing Crime O’Clock on a Nintendo Switch Lite console. If using physical inputs, you’ll move the magnifier over each area with the left analog stick as you press and hold down the A button to find any clues. To allow you to get a better look at everything, you will be able to zoom in and out as needed by using the ZL and ZR buttons.

 

By solving each case, the map will react to your actions and change, which will open up new cases for you to work on as you interact with new characters and find new items to aid you. There are several time ticks for you to rewind to, and you should keep a close eye on the many elements on each map at all times since you never know when the tiniest of details can end up making a huge difference.

Something – or someone! – is trying to disturb time, so you’ll have to act quickly if you want to find out what is really going on. The good news is that you won’t be alone in this literal point and click adventure. You have EVE to chip in and aid you. E.V.E. is an advanced AI that will help you with some guidance as well as by giving you access to tools. As you progress further in the game, E.V.E.’s functions will be upgraded, which will, in turn, give you access to more tools. E.V.E. lets you know that you must preserve the time flow from any anomalies.

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To give you an idea of how things will play out once you get started, allow me to discuss the first case in the game, which will act as a tutorial. A mysterious thief broke inside a fashion model’s loft and stole one of her precious jewels. In the true timeline, this crime never took place. This means that something is certainly going on that shouldn’t be happening! You must preserve the time flow while making sure you don’t interfere with the past so that you don’t end up creating further paradoxes.

Click on something or someone, and the system will scan it to check if it’s indeed a clue that can point you in the right direction. For this case, that means clicking on the victim who has been robbed in order to get things going. You can see that she’s talking to a police officer as she reports the theft. By looking at the model, you can see that she’s pointing somewhere. Move the magnifier upwards, and you can click on her apartment, which has a broken window, as well as a door that has been forced.

 

Rewind one time tick, and you’ll be able to see the burglar on the roof of the building next to the apartment, getting ready to strike. Move time forward to the next time tick to look for the thief. Just remember that sometimes characters can change their clothes or that other elements might change while moving through time so that you’re not fooled. If you see someone running with haste from the crime scene, that’s probably a good way of knowing they’re up to no good!

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If you ever need E.V.E.’s help, you can talk to her by using the lightbulb icon on the upper right corner of the screen. If this icon is lit, that means that E.V.E. has a hint that you might be able to use. Once you do click on the hint icon, you will see there’s a hint tab that you can pull to reveal some valuable information. For this particular case, E.V.E. will mention that the suspect is running down the avenue next to the canal. This will prompt you to move the magnifier to the bottom of the screen so that you can find the thief.

Once you find where the thief went after stealing the gem and what he did with it, E.V.E. will let you know that you’ve found evidence that the culprit is indeed guilty, so she’ll send a message back in time to the local police department so that they can arrest him. The local police department will receive a message in one of their computer terminals, so they won’t know about your involvement as a time detective. While you couldn’t prevent the crime, by informing the local police about your findings, you are able to restore the timeline.

For other cases, you will be able to use E.V.E.’s expertise and abilities to learn more about the crime. By extracting biochemical and biometrical data from a crime scene, both from animate and inanimate subjects, you’ll be able to learn more about what happened. Say you find someone who has been murdered. By obtaining the data, you’ll get a chance to determine if the death occurred by, say, poisoning. Just complete a mini-game, and you’ll get the information that you need. You’ll also have to search E.V.E.’s database to identify suspects, as well as decrypt some messages.

 

Crime O’Clock is a fun, explorative puzzle point and click adventure on Nintendo Switch. As you explore the different maps in each of the five ages – Steam Age, Atlantean Age, Information Age, The Lost Age, and The Aeon Age – you will use your skills to solve all of the many cases you’ll be presented with, as you try to find whoever is behind all of this chaos. With E.VE.’s help, you will be able to find each suspect so that you can fix the time flow by solving the many cases on offer. Crime O’Clock is out today on Nintendo Switch with a $19.99 price tag.

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Disclaimer
This Crime O’Clock review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Just For Games.

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A fun, explorative puzzle point and click adventure through time
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